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Nordic TSOs blow war horn in face of looming wind collapse

Large amounts of wind energy create a power system that could ultimately collapse, similarly to the UK's big blackout in the autumn of 2019. To prevent this, Nordic transmission system operators now join together to find a solution.

Among other things, the disconnection of Hornsea led to the UK blackout in the fall. Now TSOs attempt to prevent wind energy from creating a similar collapse in the Nordics. | Photo: Joachim Adrian

On Aug. 9, 2019, the lights went out in large parts of the UK, where 936,000 UK residents were suddenly without power. The breakdown only lasted an hour, but it happened right in the middle of rush hour, leading to commuters being trapped for hours on trains and London-bound flights being canceled, among other things.

Despite its brief duration, this blackout in the UK is regarded as the worst of its kind in a decade, and that's because it wasn't just a breakdown at a power plant or an interrupted connection.

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