The National Grid’s warning that the UK faces power cuts this winter due to the current energy crisis is making headlines in Scottish newspapers. The Daily Record claims we are ‘returning to the dark ages’ and the PM is refusing to act as families face the prospect of 1970s-style blackouts to save energy.
The warnings are carried over to the front page, which says any planned power cuts would require the approval of King Charles and the British government under current law. It also says ‘power cuts’ would only become a prospect if the UK was hit by a prolonged cold spell, a lack of gas imports and not enough wind.
The Herald takes a serious angle, reporting that power outages could cost lives. He says any imposed blackout could put vulnerable people at risk. He hears about an energy charity concerned with people who rely on medical equipment.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Britain may need to import gas from mainland Europe to meet demand if the winter turns out to be cold, but supplies could be at risk due to war in Ukraine. Prime Minister Liz Truss insisted Britain had a ‘good supply’ and in a ‘much better position than many other countries’ but refused to guarantee power cuts would be avoided, according to the log.
“A Winter of Disconnection” is the creative title of Metro. The newspaper details the plans, saying planned three-hour power outages could be imposed on domestic customers if conditions fall in the worst possible way.
Power cuts would be the ‘worst case scenario’, the Scot reassures, quoting Liz Truss as saying the UK ‘can get through the winter’. He also reports the suggestion that households try to avoid using energy as much as possible during peak hours.
“Britain risks being plunged into darkness,” says the Scottish Daily Express. It indicates that households could be paid to maintain their energy consumption during off-peak hours.
The Scottish Daily Mail is making the same suggestion that families will be offered up to £10 a day to join a ‘demand flexibility service’ which rewards them for off-peak electricity use . But he says the deal hinges on a smart meter.
“Doing laundry overnight to keep the lights on” is Edinburgh Evening News’ take on the proposals. The document explains the deals families can get to do big energy-consuming tasks like laundry late at night after rush hour.
The Daily Star of Scotland’s plan illustration involved Y-fronts, a clothesline and a wolf howling at the moon.
The Scottish Sun claims author JK Rowling has “went to war” with Nicola Sturgeon over gender recognition legislation. The Harry Potter writer backed a protest rally by wearing a T-shirt calling Scotland’s first minister a ‘destroyer of women’s rights’.
The head of the National reveals a new website that will alert people to next week’s Supreme Court ruling on the legality of a second independence referendum. The newspaper says a mass rally could be held almost immediately after the judgment is delivered.
The title of the P&J “End of Credits for City Institution” refers to the closure of the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen which went into administration with the loss of 20 jobs. The charity behind the cinema blamed a lack of customers and soaring energy costs for the decision to close.
A Tayside bus company is promising improved services, reports the Evening Telegraph. Xplore insists that its reliability will improve after the problems of recent months.
The Evening Express reports on a heroic girlfriend who moved quickly to perform CPR and save her boyfriend of 23 years after he suffered a heart attack.
A pensioner warns pet owners to be more responsible in The Glasgow Times after he was knocked off his bike by a dog and broke his shoulder.
And The Courier leads with the revelation that swimming has halved in Dundee since the city’s Olympia Pool closed. The document revealed that figures for the number of swimming lanes in the area were now comparable to those of Orkney, which has a sixth of the population.
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