National Grid fires up coal units as Britain battles big freeze

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National Grid has put two coal units on standby amid plummeting temperatures to ensure that the UK does plunge into darkness as snow blankets the country, but the firm has said that for now energy should still be used “as normal”. Two of the grid operator’s reserve coal-fired power stations have been given notice as the network faces a huge surge in demand amid the cold snap.

But instead of being a cause for alarm, the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) said the emergency plan “should give the public confidence in Monday’s energy supply”, with millions of Britons expected to work from home as the snow causes travel chaos.

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