National Grid Lowest Winter Capacity For Decade


The chance of an electricity blackout has risen to its highest in a decade and the National Grid has admitted that it is more likely to draw power from additional sources to try to keep the country’s electricity flowing.The operator said it had enlisted power stations to provide extra capacity and has asked companies across the UK to be ready to cut their usage in case of a peak in demand.The acquisition of additional capacity means that the situation should be manageable, according to National Grid. These extra measures will come at a cost of 50p extra per year for customers.The forecast capacity margin for this year, in simple terms the difference between available supply and expected peak demand, is 1.2% without any additional power plants. The number is its lowest since 2005. The added power brings the number up to 5.1% however.

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