Emergency measures will be introduced to prevent the lights going out this winter.
Not to mention the heat; frozen Brits, anyone?
Offices and factories will be offered compensation to undergo 1970s-style energy rationing and shut down for up to four hours a day to prevent households being plunged into darkness.
In addition, owners of old power stations will be asked to switch them back on to meet the country’s demands.
Which will involve compensation; guess who pays for it?
Under the powers, businesses that sign up will be ‘bribed’ to shut down between 4pm and 8pm on any day between November and February.
They will be paid a retainer during the four months, even if they are never called on to close early. If they do shut down, they will be paid above the market rate for electricity they do not use.
And who'll pay the bill?
But don't worry, they say it'll only add £1 per household. And if you believe that...
The second measure, which has never before been used in Britain, would see the resurrection of power stations that have been closed but not yet dismantled. National Grid yesterday contacted the owners of recently closed plants to see if they could be running in time for winter.
Plant owners would be paid the costs of resurrecting their stations – which could run into tens of millions of pounds. Once running, they would be required to be available between 6am and 8pm between November and February. They will also be paid more than the market rate for their electricity by National Grid, which said yesterday that both measures would be used only as a ‘last resort’.
Our grid got right to the edge in some areas last winter, and the EPA is pushing to shut down a bunch of coal plants for which there is no replacement. And some idiots are trying to shut down working nuke plants because 'NUCLEAR!' There's no replacement for them, either. The enviroweenies are trying to kill us all.