According to reports, the UK government is testing plans that can help it cope with power cuts that can last up seven days. According to The Guardian, exercises were held in recent days with various government departments and local councils.
Programme Yarrow, a plan created in 2021, was designed to improve planning in case of a major fault in the national grid. Worst-case scenario, all sectors could lose power supply up to one week.
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The report stated that power would be cut to all premises without warning. 60% of electricity demand will be met between day two-day seven. Houses and businesses would then have “intermittent access”.
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This would mean that only analogue FM radios will work, while only BBC Radio 2 or 4 can broadcast. Even in the worst case scenario, the newspaper claimed that power would be restored within one week.
This plan can be used in serious situations such as the one described by UK’s electricity last month, which warned of rolling blackouts for three hours under a worst-case scenario.
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“As responsible governments, we must plan for all possible scenarios and work closely with the industry to create and implement robust contingency plans. This work is continuous and important part of our national resilience planning,” the UK government stated to Sky News.
It added that “Local as well as national exercises are part of this ongoing effort and ensure we can effectively respond to any scenario, regardless of how unlikely,”