National Grid Warns Britain Could Face Winter Power Cuts

GENERATOR CLOSURES and breakdowns mean spare electricity capacity will be down to just 4% this year, National Grid has announced, compared to a previous margin of 17%.


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Concerns about energy security after a fire have forced the closure of Didcot B, a gas-fired station in Oxfordshire which produces enough electricity to meet the needs of one million households. It was reduced to half capacity with Ironbridge and Ferrybridge also crippled by fires earlier this year and supply hit by plans to close a site at Barking in east London.

Data from the energy regulator show 17,657 blackouts affecting 3.5million people this year, compared with 1,600 cuts affecting 180,900 just two years previously.

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