By DAVID STROM
The Edinburgh Evening News is reporting that the UK government has developed its plans for dealing with the energy crisis this winter, and it is reminiscent of the rationing from World War II. It has been known for quite a while that rationing was likely, but the plans for how to implement it have been finalized.
The priority will be ensuring that gas is available for heating, with electricity being a lower priority.
The UK government has plans in place which reveal the exact times your house could suffer an electricity blackout this winter. This comes as a result of National Grid warnings of a potential energy crisis that could cripple the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of sabotaging the Nord Stream pipeline which would subsequently restrict gas supplies to Europe. It is reported that Russia would use this to punish the West for its support of Ukraine. Despite the fact that the UK does not rely on Russian energy supply, it does import sizable amounts of electricity and gas from European countries that do.
National Grid had initially warned blackouts may have to be used, especially during cold nights in January and February 2023, as a matter of conserving the gas of electricity generators. A possible plan, which will include three-hour intervals of no power at UK homes in the winter, has now been released.
Due to the warnings issued by energy officials, the government has revealed plans in place to conserve energy this winter. It is called ‘The Electricity Supply Emergency Code’ which involves a number of rolling blackouts in the country.
The exact amount of disruption caused by natural gas shortages can’t be predicted at this stage, but any level of disruption that includes rolling blackouts is sure to be politically and economically painful. High gas prices, while painful to Britons, have been a fact of life in Europe for a long time. While here in the US high gasoline prices are politically devastating, in Europe they pack less political punch. Not none, but less. But disruptions to electricity supply are another thing again.
John Pettigrew, this week, said electricity and gas may be switched off on “those deepest, darkest evenings in January and February” if energy supplies from Europe prove insufficient due to the disruption of the war in Ukraine….
Mr Pettigrew said January and February are the months when blackouts are most likely, particularly in a cold snap. He said the situation could be even worse if wind speeds happen to be low, cutting the effectiveness of power turbines while energy imports were restricted.
The National Grid assured Britons that it was not changing its “base case” that there would be sufficient gas and power to meet demand in Britain this winter, but due to the consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine, rolling blackouts are a possibility for the first time since the 1970s amid the coal miners’ strike and the oil crisis.
Modern life is literally impossible without electricity, and rolling blackouts will be a stark reminder of how the societal elites have grossly mismanaged the economy and world affairs. Only so much of the blame can be assigned to Vladimir Putin, give how prominent green energy has been in the plans of Western countries.
If governments have been laser focused on changing the way the grid supplies electricity to consumers, massive failures of the grid can’t be entirely blamed on Putin. They will try, but they will fail. If the disruptions go on for any length of time the mood will turn from shared sacrifice to peasants with pitchforks, and it’s hard to argue that the politicians who have put the populace in this position don’t deserve the blame.