Britain could face increased risk of blackouts in coming winters if ministers are too heavy handed in their attempts to curb diesel generation, KPMG has warned. Ministers and energy regulator Ofgem are currently examining options to try to prevent the continued growth of highly polluting small diesel generators through a consumer-funded subsidy scheme. But KPMG warns that moves to prevent more diesel engines gaining subsidies in future could jeopardise the construction of diesel and less polluting gas generators that have already been awarded subsidies and are due to be built in coming years. This could result in “a greater chance of blackouts” at a time when Britain’s electricity system is already stretched, it concludes in a report commissioned by UK Power Reserve, which builds small gas generators.
Telegraph 1st June 2016 read more »