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National Grid Accelerates Emergency Plan To Seek Extra Electricity

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National grid has activated an emergency plan to seek extra electricity from power station operators over the Winter period.

NG is now investigating a program of paying customers to reduce energy consumption over Winter in order to try to avoid blackouts.

Energy regulator Ofgem and the Department for Energy and Climate Change both said they supported the decision.

"We are confident that National Grid has the right levers to keep the lights on. However, no electricity system anywhere in the world can give a 100% guarantee that the lights will stay on," added an Ofgem spokesman.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29038804

Clearly, this was completely unexpected, and nothing to do with shutting down multiple power stations and blocking planning permission for construction of new ones.

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National grid has activated an emergency plan to seek extra electricity from power station operators over the Winter period.

NG is now investigating a program of paying customers to reduce energy consumption over Winter in order to try to avoid blackouts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29038804

Clearly, this was completely unexpected, and nothing to do with shutting down multiple power stations and blocking planning permission for construction of new ones.

...bring out the candles and hot water bottles....trust 3 day week is not considered...

Edited by South Lorne

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No you don't under stand.

They've got the RIGHT LEVERS.

I'm not worried. Things will be fine.

Anyone want a complete set of electricians tools and van?

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...bring out the candles and hot water bottles....trust 3 day week is not considered...

I have nice childhood memories from the 70's rolling power cuts, 3 day week etc.

Tea cooked on a camping stove then sat around the fire in candlelight singing, playing games and generally interacting. :)

Can you imagine how modern society and many people would cope these days if that happens again?

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I have nice childhood memories from the 70's rolling power cuts, 3 day week etc.

Tea cooked on a camping stove then sat around the fire in candlelight singing, playing games and generally interacting. :)

Can you imagine how modern society and many people would cope these days if that happens again?

Might do wonders for the pub trade too.

Also, short Facebook.

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I have nice childhood memories from the 70's rolling power cuts, 3 day week etc.

Tea cooked on a camping stove then sat around the fire in candlelight singing, playing games and generally interacting. :)

Can you imagine how modern society and many people would cope these days if that happens again?

...not many ..there would be a petition ...

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...not many ..there would be a petition ...

Well I wouldn't be bothering to sign it I've made my own arrangements!

Call me skeptical if you wish but it won't surprise me if one day in the foreseeable future that power needs aren't met.

Thankfully I have a multi-fuel stove to meet personal heat, cooking and hot water demands. And I can make my own candles too. Plus if things get really bad I can take off in my camper van. Just sensible arrangements IMO.

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Time to accelerate the rollout of tidal energy generation, the source best suited to UK geography to meet our long-term needs (alongside nuclear). Scotland and Wales have well-advanced projects, but England lags.

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Is this not cos Putin is likely to shut off the taps this winter unless he gets his way

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National grid has activated an emergency plan to seek extra electricity from power station operators over the Winter period.

NG is now investigating a program of paying customers to reduce energy consumption over Winter in order to try to avoid blackouts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29038804

Clearly, this was completely unexpected, and nothing to do with shutting down multiple power stations and blocking planning permission for construction of new ones.

That's coal and nuclear for you - inherently unreliable.

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What's that you say - Government interfering in a market and then it blowing up sometime later down the line?

Just as well they are not diddling around with housing and mortgages then.

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These days a power cut will have a much greater I mpact on commerce, peoples lives and the general functioning of the country than it did back then.

Our lives run on the internet. This forum would cease because there would be no HPC server, no backbone, no ISP and no power for your router or pc. Even my cat flap wouldn't work in a power cut.

Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of teenagers running around demented because the can't charge their phones and text their mates!

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Please tell me that the taxpayer will fund new power stations to give to the "privatised" energy companies so they can make a profit on them.

We are a bankrupt nation with a bankrupt infrastructure. I wonder if London will look so appealing to the wealthy when it can't keep the lights on?

Still I think there should be a campaign to keep the North in the dark so the lights can remain on in London.

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