UK preparing for organized blackouts in January: Report

Press TV – Aug 10, 2022

Britain is reportedly planning to impose organized blackouts for the nation’s industry and households over the winter, when cold weather is expected to coincide with gas shortages.

According to the government’s latest “reasonable worst-case scenario,” electricity capacity shortfall in the country could total about one-sixth of peak demand, even after emergency coal plants have been utilized, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing individuals familiar with the government’s planning.

Under the outlook, along with anticipated below-average temperatures and reduced electricity imports from Norway and France, Britain could be exposed to four days in January when it may need to set off emergency measures to conserve gas.

The report followed a warning last week by the Bank of England that the UK was on course for a lengthy recession as unprecedented energy prices push the country’s inflation rate toward 13 percent.

Any political response to the grim economic outlook, however, has been stymied by the Conservative Party contest to select a new prime minister on September 5. No government official has so far reacted to the report.

While European governments are struggling to conserve gas usage and increase storage following the outset of the Ukraine conflict in February, the British government has split into warring camps led by Foreign Minister Liz Truss and Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, who have clashed over how to respond in rival campaigns to win the UK’s premiership.

This is while British charities, business groups, and politicians have called on Truss and Sunak to come up with plans on how they would help Britons cope with a forecast 82-percent hike in energy prices in October.

The development also came shortly after a leading British think tank warned that the UK’s inflation will soar to “astronomical” levels over the next year, insisting that such massive inflation would force the Bank of England to raise interest rates higher and for a longer period than previously expected.

In a report last week, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) also forecast a long recession that would last into 2023 and hammer millions of the most vulnerable households, particularly in the most deprived areas of the UK.

The think tank further warned the deteriorating cost-of-living crisis would devour savings of households unless London boosted support for households immediately.

More than a million households would be forced to choose between heating their homes and purchasing sufficient food, the think tank said, as consumer price inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.4 percent in June.



4 Responses to “UK preparing for organized blackouts in January: Report”

  1. Deepseaninja says:

    Excuse my dimness but could one of you enlightened folk explain how inflation at 9.4% translates to most every food product in the stores. Food prices have increased by over 50% in general over the last few months, and rising on a weekly basis. Also the usual food portions have decreased dramatically so you are paying a lot more, for a lot less! Energy bill, said to be at 54% increase yet my direct debit has been doubled (100% increase?). Eon Next assure 100% renewable energy recieved so who is the supplier???
    Maybe im just being delusionally ignorant of the facts and we are in fact struggling due to the “war” in Ukraine (raging since 2014).

    • pete fairhurst says:

      Well I’m hardly enlightened yet but I’ll have a crack Deepseaninja

      First, inflation at 9.4% is a total LIE. They rigged ALL inflation numbers ages ago. Your direct observations prove the lie too and anyone can do the same and prove the lie in the same way

      Second, the fuel inflation is completely deliberate, it’s been government policy, using the war as an excuse. [Probably part of the Great Reset?] If the EU governments hadn’t been told what to do by their bosses in US and WEF [and UK?] then, none of this would have happened. What’s not to like from the fossil fuel companies point of view? Massive hikes in profit for supply of LESS gas/oil

      Third, the Russians asked the US to back off. They wanted a peaceful European future. With unimpeded access to it’s big markets for their gas and oil and more. It was very much in the interests of ALL Europeans to have a peaceful, productive relationship with Russia. [Witness Nordstream]

      But Uncle Shamuel wasn’t having that, oh no, not a chance. They sneered at the repeated requests and kept poking the bear for a decade at least. NATO only exists to “Keep America in Europe, Russia out of Europe, Germany down” That’s how it’s rolled ever since since WW2. Germany isn’t independent and it’s the EU powerhouse. The EU governments are mostly just lapdogs to their Atlantic bosses [Orban of Hungary is one of few exceptions. He’d better watch his back]

      Fourth, all this results in most EU governments completely IGNORING the best interests of their OWN electorate. “The boss wants me to jump it seems. The only question is how high?”

      That should do for starters but there is far more too
      Best wishes

  2. Deepseaninja says:

    Well after todays announcement from the Bank of England , there is something very very very wrong in the system…

    So… let me get this straight:

    * British Gas made a profit of £1.3bn between January & June
    * BP announced profits of £6.95 billion between April and June alone
    * Shell has profited by £9.4bn in a year

    The MEN at the top:
    * John Pettigrew, boss of National Grid received £6.5m bonus on top of his salary
    * Chris O’Shea, chief executive of British Gas owner Centrica was paid almost £2m last year in salary and benefits
    * Centrica’s non-executive directors were paid almost £1m
    * Scottish Power’s CEO Keith Anderson is on £1.15m.
    * E.On boss Michael Lewis is on £1m
    * EDF’s Simone Rossi is also on £1m
    * And their top execs enjoyed a share of £4.65m
    * Peter Simpson of Anglian Water earned a £1.3m pay package
    * Welsh Water bosses awarded themselves bonuses of over £930,000
    * Severn Trent bosses awarded themselves bonuses of £5.56m

    * Thames Water’s Sarah Bentley, received a £727,000 bonus on top of her £2m annual salary

    Meanwhile there are…

    * People who haven’t had breakfast and/or lunch TODAY, because they can’t afford it.
    * People using FoodBanks because food is becoming more of a luxury than a necessity.
    * Children celebrating a birthday without presents.
    * Parents worrying about new school uniforms – and some schools enforcing rules which are not cost-effective.
    * People who can’t get to work because they can’t afford to put petrol in their cars/pay for public transport anymore.
    * People who are working so much they’re making themselves ill, and they STILL CAN’T AFFORD to pay their bills.
    * People who have been given fines by these same energy/water companies because they couldn’t afford to pay their bills in the first place – increasing their debt.
    * Customers being told to do STAR JUMPS TO KEEP WARM for crying out loud!
    * Hose pipe bans when gallons of water leak away everyday.
    * Elderly people NOT DRINKING because they’re worried about running out of water!!!

    All this and energy prices are set to rise up to 75% in October…

    THIS IS MADNESS!.. I’m all for supporting profits ..I’m not for supporting greed at the cost of lives of others..

    Something needs to change..

    Why are customers’ money being used to make life more comfortable for those who are making life more intolerable for the rest of us?
    I actually don’t understand how the energy companies are allowed to get away with this and why the government aren’t stopping them instead of handing out money…..

    Copied & pasted from others.
    Keep this going around for all to see

    • ian says:

      They’ll be encouraged to carry out these policies Deepseaninja, by the real owners. Now they’re called the WEF, WHO, Davos etc, but they’ve always been in charge, named or un-named. The great reset that gives Schwab, Prince Charles etc erections, is the current plan. Three years ago, no money for pensions, the NHS, fixing roads. then overnight, new 5G capable streetlights everywhere, electric charge points in all the car parks. They spend money only where necessary, and the hoi paloy are not needed.