Power shortages could keep lights off next Xmas

Power shortages continuing to worsen could threaten the UK’s ability to keep the lights on next winter. National Grid’s ‘safety buffer’ of power supply has fallen to as low as 0.1% at times of peak demand this year, according to the British Infrastructure Group, a collection of MPs dedicated to improving infrastructure in the UK. This tiny margin leaves Britain […]

Ukraine urged to ‘self-limit’ power usage

The energy industry in Ukraine is being urged to “self-limit” power consumption during times of peak demand. Volodymyr Demchyshyn, Minister of the Energy and Coal Industry made the comment yesterday during a conference call with representatives of regional administrations and energy companies. Earlier this week a “technical damage” shut down one of the reactors at […]

Firms offered £20,000 to curb Londoners’ energy use

Small businesses in London are being offered a package worth £20,000 to come up with innovative solutions to reduce the capital’s electricity demand at peak times. Mayor Boris Johnson is calling on firms to submit “21st Century solutions” that will incentivise households to avoid using electricity when demand is high to reduce pressure on the […]

npower’s Wayne Mitchell’s Blog

Power to the People I’ve been writing for some time about the greater role large consumers can play in helping to balance our national energy requirements, for example by choosing to turn down usage at times of peak demand. But now it seems the idea is to be included in the government’s forthcoming Energy Bill, […]