UK To Force 3-Hour Blackouts As Energy Crisis Sweeps Europe

( to a story published by Wales Online, the National Grid of Great Britain announced on Thursday that it intends to implement three-hour rolling blackouts over various sections of the country this winter.

This decision was made as part of the recent efforts by National Grid to maintain supply and preserve its network. As the energy crisis persists, the company’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) forecast that Britain will have a “difficult” winter, as reported by Wales Online.

In a further effort to sustain supplies, the outlet added that residents would be compensated for refraining from using their washing machines or charging their vehicles during the peak hours of the island nation.

According to Wales Online, National Grid is proposing the forced blackouts as a means of testing what would occur in the event that there were insufficient gas supplies or otherwise no energy imports from the European continent.

The British government’s decision to close mines even though there were still plenty of minerals required for energy production caused the miner strike and oil crisis during the 1970s, which led to similar planned blackouts being implemented as a reaction.

Wales Online said that the three-hour blackouts represent the worst-case scenario of the three ESO proposed as possibilities. The two other potential outcomes are restarting the grid’s backup coal reactors and paying customers to charge their electric vehicles overnight or at other times when demand is low.

Lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic and stress on energy supplies due to the war between Russia and Ukraine are primarily to blame for the global economic catastrophe, which has already forced many people in Europe and the United Kingdom to choose between eating and heating their homes.

The decision to take this action was made by Britain’s National Grid just a few days after Bangladesh was left in the dark when an issue with the power grid that the government operates shut off 80 percent of the country’s electricity. While the global energy and financial crises continue through 2022 and into 2023, the United States may face similar energy challenges.