Blackout fears as factories are paid NOT to use electricity in ‘last reason’ bid to keep lights on across UK.
National Grid was yesterday forced to use new ‘last resort’ measures to keep the lights on in homes across the country.
Major industries were for the first time asked to down their tools to protect energy supplies.
The problem was blamed on a combination of unexpectedly high demand (even though we have 14C unusually high temperatures for November).
More power plant breakdowns and very low wind power output
Wind farms were meeting only 0.5 per cent of the nation’s electricity demand against the average 10 per cent expected from UK wind farms.
Brian Strutton, national officer of the GMB union said: ‘It is less than a month ago since we warned that the Government and National Grid were far too complacent about the risks of widespread blackouts. There can be eight to ten days per month when there is not a lot of output from wind capacity. We now have the bonkers position where National Grid is using consumers’ money to pay firms to stop work in order to avoid blackouts.’
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