Will the lights go out in the UK this winter?

National Grid is adamant there will be no blackouts this winter, but the safety cushion between supply and demand is increasingly threadbare

Anyone of a nervous disposition should mark 11 January in their calendar as the moment to have torches, candles or paraffin lamps at the ready.

That is the day when, according to National Grid’s forecast, the gap between Britain’s energy needs and its power supply will be at its wafer-thinnest.

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