Power cuts in Serbia as Europe’s deep freeze threatens national grid…(Ice Age?)
Serbia has started implementing power cuts in a desperate bid to stave off the collapse of its national grid as the country suffers the effects of days of freezing temperatures.
By Matthew Day
10 Feb 2012
EPS, the state-run power company, said it would cut power to industry first, warning that unless demand falls by about 10 per cent in the next few days the entire system could collapse under the strain .
It has urged the public via a national television address to save electricity, .
Temperatures as low as -30C have sent demand soaring but also interrupted coal production, restricting supplies to Serbia’s coal-fired power stations. With the bad weather affecting neighbouring countries Serbia has also been unable to import extra energy to boost supplies.
Zoran Manasijevic, EPS’s assistant director, said that some 2,000 companies will have their power cut over the next few days, but stressed supplies for domestic consumers and vital buildings such as hospitals will remain unaffected.
The power cuts comes as most of Europe still battles the unrelenting grip of a cold front that has brought chaos and death to the continent for almost two weeks.