(by Thomas Lambert | The Counter Signal) – The UK is being sent back to the Dark Ages, with the government planning to have several scheduled blackouts in the middle of winter to conserve power due to predicted energy shortages.
Under the government’s “reasonable worst-case scenario,” it’s expected that the country will face an electricity capacity shortfall leaving the UK with around a sixth of the energy needed during peak demand — and this is assuming the UK fires up its coal plants again.
According to officials who spoke to Bloomberg, this means that not just industries but households too will be forced to suffer organized blackouts.
This news comes after Norway — one of the only oil alternatives to Russia in Europe — hinted that it plans to limit exports to the UK and the rest of Europe during the winter. The Norwegian government’s decision is supposedly due to hot temperatures affecting their own power grid.
Moreover, France, once hailed as a Nuclear powerhouse, is having its own problems and won’t be able to pick up the slack.
Watt-Logic energy consultant Kathryn Porter said the measures “put at risk the ability of Britain to import from Norway this winter,” adding that the “National Grid ESO needs to urgently update its winter outlook taking account of this threat to Britain’s energy security.”
She further stated that Britain needs to “develop more domestic generation and rely less on imports.”
Conservative MP Bob Seely also critiqued the government’s lacklustre energy infrastructure that’s left the UK dependent on continental energy and the green agenda of the EU, which has, ironically, left Europe dependent on Russian oil.
“There is likely to be an energy emergency in Europe, primarily caused by Germany’s disastrous decisions; first, to shut down its nuclear power stations to appease its obsessively anti-nuclear green lobby, and, second, to become utterly dependent on Russian gas,” said Seely.
In an interview with the Telegraph, he said, “I hope the Grid’s assumptions are correct, but it is dependent on a level of Russian supply which may not be there, and French nuclear power, which has problems of its own. There are other countries we take from, including the coal-burning Dutch power stations, but they will have their own pressures.”