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Old 27-06-2013, 12:51   #1
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The danger of power shortages in the UK by the middle of the decade has risen, according to industry regulator Ofgem.

Spare power production capacity could fall as low as 2% in two years' time, increasing the risk of blackouts.

More investment in power generation and other action is needed to protect consumers, Ofgem said.

"Ofgem's analysis indicates a faster than anticipated tightening of electricity margins toward the middle of this decade," it said in a report.

Andrew Wright, the regulator's chief executive, said: "Britain's energy industry is facing an unprecedented challenge to secure supplies."

The global financial crisis, tough emissions targets, the UK's increasing dependency on gas imports, and the closure of ageing power stations were all contributing to the heightened risk of shortages, Ofgem said.

It suggests that - should power shortages become critical - National Grid could be given powers to negotiate with major users about coming offline "during times of stress".

"Preventive action taken now will help protect consumer supplies," the report said.
So in short a piss poor energy policy has the potential to cause the lights to go out.
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Old 27-06-2013, 12:54   #2
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Old 27-06-2013, 12:56   #3
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Time to build more windfarms.
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Serious question here and I am not sniping, how many farms/turbines would be required to replace the lost capacity?
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Serious question here and I am not sniping, how many farms/turbines would be required to replace the lost capacity?
Ofgem seem to think we need another2GW of ccapacity.

That's not huge. That's three London arrays.
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That is roughly 1000 turbines at a cost of just short of 6 billion.
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I assume 2GW is what it can theoretically produce working under optimum conditions, rather than reliably produce that in all weathers.
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The global financial crisis, tough emissions targets, the UK's increasing dependency on gas imports, and the closure of ageing power stations were all contributing to the heightened risk of shortages, Ofgem said.
What about the MILLIONS of people we have added to the population and continue to add?

ZippyCould that be a factor?

Mustn't say that though must we, might be accused of racism
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I assume 2GW is what it can theoretically produce working under optimum conditions, rather than reliably produce that in all weathers.
According to Wiki the array is running at about 63% of capacity.
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