Ministers have been warned of potential energy cuts to as many as six million households this winter, based on stories.
Government modelling of a “reasonable” worst-case situation predicts main gasoline shortages in winter if Russia cuts off extra provides to the European Union, the Times says.
Limits may very well be imposed on industrial use of gasoline, together with on gas-fired energy stations, inflicting electrical energy shortages, and 6 million properties may see their electrical energy rationed in curbs which will final greater than a month, largely at peaks within the morning and night.
Worse modelling is reported for a situation by which Russia cuts off all provides to the EU.
A Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesperson informed the PA information company the UK “has no issues with either gas or electricity supply, and the government is fully prepared for any scenario, even those that are extreme and very unlikely to pass”.
“Thanks to a massive £90bn investment in renewable energy in the last decade, we have one of the most reliable and diverse energy systems in the world, and unlike Europe, we are not dependent on Russian energy imports,” they added.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has approached the homeowners of Britain’s coal-fired energy stations in Drax, Ratcliffe and West Burton to delay their deliberate closures in September.
A authorities spokesperson informed PA the request was made “in light” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“It is only right that we explore a wide range of options to further bolster our energy security and domestic supply – bringing down costs in the long-term,” the spokesperson mentioned.
“While there is no shortage of supply, we may need to make our remaining coal-fired power stations available to provide additional back-up electricity this coming winter if needed.
“It stays our agency dedication to finish the usage of coal energy by October 2024.”