Families may be asked to cut their energy usage this winter to avoid blackouts if the weather ‘doesn’t go in our favour’, an energy expert has warned.
Kathryn Porter, an energy consultant at Watt-Logic has said that due to the replacement of thermal and nuclear generation with intermittent renewable’s, such as wind power, weather variables such as a lack of wind could ‘leave us vulnerable’.
Speaking today on World at One on Radio 4, Ms Porter explained that it’s ‘very possible’ the UK will see plans for energy rationing.
With similar schemes in California and Texas – Ms Porter expects that authorities could ask consumers to reduce their use of electricity during certain hours and give advice on how that could be done.
This could be anything from asking people to have dinner earlier or later and to avoid using larger appliances like washing machines during peak hours.
‘I think it would be voluntary rather than …