There will be few on this fair isle (or elsewhere in the world) that have not witnessed something of the mania that has followed the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton due to take place tomorrow. The media have been pouring over the details of the event – the flowers, the dress, the rehearsal, the security, the cost but few have so far looked at the power that will bring the event to life. Now before you ask I don’t mean love, but instead something far less romantic and far more practical - the national power grid.
I read with interest the release from the National Grid today which talks about the unique set of circumstances from which their team of forecasters are having to conjure an accurate forecast of demand for Friday. Without the sterling work of these forecasters the lack of an invitation for the former PM may not be the only brownout of the day.
Apparently the 1,000 MW surge forecasters are anticipating after the exchange of rings is equivalent to 400,000 kettles being boiled – so it looks like we’ll all be toasting the wedding with a cuppa rather than the traditional bubbly.
Personally speaking I probably won’t give over much of a welcome day off to watch the celebrations and so will give the forecasters little to worry about, but I’d like to wish the happy couple and the forecasters the best of luck!