What millions of UK households could be told to do to avoid blackouts this winter

Posted: July 24, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Uncertainty
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More to come? [image credit: thecount.com]

The fruits of climate-obsessed Government energy policies, including dismantling the power station system in favour of part-time renewables, are becoming ever clearer. Needless to say, it doesn’t look good.
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Households could be asked to turn down their thermostats and switch off their lights under Government plans to avoid winter blackouts.

Emergency contingency plans for a gas or electricity supply shortage include public appeals to use less energy, The Telegraph can reveal.

Amid mounting concern over shortages in the coming months, the National Grid has held meetings in recent days with representatives from energy intensive industries to try and avoid a worst case scenario of blackouts or a shutdown of supply.

EU countries have been asked to cut their gas usage by 15 per cent from next month, amid fears they will not be able to store enough for winter after Russia reduced supply via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Several European countries including Germany, Austria and France have already appealed to the public to cut their energy use by taking shorter showers, switching off lights and turning down thermostats.

Official contingency plans for the UK seen by The Telegraph include the option for the Government to give similar advice.

The document states that public appeals to cut electricity and gas usage could be delivered at regular intervals via radio, television and social media as well as posters and leaflets.
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Ministers are understood to be extremely reluctant to appeal to the public to cut their energy use, and believe that record high prices will naturally reduce demand.

Full article here.
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Alternative source:
Back to the dark ages? Now millions of Britons could be told to switch off the lights and turn down the thermostat to avoid blackouts this winter under emergency plans (Daily Mail)

  1. Philip Mulholland says:

    Ministers are understood to be extremely reluctant to appeal to the public to cut their energy use, and believe that record high prices will naturally reduce demand.

    Which was the plan all along.

  2. […] What millions of UK households could be told to do to avoid blackouts this winter […]

  3. Susan Ewens says:

    On 5th July the British Geological Survey submitted its report on Fracking to the government:

    “Following independent external peer review, a report has been submitted today, 5 July 2022, to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for consideration. The outcome of the report and any further communication regarding the report or its publication, will be handled by BEIS: newsdesk@beis.gov.uk. ”

    This was nearly 3 weeks ago.
    Is there any news/leak of the recommendation yet?

  4. catweazle666 says:

    Freeze and starve in the dark?
    Never mind, it’ll get rid of some more of those parasitic State Pensioners who have managed to survive Covid…

  5. Coeur de Lion says:

    Have we heard how many ‘heat deaths’ occurred as a result of our tiny little patch of warm air? Gone quiet? None? But I await the tragedy of excess cold deaths this winter – may hit an all time high. To be blamed on global warming.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Closing down coal power and gas storage not looking so smart any more.
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    The fracking review is on ice at least until a new leader is appointed. Truss claims to be in favour of it, in principle at least. Maybe another trial might happen.


  7. stpaulchuck says:

    it’s all on the voters across Europe and the US that most western governments are kakistocracies now. They voted in pols who are all in with feelz projects like this windmill and solar panel nonsense. Now they feel so good about themselves… as they freeze their butts off in the blackouts.

  8. Paul Vaughan says:

    If someone has to go without food and winter shelter, let it be the politicians.

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    Surely it should be done in Green enthusiasm order? So all those on 100% renewables tariffs get cut off first. That ought to relieve a fair bit of pressure on the Grid.

  10. It doesn't add up... says:

    Households will be told to switch off lights to avoid blackouts! YCNMIU

    In Spanish they say “No hay luz” when there is a power cut…. there is no light.

  11. I say build wind farms outside the Parliament buildings. There is an awful lot of used hot air from them.

    And as for the crap coming out, that could generate methane.

  12. oldbrew says:

    London narrowly avoided post-heatwave blackout
    Published 24 minutes ago

    Britain paid the highest price on record for electricity in London last week as the capital narrowly avoided a power blackout, it has emerged.

    National Grid paid £9,724 per megawatt hour, more than 5,000% than the typical price, to Belgium on Wednesday to prevent south-east London losing power.

    The hottest UK days on record led to power system constraints amid high demand, as first reported by Bloomberg.

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    Bills will be going up again.

  13. oldbrew says:

    The EU’s Green Experiment
    Posted by Andy May – July 24, 2022

    Has the EU learned anything from their failure and the suffering that they have imposed on their people? Nope, instead they appear to be doubling down on their bad policies.

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    Just like Britain. Dogma rules, whatever the cost.

  14. Daedalus says:

    I bought a 10kW diesel generator last year just in case we had blackouts over Christmas. I’m ready for the blackouts if they come. The biggest problem is the fact you can no longer get red diesel for generators, you have to buy ordinary diesel.

  15. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Greentards to be cut off first, then politicians.

  16. oldbrew says:

    In West London, data centres are going to be soaking up all the spare electricity it seems.

    No new homes in West London as electricity grid runs out of capacity

    Housebuilders have been told it could take until 2035 to get new developments hooked up to the electricity network
    . . .
    In a letter to developers, the Greater London Authority blamed the issues in west London on a string of planned data centres that are set to hoover up huge amounts of power.
    . . .
    One data centre can consume the same amount of power as up to 10,000 homes.

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    How many million EVs are supposed to be on the road in the next 15 years, a good number of them in West London? Good luck with that 😟

  17. oldbrew says:

    Dead Calm Weather Exposes The Great ‘Green’ Energy Lie Almost Every Single Day
    July 30, 2022 by stopthesethings

    The time has come to face the fact that the transition to renewable green energy has gone as far as it can go with existing storage technology.


    Re ‘existing storage technology’ – gas, coal and oil *are* storage technologies, but don’t fit the obsessions of the climate worriers.

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