UK ‘will not be hit by blackouts’

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Britain will not be hit by 1970s-style industrial blackouts, Energy Minister Michael Fallon insisted.

The Tory MP admitted yesterday there was a “risk” of power shortages in the UK within three years but insisted the Government would not let that happen.

It comes after regulator Ofgem warned that electricity margins could tighten in 2015-16 to between around two to five per cent depending on demand.

Mr Fallon told BBC1’s Sunday Politics: “I don’t agree there is a real risk. There is a risk, of course. There is going to be less reserve capacity in three years’ time but we have got time to deal with that.”

Asked what chance there was of Britain being hit by blackouts, he replied: “Oh, low. We are going to make sure they don’t happen.”