All I want for Christmas is no power cuts

3 September 2014

Energy. Lots of it. Expensive. Winter may not be such a wonderland with possible power cuts.

That's the vibe The National Grid are giving out, as they've asked electricity suppliers to indicate how much more spare capacity they have for peak times this Winter.

It wants to be sure that it can muster through each side of Christmas without plunging us all into blackouts.

This scheme has been brought forward by a year, as the Grid have been coping with plant repairs, fires and closures of main power stations.

The idea that the country could face power cuts is going to put the shit up the government, who are already aware that a less-than-fully operational power generation is likely to cause issues.

As part of the greener incentives brought in, new power plants are taking their sweet time to get up to full capacity, while older, more polluting plants become decommissioned.

The jolly sounding Cordi O'Hara, National Grid's director of UK market operations, reckons: "At this stage we don't know if these reserve services will be needed, but they could provide an additional safeguard."

Power generators would have to prove they'd be available to provide additional electricity between 7am and 9pm from November to February, the months with the highest demand for the likes of lights and heating.

Still, at least bored couples can get off with each other during Christmas powercuts, which means even more September babies, eh?

TOPICS:   Utilities   Motoring

1 comment

  • Fat H.
    Look on the bright side. At least the leccy bill will be less if it ain't being used. Bring on the power cuts!

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