Winter blackouts warning due to power shortage

Fears have been raised that we could be hit by black outs. Picture: Sean Bell

Fears have been raised that we could be hit by black outs. Picture: Sean Bell

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The risk of blackouts this winter is higher than at any time over the past six years, National Grid has said.

The operator of the UK’s electricity network said the difference between the power being generated and estimated peak demand could fall to levels not seen since the winter of 2007-08.

National Grid said it expected to have to issue more warnings to the market to encourage energy firms to bring on extra supplies.