Predicted ‘Power cuts at Christmas’ as big chill hits Britain


Professor Ian Fells fears a bitterly cold winter will push the National Grid beyond breaking point when demand for ­electricity peaks.He said coal and gas-fired power stations will have to run at full capacity to try to keep the lights on and they still may not generate enough to prevent homes being blacked out.Professor Fells said: “It may be the case that power shortages will occur over Christmas and the New Year when families are at home and annually there is a spike in energy usage.”The Emeritus Professor of Energy Conversion at Newcastle University added: “There is no doubt that if we take the weather forecast for one of the coldest winters on record seriously then if we only have two per cent spare capacity, which is what Ofgem the energy regulator have reported, that is a serious matter.“You only have to have one power station suffer an accident or have to close down for whatever reason and you find yourself in trouble.”

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