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Mr Clark also pointed out that the scale of the blackouts could in fact be three times worse than the Government predictions. He said some of the modelling used was “optimistic†as it assumes little or no change in electricity demand up until to 2020.

Why are we always left in the dark about these things? :rolleyes:

Sounds familiar!

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Their figures also assume their bull$hit renewable targets can be met, even if the amount of installed wind capacity is in place by then, that doesn't mean that amount of actual generation will follow.

Edited by sillybear2

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I see that the projected rationing method is to cut power altogether, rather than by using pricing to match demand to available supply. What's that about then? :huh:

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Guest DissipatedYouthIsValuable
I hear there is going to be a shortage of dwarves soon too

*Runs around in a blind panic*

Edited by DissipatedYouthIsValuable

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Demand for power from homes and businesses will exceed supply from the national grid within eight years, according to official figures.

The shortage of supplies will hit the equivalent of many as 16 million families for at least one hour during the year, it is forecast.

One hour during the year? Do we get to choose which one?

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbys...ince-1970s.html

Demand for power from homes and businesses will exceed supply from the national grid within eight years, according to official figures.

The shortage of supplies will hit the equivalent of many as 16 million families for at least one hour during the year, it is forecast.

Not since the early 1970s when the three-day week was introduced to preserve coal has Britain faced the prospect of reationing energy use.

The gap between Britain’s energy needs and demand throws fresh doubt on the Government’s assertion that renewable energy can make up for dwindling nuclear and coal capabilities.

Over the next 10 years, one third of Britain’s power-generating capacity needs to be replaced with cleaner fuels. But last night the Conservatives said that Labour had refused to face up to the problem.

The admission that Britain will face power-cuts is contained in a document that accompanied the Government’s Low Carbon Transition Plan, which was launched in July.

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, outlined the plan amid much fanfare.

Under the plan, 40 per cent of the UK’s electricity will need to come from low-carbon energy sources including clean coal, nuclear and renewables.

Accompanying the report is an appendix, only published online, which warns of power shortages. It details supplies and expected demand between now and 2030.

It highlights the first short-fall in 2017. The “energy unserved†level reaches 3000 megawatt hours per year.

That is the equivalent of the whole of the Nottingham area being without electricity for a day.

By 2025 the situation worsens with the shortfall hitting 7000 megawatt hours per year. That is the equivalent to an hour-long power cut for half of Britain.

TVs in every room sustainable?

More energy efficient devices to fix the shortfall?

Edited by interestrateripoff

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Compared to the 1970's a power blackout is going to be much more severe, since we are so dependent electrical devices to undertake even the most basic tasks.

A quick list to show the amount of things we now depend on a day to day basis, with much less scope to get around difficulties compared to the 70's.

Debit card and credit card transactions,

Electronic cash tills,

Air conditioned only buildings,

Internet servers and fixed computers,

Power operated doors,

Gas central heating systems,

Cordless fixed line telephones,

Mobile phones - mobile phone masts requiring electrical supply,

More trains powered by electricity as opposed to diesel,

Electric cars,

Taps and toilet urinals operated by PIR sensors.

Edited by Take Me Back To London!

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If Britain is to succeed it must be forward planning, not backward looking.

George Santayana may have said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" but it was said in the context of a speech on progress, and progress Britain surely needs.

What are its national goals?

Where does the country hope to be by say 2050?

How is it to achieve those goals?

One thing is for: progressing towards the country that The People want it to be can only be achieved when The People are able to control its direction. The present system of democracy ensures that it is impossible. Change the system and you'll soon get the country you want.

Why steer the country with a pair of antique Victorian horse reins

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when you can use a satnav and a steering wheel?

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Santayana's quote in full.

Edited by Dave Spart

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I can't speak for all retail businesses obviously - but back as far as 1990 Tesco had generators which kicked in to keep the tills alive if the power went.

Some of the large supermarkets sites might have back-up generators to keep the fridges going. The smaller or high-street supermarkets and shops are going to be blacked out. Even if a supermarket has an emergency generator, the electronic debit transactions are going to be depended on the external banking systems to continue to work.

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