Britain predicts days of winter blackouts

Households across the UK are said to face the prospect of days of blackouts over the winter months under an emergency rationing scheme.

In anticipation of possible gas shortages during the winter months, when imports from countries such as Norway and France are at risk, the British government is said to have drawn up plans for a four-day blackout in the under a “reasonable worst-case scenario”.

According to a Bloomberg report, government officials fear the country will face a shortage of around 17% of typical demand, even if emergency measures to reopen shuttered coal plants are put in place.

A plan has therefore been put in place to cut off electricity to households over a four-day period in January when demand for gas heating peaks.

A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy warned that the plan is “not something we expect to happen”.

“Households, businesses and industry can be sure they will get the electricity and gas they need,” the spokesperson added.

The warning comes as Britons face another massive rise in energy prices, with consultancy Cornwall Insight predicting a typical bill could reach £4,266 by January.

These prices are governed by the so-called energy price cap, a socialist-style government measure that was intended to keep bills stable. In practice, the cap has swung between the extremes of failing energy companies preventing them from charging the market rate and then shocking homeowners as the government regulator belatedly adjusts the mandatory cap to catch up with reality.

The cap was set at £1,400 a year last October.

Indeed, the cap will be raised by regulator Ofgem in October and again at the start of the new year to avoid a repeat of last year when dozens of energy suppliers went bankrupt after failing to afford to supply power at the locked rate.

The expected price increases to the cap will further endanger millions of households on the brink of fuel poverty. According The telegraphsix million households already owe an average of £206 to their energy suppliers, an increase from £188 in April and a 250% increase from September last year.

In total, UK households owe a record £1.3billion to energy suppliers, despite the fact that the summer months are when homes typically build up credit by using less energy in anticipation of higher winter bills.

The worrying winter situation is likely to be exacerbated by Norway’s announcement on Monday of its intention to limit its energy exports during the winter to avoid shortages on its home front.

Aurora Energy Research says any cuts from Norway could lead Britain to look to opening up strategic coal reserves to keep the national grid running at pace.

Germany, which like Britain pursued a left-wing green wind and solar agenda, instead of more reliable forms of energy like fracking and nuclear, and was therefore largely dependent on Russia of its energy, has already been forced to reopen on coal. power plants in light of Moscow’s supply cuts.

Signaling a potential shift away from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s green policy, the frontrunner in the race to replace him as Tory leader, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she would roll back the Johnson-era moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. His opponent in the race, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also backed the idea of ​​a return to hydraulic fracturing.

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