In what it called an “unlikely” scenario, the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) said households and businesses might face planned three-hour outages to ensure the grid does not collapse.
If it was to happen, it would be the first time in five decades that the UK is affected by such power outages.
Blackouts famously hit the UK during the 1970s in response to the miners’ strikes and the oil crisis.
The industrial action - prompted by miners demanding pay in line with inflation rates - eventually led to Edward Heath's Conservative government imposing a three-day week in 1974 to save electricity supplies.
Those early '70s blackouts were characterised by bizarre scenes from haircuts in the street to long queues for candles. Here, Yahoo News UK digs into the picture archives to show how Britons handled the repeated blackouts.
Leeds beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in seven years as Leicester also avoided a shock with a 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday.Leeds and Leicester join Manchester City as the first three sides to book their place in the last 16 of the cup.
A vehicle attempted to gain unauthorized access to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the United States, on the evening of Friday, January 27, the base said.The Camp Pendleton press office said the attempt was made at around 6:30 pm, and the Marshall Office deployed “final denial barriers," and disabled the vehicle.Video shows a car burning at a security barrier at Camp Pendleton main gate, which was temporarily closed.Local media reported everyone in the car was taken to the Palomar hospital in Escondido. Credit: NotInRegz via Storyful
I often get asked to name my favourite meals from my trips around the world. I’ve eaten lots and forgotten a great many, but I do remember the good ones – especially if I’ve recreated them and added them to the recipe bank on my iPad. That’s the useful thing about food writing.