U.K. Winter Power Supply Sufficient Without Nuclear, Grid Says

The U.K. has sufficient electricity production margins to prevent power cuts this winter even should the country’s nine nuclear plants be excluded, grid operator National Grid Plc (NG/) said.

Britain has enough security of supply to “live without” its reactors in the period, Chris Train, National Grid’s network operations director, said today at a conference in London.

The surplus of generating capacity to electricity demand is about 14 percent for the six-month period from October, and will decline to 4 percent by the winter of 2015 to 2016, according to a report published today by U.K. regulator Ofgem.

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