Short circuit

Louis from the Scottish Consumer Council has pointed me to the IT new supersite, The Register, which carries this analysis of the day that the UK almost went short of electricity. When was this? Last Tuesday, at around eleven minutes past four.

Usually it is our nation’s love of a cuppa that triggers peak loads, with kettles going on at half-time over cup finals. Environmental analysts argue that we could be more energy efficient if we allowed the system to fail occasionally rather than gear it up for peak times. But this does not appear to have been about consumer behaviour – the Euro football tournament has yet even to start and test matches don’t lend themselves to spikes of demand. A lack of investment, perhaps, the Register asks? 

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