The UK is facing power blackouts this coming winter…and all because of their much vaunted green energy solutions…which don’t work.
Britain’s electricity supplies will be at their tightest level in a decade this winter, forcing the country to rely on emergency measures to ensure the lights stay on, according to official forecasts.
The closure of three power stations has increased the risk of blackouts since last winter, new analysis by National Grid shows.
The ‘safety buffer’ margin between peak winter electricity demand in and the output from Britain’s ageing power stations is likely to fall to just 1.2 per cent – down from 4.1 per cent last year, it finds.
But an emergency system of backup power plants, first introduced last winter, will be in place again this year to help prevent blackouts, the company said.
Even with the backup plants in place, the effective spare margin last winter was 6 per cent and this year will fall to 5.1 per cent – the lowest since 2007-08, Grid data shows.
The backup power plant operators will be paid £37 million to guarantee they can fire up if needed in an emergency, and more if they are actually called upon. Read more »