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Cold snap forces UK electricity market prices to new high

National Grid issues urgent call for suppliers to generate extra 524MW of electricity capacity

Plunging temperatures and a drop in wind turbine power generation have pushed UK electricity market prices to a new high and prompted the National Grid to put out an urgent call for suppliers to provide extra capacity.

The National Grid control room warned that its spare electricity supplies would be “tight” this week, and on Tuesday issued an official call for the country’s generators to bring forward an extra 524 megawatts of electricity capacity within 24 hours.

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