National Grid highlights potential for power shortages this winter

Network brings forward scheme to cope with potential electricity supply issues at nuclear, gas, coal and oil power stations

National Grid has called on electricity suppliers to declare how much spare capacity they could muster to cover peak times either side of Christmas highlighting the possibility of power shortages this winter.

The power network is officially bringing forward by a year a scheme to tap additional capacity to cope with closures of nuclear, gas, coal and oil power stations and unexpected plant repairs.

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