The head of the National Grid has warned Brits to prepare for early evening power cuts this winter.
The move could be imposed on households between 4pm and 7pm on “really, really cold” January and February days when gas imports are reduced, John Pettigrew said.
He suggested the move could be necessary on the “deepest, darkest evenings” when there isn’t enough gas to meet electricity demands – especially during cold snaps.
His comments emphasize a a similar warning issued by the National Grid in an unusual intervention earlier this month.
The network warned that in the “unlikely” scenario of insufficient gas, some areas could face planned three-hour outages.
But the organization was blown up last week for failing to turn off its own lights after hours – prompting accusations of “the best of hypocrisy” amid the energy crisis.
Planned blackouts would have to be approved by Parliament and King Charles and would affect businesses and hospitals, as well as households, among other things.
It is feared that more vulnerable people will suffer more in freezing temperatures.
Thanks to Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine, concerns about the problem are smoldering across Europe.
The Russian president has halted supplies to other countries on the continent, raising energy security fears due to widespread reliance on Russian gas imports.
“Related to the terrible things that are happening in Ukraine and the consequences of it [it was] right that we set out what some of the potential risks might be,” he told the newspaper.
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Mr Pettigrew added that the situation would worsen if wind speeds were not high enough to power turbines during a freeze period.
Electricity can also be imported into the UK from other European countries via undersea cables.
Britain does not import gas from Russia, but gets around 40% of its electricity from gas-fired power plants.
It also imports gas and electricity from countries that rely on Russian gas.
There are a number of measures to avoid blackouts, including standby power from coal-fired power plants.
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