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Power blackouts a real threat admit energy firms

Power blackouts within the next ten years is increasingly likely, the group representing major electricity generators has admitted.

The Association of Electricity Producers (AEP), responding to a report by the BBC yesterday that by 2015 there was an unacceptable risk of power blackouts, agreed with the report and its condemnation of the Government for dithering over energy policy.

The AEP agreed that there was risk of power blackouts from 2015 onwards due to a large proportion of our gas and coal-fired plants will be forced to close due to EU legislation and nuclear plants shut due to their age.

However, it added that UK generators were fully aware of this risk and were doing everything within their power to ensure the lights stay on.

"The UK electricity industry expects to invest £100bn by 2020 in new power stations and related infrastructure," said an AEP spokesman.

"This money is needed to replace the retiring power stations and also to meet the government’s renewable energy target, which requires between 30% and 40% of the UK’s electricity to come from renewables by 2020. Power stations are long-term investments and their owners will expect them to operate for decades. Clear and stable policy from governments is vital to investors and those qualities have not always been forthcoming."

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