The company plans to use the scheme at least 12 times to encourage people to participate, even if there is no energy shortage.
The UK government has to approve the company’s emergency blackout plan, under which power will be cut in three-hour increments at different times in certain areas. Supply to hospitals, “priority” establishments and households registered as vulnerable customers will be protected.
Prime Minister Liz Truss called on Europe on Thursday to keep energy exports flowing through the winter, likely to put more pressure on the government after previously ruling out energy rationing in the UK.
The government is confident that power supplies will be secured for the winter, and another risk assessment showed that the safety of gas supplies meets the standards required by law.
According to its analysis, the infrastructure is capable of meeting gas demand across scenarios including “a combination of severe weather conditions and exceptional demand caused by failure of a single piece of the largest infrastructure on the gas network.”
Russia cut gas supplies to Europe this year in retaliation for sanctions applied for its invasion of Ukraine. Moscow meets only about 4% of the UK’s gas demand, but supply disruptions to Europe have pushed up prices in the UK, making it difficult for the UK to secure gas from other countries.
National Grid’s Winter Outlook says whether the UK can secure supply will depend on whether gas prices are high enough to continue to attract exports from Europe and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from countries such as Qatar and the US. It depends on whether it is expensive, he said.
Norway accounted for 63% of UK gas imports last year, up from 56% in 2020, with pipelines from Belgium and the Netherlands supplying 4% and 5% respectively.
The UK gets about 19.4% of its primary energy from low carbon sources, of which 39% comes from bioenergy, 30% from nuclear and 17% from wind.
UK faces controlled blackouts if energy shortages occur in winter: National Grid
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