Britain could suffer a big blackout similar to America's as early as this winter, a Government energy adviser warned today. Professor Ian Fell was speaking after cuts left 50 million Americans in the dark.
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Britain could face a winter of power outages and even a return to a three-day week when three power stations close next year.
UK wind leaders have expressed growing dismay at the extent and likely effects of subsidy cuts, warning the government’s lack of future energy planning leaves the country wide open to the ever-greater risk of power shortages
A wave of power plant closures threatens to push Britain's creaking ... and put UK businesses with interruptible contracts at greater risk of supply ... Unite, the trade union, has warned of "the very real prospect of power cuts"
The risk of blackouts this winter has increased compared with a year ago, according to National Grid. It says the closure of some power stations will have left spare capacity on the system at just 1.2% - the worst for a decade.
The risk of electricity blackouts this winter has soared to the highest level in a DECADE, which will force Britain to rely on emergency measures to ensure the lights stay on.