UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Prof Michael Grubb responds to concerns over the UK's energy supply

4 April 2016

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As concerns grow over the future supply of electricity caused by recent coal-fired power plant closures, many experts, including UCL ISR’s Prof Michael Grubb, have said the closures would not lead to a blackout.

Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy, said:

“We have seen at least five years of “lights out” headlines, so far without so much as a flicker caused by insufficient capacity. Despite tight margins, extreme weather is far more likely to cause any household disconnections than insufficient generating capacity.” – The Guardian

“Energy demand is falling but supplies are falling even faster. This coming winter will be the tightest we have ever seen.” – The Financial Times

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