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Britain's Energy Crisis

Leader in tomorrow's The Economist - Britain's Energy Crisis / How long till the lights go out?

Quote:
'Thanks to its posturing politicians, Britain will soon start to run out of electricity. What should it do?
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There will be a shortfall—perhaps of as much as 20GW—which, if nothing radical is done, will have to be met from imported gas. A large chunk of it may come from Vladimir Putin’s deeply unreliable and corrupt Russia.
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Many of Britain’s neighbours may find this rather amusing. Britain, the only big west European country that could have joined the oil producers’ club OPEC, the country that used to lecture the world about energy liberalisation, is heading towards South African-style power cuts, with homes and factories plunged intermittently into third-world darkness.'
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14167834

The same edition also has The looming electricity crunch / Dark days ahead

Quote:
'A shortage of power-generation capacity could lead to blackouts across Britain—and a dangerous reliance on foreign gas
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Britain is running short of power too—so quickly that some economists claim, only just tongue-in-cheek, that the economic slowdown is useful.
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Many power stations are due to close over the coming decade (see chart 1), and supplies are getting tight. The government reckons that, of a total of around 75GW in generating capacity, 20GW will disappear by 2015.'
http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14177328

... and still the anti-wind lobby will not open their eyes ...