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UK faces increased risk of blackouts, report warns

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/10/2013

Fiona Harvey

The UK will be at increased risk of blackouts over the next two years unless electricity generators are given new financial incentives, according to the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE).
The difference between the amount of power that can be generated and the possible peak demand – known as the capacity margin – is likely to fall rapidly, a report by the organisation said on Thursday.
Blackouts are still unlikely, and could only occur if there are sudden threats to the system, such as the unplanned shutdown of a power station, problems with the interconnectors that bring gas and electricity to the UK, and a prolonged cold snap. But the report, which was prepared for the prime minister's Council for Science and Technology, found that these events have all occurred in recent years – though not at the same time – and could easily happen again.
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"UK faces increased risk of blackouts, report warns", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2013. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/uk-faces-increased-risk-of-blackouts-report-warns