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July 10, 2016

UK Winter Blackouts Possible – Only 0.1% Spare Capacity

Filed under: Coal,UK — sunshinehours1 @ 9:12 AM
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The UK is in a bad way for this coming winters electricity supplies.

Britain may have to rely on costly emergency measures to keep the lights on this winter after spare capacity in the power market fell to the lowest level on record.

Power stations operating under normal market conditions will produce barely enough electricity to meet peak demand following a series of coal plant closures, National Grid analysis shows.

The “spare margin” between peak electricity demand and the supplies likely to be available in the market has fallen to just 0.1pc, the lowest on record.

As a result, National Grid has been forced to intervene and bolster supplies by paying 10 power plants £123m to stay open through an emergency scheme, the costs of which will be passed on to consumers through their energy bills.

It will then make additional payments to these back-up power plants to fire up, if they are needed as a “last resort” to prevent blackouts. These costs, which could easily run to tens of millions of pounds in a cold snap, will also be passed on to consumers.

The emergency scheme will bring the UK’s overall spare power margin up to 5.5pc, a “manageable” level to keep the lights on, the company said.



  1. A small price to pay for the UK to ‘Save the World™’ singlehanded…

    Comment by catweazle666 — July 10, 2016 @ 3:34 PM | Reply

    • With the additional benefit of a reality check which will send the green fanatics into a spin “Don’t look at me it ain’t my fault”

      Comment by Paul — July 11, 2016 @ 6:38 AM | Reply

  2. It would be nice to think that Gummer et al would one day be charged with treason, or at least recklessness.

    Comment by William Baird — July 11, 2016 @ 12:08 AM | Reply

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