Gas power stations can be shut off ration the energy supply as part of of emergency plans prick off Insiders have warned that there will be massive power outages this winter.
Sources for two power stations along with government officials said they were preparing for an emergency plans next month, and that they were asked review measures to keep the British lights on in worst case scenario of dangerously low stocks.
They suggested that the exercises might take place in September and October, and warned that they might be asked switch petrol stations off in to ease the high network demand.
These efforts go far beyond standard winter hardiness planning, taking into account higher risk in the context of the aggravation of the energy crisis, and more in detail than what is laid down out in current According to insiders, emergency planning documents.
“We are developing very serious scenarios. These are not unlikely scenarios.” one senior official involved with said energy planning.
Emergency communication plans are required if government and National Grid should take more control of power generation in UK, which usually only happens at high levels risk of long internal power shutdowns.
” reality it’s going to be a very hard winter, said Nick Wye, director at energy consulting firm Waters Wye Associates.
“If it’s very cold for en extended period, we can expect tightness, which can lead clients who are asked reduce or cut off his reserves, he added.
This includes a request for gas heating power generators for “unloading” – a process that includes power plants off or curbing their activities in an attempt to ease the pressure on energy networks for cutting gas consumption.
Asked about the plans by the press secretary for department for “Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy” stated: “We have one of the most reliable and diverse power systems in in the world, and unlike Europe, we are not dependent on Russian energy imports, which means households, businesses and industry can be sure they get the electricity and gas they need. need”.
However, they did not deny that the UK faced elevated risk of energy crisis, with Great chance of multi-day outages for a large number of of consumers.
They are also declined to comment on activity of UK and Ireland Gas Planning Emergency Planning Group which, according to two people habitual with in group activities, holds additional meetings in trying to create fresh plans for emergency exercises.
United Kingdom government emphasized on Relatively low UK dependency on Russian gas compared with what of their continental European neighbors. However, there is some interdependence between the UK and Europe. in in way electricity is connected to them.
UK gets some power via interconnectors from Norway and France, which power millions of homes each year reports the National Grid.
“Norway has said it may have to limit electricity exports and French production way down because nuclear power stations out or limited because they need critical maintenance work” one senior official working on UK energy sustainability alerted. “What should disturb the UK when it was key Topup power for our network in a crunch times”.
With the closure of the Rough Undersea Gas Storage in the UK, only the above ground storage remains. for 10 days’ worth of gas, according to industry experts.
It wouldn’t be enough to stop off energy rationing, which can amount to limited use for more how six hours a day, officials said. “Forget just work from home, it could be “off at home”January”, one said, adding: “No lungs way to bank enough power keep us going.”
If electricity supplies from Norway and France are cut and gas storage runs low, there is little the UK can do to avoid energy regulation, power generators and government sources said.
“Electricity producers are nervous,” Mr. Wye said. “Gas storage can only do so much. It’s just not significant enough in volume up to support high household gas demand plus additional demand for power generation. it just No big enough. This is not an answer”.
Officials and ministers have also held meetings in final days for discussion risk of mass non-payment of consumers’ electricity bills, industry sources said Independent.
It comes like energy price projections suggest the average UK electricity bill could top £5,000. next year and among the warnings of prolonged decline.
Electric generators have also asked government to review in caps placed on the emissions they produce when burning fossil fuels.
This was reported by sources in the industry. Independent was risk they could down tools in order avoid violation of strict legal restrictions on emissions they may have produced this winter.