Official papers show that consumers will be hit by an ‘energy gap’ when a number of existing power stations are shut down.
Nine oil and coal-fired power plants are to close by 2015 because of an EU directive designed to limit pollution and associated acid rain. At the same time, four ageing nuclear power plants will be shut.
In all, experts say, the decommissioning of power stations will see 37 per cent of the UK’s generation capacity disappear by 2015.
Ministers have recently embraced new nuclear power plants as a way of closing the gap, but replacements will not be ready in time.
They are talking about being short anywhere between 3,000 and 7,000 megawatt hours a year. That, my friends, is a big shortfall. They will have to roll blackouts in order to hold the grid. Britain is about to go third world.
Can’t happen here, right? Oh wait, crap and tax legislation is pending here.