UK News Germany, China and India join UK in facing energy crisis over gas, oil and coal shortages and soaring prices
How many clean sheets have India kept in the last decade?
From Subrata Paul to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the Indian team have had a safe pair of hands under the sticksSubrata Paul became the India's custodian in goal in the 2007 Nehru Cup, taking over the mantle from Sandip Nandy, and in that very tournament, he was adjudged the best goalkeeper. One of the most memorable performances came in the final where he put up an impressive show to keep Syrian attacks at bay and helped India clinch their maiden Nehru Cup title by a narrow 1-0 margin.
This winter, millions of homes around the world will be faced with little to no power as energy such as coal, gas and oil are in alarmingly low supply.
Thein the UK has left some energy companies going bust and homes and businesses struggling to pay soaring costs and bills.
China is rationing electricity in some areas – a measure already seen in India, where the situation could become worse as the country’s power plants are close to running out of coal.
The global coal shortage has also led to a power plant in Germany to shut.
The power crunch is threatening supply chains and raising questions about whether the move toshould happen sooner. Here are some of the countries and regions facing challenges with powering homes and warning of blackouts.
gas price crisis: purchases common at European level, a "realistic" solution, "if the political will is there," says an expert
against the outbreak of the prices of natural gas, "Europe must be Unie ", assures Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, director of the Jacques Delors Institute. © Provided by FranceInfo "In the medium term, Europe must be united" Faced with the gas price crisis, estimated Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Director of the Energy Center at the Jacques Delors Institute, Thursday, October 7th on FRANCINFO.
European governments are scrambling for solutions to protect households from steeper energy bills ahead of winter.
Wholesale European gas prices have increased by more than 500 per cent this year as tight gas supplies have struggled to cope with high demand as the world’s economies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The crisis is also partly caused by “weather-related events, glitches at gas production plants across the world, and speculative trading on the EU’s emissions market”, according to American think tank the Atlantic Council.
Many EU countries are planning market interventions, ranging from subsidies to price caps, to shield citizens from rising costs.
The issue will top the agenda of the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels next week.
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Around 40 to 45 per cent of electricity in the UK is generated by natural gas, the vast majority of which is imported from Norway.
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– which are usually cheaper than default plans – and taking other measures to dissuade customers from switching to their services.
in a bid to stop firms going under.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng held talks with industry leaders last week, and ministers and officials are set to continue speaking with businesses on Monday and throughout the week.
Energy crisis hits China: Factories close and cities hit by blackouts
Cities have been plunged into darkness as blackouts hit China with factories either closed or forced to reduce their hours to just a couple a week after demand for energy soared as the economy reopened.The country is so short on power that cities have been hit by blackouts with factories forced to close or else open for just a couple of hours per week.
However the Government has brokered a deal with theindustry to ensure supplies continue to be available, after the rising price of gas forced a major CO2 producer, CF Fertilisers, to shut down its two UK plants last month.
Meanwhile the country has had to deal with the petrol crisis, with drivers queueing for hours at the pumps,
The Bergkamen-A power station in westernwas forced to close down last week after it ran out of coal.
Daniel Mühlenfeld, a spokesman for energy company Steag, which runs the plant, said the strong demand for coal and for transport by barge had led to the closure, telling Bloomberg that since the plant has no rail connection “there are no logistical alternatives available here”.
The reliance on conventional electricity has also increased in Germany as wind output fell this year, leading to the turbines underperforming.
About 43 per cent of Germany’s power consumption was from renewable energy between January and September, a decrease from 48 per cent a year earlier.
Energy price cap 'will not be moved' and business sec 'convinced' UK won't suffer gas shortage
The price cap on consumers' energy bills "will not be moved" this winter Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has told Sky News - and he is "convinced" the UK will not suffer gas shortages in the coming months. © Getty The energy price cap for consumers 'will not be moved' this winter Speaking to the Trevor Phillips On Sunday show, Mr Kwarteng said he was "convinced we will have full energy supply" despite soaring wholesale gas prices around the world - although he stopped short of offering a full guarantee that there would not be disruption.
A lack of coal has caused a supply shortage in some eastern and northern states in, with homes and businesses in the affected areas experiencing power cuts stretching to up to 14 hours a day.
More than half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants, which supply about 70 per cent of the country’s electricity, are running out of fuel and only have around three days’ worth of stock left.
Indian electric utility company Tata Power reportedly sent text messages to customers in northern Delhi on Saturday warning supply would be at a “critical level” that day due to limited coal availability, and urged them to be “responsible citizens” and use electricity “judicially”.
The company responded to a number of complaints by consumers who aired their frustration on Twitter over the weekend.
“There have been repeated episodes of power cut over past four days,” said one Twitter user on Sunday, while another on Monday wrote: “Powercut in my area was announced for 9.30am to 2.30pm. It is 4pm now still nothing.”
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the federal government to divert supplies of coal and gas to utilities supplying the Indian capital.
Another nightmare before Xmas: Britain's busiest port is in turmoil
Felixstowe in Suffolk has become severely congested to the point that Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, is diverting its big vessels away from the UK.Felixstowe in Suffolk has become severely congested to the point that Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, is diverting its big vessels away from the UK because the dockside is full and there are not enough truck drivers to pick up and deliver fully loaded containers and return the empty ones.
“Delhi could face a power crisis,” he tweeted on Saturday, sharing a copy of a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging a shortage of fuel in power plants in and around Delhi.
The energy crisis gripping the world’s second largest economy and top exporter is expected to last until the end of the year due to coal shortages.
The north-eastern province of Liaoning warned of worsening power shortages on Monday, despite government efforts to boost coal supply and manage electricity use.
The province has been hit by widespread power cuts since mid-September, leaving hundreds of thousands of households without electricity and forcing industries to suspend production, after rationing was implemented during peak hours in many parts of north-eastern China.
Chinese firms around the country, producing a range of materials and goods, from aluminium and chemicals to dyes and furniture, have said their production has been disrupted by the power curbs.
In Guangdong, China’s most populous province, people are banned from using elevators in office buildings above three floors and are being encouraged to use natural light, according to the.
Heavy rain has also exacerbated the crisis after about 60 mines in China’s largest coal-mining province, Shanxi – which has produced 30 per cent of the country’s supply of the fuel so far this year – closed since Friday due to flooding.
Vice-premier Han Zheng said China will “strictly control” coal-fired power generation projects and “strictly limit” the increase in coal consumption over the next five years.
Ralph Ellison Remembers The Golden Age of Jazz .
1959 is widely considered one of the greatest years ever for jazz albums. But for the novelist, the true peak of the era—which took place at Minton’s in Harlem—was already dead That which we do is what we are. That which we remember is, more often than not, that which we would liked to have been; or that which we hope to be. Thus our memory and our identity are ever at odds; our history ever a tall tale told by inattentive idealists.