So it’s official. Those of us who have been warning we do not have enough power for the future thanks to the EU’s mass closure programme of our power stations have now been vindicated by Ofgem’s deeds. They say there could be a shortage next winter, so they will pay large industrial users of power not to use so much in the late afternoon and early evening when demand is often highest. They also say they will try to keep older oil plants available on stand-by.
Why don’t they admit this is all the result of an EU policy that is backfiring badly? Why don’t they help make the case to the EU that we should not close old stations until we have new ones to replace them with? We want a sustainable industrial recovery in the UK. It does not send the right message if industry is to be asked to use less power as there is a shortage.