Organised home blackouts are included in government’s worst case scenario plan for winter energy crisis

epa10097588 Electricity pylons lead to the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station near Nottingham, Britain, 29 July 2022. Energy and fuel prices have soared in the UK in part due to the war in Ukraine. UK Households are facing a cost of living crisis due to the rising cost of energy and food. Coal power plants could be paid to generate more electricity, with consumers and businesses paid to use less as the National Grid admitted there could be 'tight periods' in early December. EPA/NEIL HALL

ORGANISED home blackouts are included in a government plan to cope with a worst case winter energy crisis, it emerged today.

Families could be subjected to the emergency measures across four days in January if a perfect storm of supply shortage and huge demand hits.

The government has been planning for energy shortages

The Government insists it has sufficient reserves to avoid blackouts and just wargames for wild possibilities that will likely never happen.

Under the latest “reasonable worst case scenario” Britain would be struck by a serious electricity shortfall even after back-up coal plants are activated.

It models what would happen if extremely cold weather combined with reduced power being piped from Norway and France, Bloomberg reports.

Sources stressed this was extremely unlikely and that the central forecast shows sufficient stockpiles to keep up with the increased demand.

Global energy prices have rocketed due to countries weaning off Russian oil and gas following Mad Vlad Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

While the UK has little dependence on Russian imports, North Sea supplies from Norway are critical.

Fears of energy shortages were fuelled this week as the Scandinavian country threatened to ration electricity supplies. 

It has announced new rules limiting the sale of power to foreign countries due to heat waves impacting its hydroelectric power output.

A National Grid spokesperson said the company would update its winter forecasts to ensure they are “as robust as possible” in the autumn.

They added: “We have published an early view of winter outlook to help the industry prepare for this winter.”

Labour’s Ed Miliband said: “Whilst the Tories squabble over tax cuts, Britain is now readying itself for catastrophic power cuts this winter.

“This is a complete disgrace to a British public already struggling at the hands of an absent government that has left our economy in tatters.

“What we are faced with is the result of 12 years of Tory government which has failed to prepare and refused to invest, leaving bills higher and our country less secure.”