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National Grid warns of blackout ‘risk’ as UK forced to import EU energy to keep lights on

IN ITS annual Winter Outlook, the National Grid has issued a dire warning that the UK will need to rely on imported energy to keep the lights on.

By Antony Ashkenaz

08:37, Thu, Jul 28, 2022 | UPDATED: 08:37, Thu, Jul 28, 2022

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The UK will need to continue to rely on power supplies from Europe in order to prevent blackouts this winter, the National Grid has warned. This has sparked fears that the country could end up badly hit if Russian President Vladimir Putin chokes off European gas flows. In its annual report on electricity supplies for the coming winter, the company noted that should be able to harness electricity by having it transferred from Europe through undersea power cables.

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However, the Grid did warn of “tight” periods in early December even with this support, particularly if the EU themselves are starved of gas.

The National Grid said on Thursday morning: “There are risks and uncertainties this winter as a direct result of possible shortfalls in Europe’s gas supply.”

  • Britain only imports six percent of its gas from Russia but could be affected by prices rising as energy demand from Europe increases.
  • The UK imports its electricity via cables connected to neighbouring countries.
  • Most of the country’s energy comes from Norway and Europe, in particular, France and Belgium.
National Grid warns of blackout ‘risk’ as UK forced to import EU energy to keep lights on

National Grid warns of blackout ‘risk’ as UK forced to import EU energy to keep lights on (Image: Getty)

Fears grow that Putin could choke Europe's gas

Fears grow that Putin could choke Europe’s gas (Image: PAVEL BYRKIN/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

  • The amount of electricity imported from France is particularly in doubt as a large percent of the country’s ageing nuclear reactors have been shut down following reactor issues.

The National Grid said: “We are continuing to monitor the outlook in France and will undertake further assessments.”

  • The company added that they are working with the Government to keep coal stations in reserve for winter energy supplies.

National Grid said: “We expect there to be sufficiently available to meet demand.”

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