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South West facing possible power cuts

The West Country may face power cuts despite hosting hundreds of wind and solar farms, the Western Daily Press has reported.

Concern over future electricity supply has prompted the National Grid to ask firms to switch off the power at peak times.

The company, which operates Britain’s electricity system, said it wants businesses to switch off between 4pm and 8pm on winter weekdays over the next four years to help avoid blackouts.

The industry body for renewables in the South West backed the plan to scale back demand in return for payments and said there was no “immediate risk” of cuts.

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