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Nearly Missed Power Cuts In Britain

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Nearly Missed Power Cuts In Britain Reply with quote

Millions of households were at a risk of power cuts during January 2013. Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/379845/Blackout-Britain-EU-environmental-directive-puts-millions-at-risk-of-power-cuts

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This seems serious. We shouldn't be living like this in one of the richest countries.
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John W



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a power cut, week before last, which lasted about half an hour.
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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's nothing new.
Peak winter capacity to meet demand of both electricity and gas has been knife-edge for several years. Heavy industrial users have had their supply interrupted in order to ensure our lights, TVs and computers don't go off.

Both this and the last government have vacillated over the replacement of old, inefficient or environmentally unacceptable (to the EU) power stations, to the point where most of the companies, which are now foreign-owned, have pulled out. The margin of comfort was supposed to be 14% this year, and just 5% next - now is a good time to stock up on candles - much more romantic than energy-saving bulbs anyway.

Not only power stations are creaking under the strain, but the distribution infrastructure is too, and companies like National Grid and Western Power Distribution (who bought E.on's Central Networks) are unwilling to pay to renew it without a lot of government (ie, taxpayers) help. That is why short power cuts are becoming much more frequent.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years of under investment in nuclear power - the French have invested wisely while we've been put off by scaremongering and NIMBYs.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fog on the Tyne wrote:
Years of under investment in nuclear power - the French have invested wisely while we've been put off by scaremongering and NIMBYs.


You hit the nail right on the head there

Nuclear power generation is clean efficient and relatively cheap whereas things like wind power are inefficient expensive and a blot on the landscape

We should also be pressing ahead with construction on the Severn Bay barrage which would produce an enormous amount of electricity from wave power and would have the added advantage of benefitting tourism in North Devon as people from South Wales would be able to drive there in around one hour Smile
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