Millions of British families could face power cuts this winter due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The minister is said to be trying to ramp up power supply before the cold season, even planning for rationing.
Limits could be imposed on industrial use of gas if Russia cuts more supplies to the EU, many times Report.
As a result, six million homes remained out of power for more than a month, mainly during the peaks of dawn and dusk.
There are fears that this will drive up energy prices and leave GDP lower than forecast for several years amid already skyrocketing costs of living.
Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng has reportedly written to the owners of Britain’s three remaining coal-fired power stations asking them to remain open beyond September, when they are due to close.
Britain buys less than four percent of its gas directly from Russia, although it is linked to European markets. Germany Buys the most.
About 40 percent of the EU’s total gas comes from Russia and its members, so country’s invasion of ukraine Due to supply control, prices have risen.
And it could drop to the point of power cuts by the end of 2022 which ministers have described as a “worst-case scenario”.
This would see Norwegian imports of the gas on which Britain depends heavily, thanks to increased EU demand, meaning the UK would receive nothing as other countries face their own emergencies. .
This can lead to a three-month power cut on both weekdays and weekends.
The potential blackout and restrictions to prevent it would be another major blow to hard-hit families already grappling with rising energy bills.
To help reduce the cost of life’s rapid ascent, Rishi Sunak announces £21bn aid package,
Under the monster bailout, each family would receive £400 to help with their bills, a . is funded by Unexpected taxes on oil and gas firms,
Means-tested benefits will receive an additional £650 lump sum payment, while pensioner families will receive an additional £300 to cover additional costs.
£150 will also be given to the six million Britons with disabilities, and £500m will be added to the Domestic Support Fund to help those with disabilities cope with the rising costs of food, energy and water bills.
The chancellor told lawmakers on Thursday: “We need to make sure that those for whom the struggle is too difficult and those for whom the risk is too high, are supported.
“This government will not sit idly by while there is a risk that some people in our country may be so set off as they may never recover.
“This is simply unacceptable and we will never allow this to happen.
“And I want to assure everyone that we will get through this, that we have the tools and determination we need to combat and reduce inflation, we will ensure that the most vulnerable and the least good. The way they get the support they need at this time of difficulty, and we will turn this moment of difficulty into a springboard for economic renewal and development.”
Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, hit nine per cent in April, up from seven per cent in March.
This, along with the conflict and pandemic in Ukraine, has pushed energy and food prices up and forced banks to raise interest rates.
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the UK “has no problems with gas or electricity supplies, and the government is fully prepared for any scenario, even one that is extreme”. and is unlikely to pass”.
“Thanks to a massive £90bn investment in renewable energy over the past decade, we have one of the most reliable and diverse energy systems in the world,” he said, “and unlike Europe, we are not dependent on Russian energy imports.”
A government spokesman said the request for power stations in Drakes, Ratcliffe and West Burton to remain open was made “in light” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“It is only right that we explore a wider range of options to further enhance our energy security and domestic supply – reducing costs in the long term,” he said.
“While there is no shortfall in supply, we may need to make available the rest of our coal-fired power stations to provide additional power over the coming winter if needed.
“We remain firmly committed to ending the use of coal power by October 2024.”
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