Quite an insight into the central nervus system of the electricity grid in the UK.
Ours works in the same way. I've worked in both control centers of the eastern states grid. I'm a grid analyst.
I was surprised to hear they share power with france, wales etc... thats great!
We have QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and TAS all connected and trading with each other. WA and NT are too far away. We could connect to NZ which might have some merits but the link would be $$$.
Interesting bit on wind turbines how they can control them from the center to tell them to generate more or less.
You can command wind farms to generate less, in which case they brake some of the turbines in the farm. But you can't command them to produce more.
He said a few times that when they are over producing they turn down or switch off stuff starting at the highest cost and working their way down. That made me wonder, for wind they obvious factor into how long it takes for the bearings to get fucked and the cost of replacing it. So I hope all those costs of all that are lower then it costs to chuck some coal into a furnice :(
National Grid don't calculate the costs. Each power station volunteers what they believe their costs are, and then National Grid instruct based on those submitted costs. Anyway, ordinarily you would only back off wind farms as a last resort, as their energy cost is near zero because wind is free, while coal and gas aren't cause you have to pay for the fuel.
If you're interested in what they said about their 'pumped storage' in the video, well we have that too....that's what Wivenhoe is, in addition to a town water dam and a flood mitigation tool.
Oh and btw, big surprise but faceman doesn't know what he's talking about.