There has been the odd mention of problems with our national electricity supply.
It’s funny how no mention was ever made in past years with warnings of blackouts in coming months? Usually we only had blackouts during strikes or after a batch of bad weather. Could it coincidentally be anything to do with an over reliance on the wind for their bird munchers?
Anyhows the first mention was a few weeks back where they talked about a shortage of power for the next five years. The problem at the time was that a couple of generating plants were down for maintenance. However hey have just announced that Huntstown is back on stream. This is exciting news as I didn’t even know there was a Hunstown plant. Apparently it’s a gas powered station so that will shortly be shutting down again in case it causes the planet’s entire climate to collapse.
Now there is a plan to reassure us.
I am so reassured.
In the case of a problem with power, the data farms will be the first to go. I’m sure this is brilliant news for all the firms that have just invested in their spanking new farms?
Then the next to go will be cement factories. This would indeed be reassuring if every town and village had its own cement factory but off the top of my head I can’t think of any. Maybe the lack of them pushes them down the priority list. Other industries too will be blacked out but they don’t go into any further specifics.
Last of all to be blacked out will be healthcare settings and private homes. But, we are told, it will never come to that. Private home owners can rest assured that there will be no power cuts.
Now that they have made such a clear and specific statement, I am worried.
I have all the candles in place. Torches are placed at strategic points. The gas fire is primed an ready to go. My only problem is brewing my mug of tea. I thought of getting a generator but I would have to shell out way in excess of €500 to get one powerful enough to boil a kettle. I don’t value my tea that much. I’ll have to rely on gas.
About forty five years ago we bought the full camping equipment – chalet tent, table and chairs, inflatable mattresses and a cooking stove with a cylinder of gas. Over the years for various reasons we got rid of the tent and the mattresses. Many years later a friend of Daughter sat on the camping table and flattened it [she was a BIG girl]. The chairs survived for some more years before ending in a skip. The only thing that remained was the stove and gas cylinder.
That stove travelled the country on our various holidays. It was ideal for brewing a quick snack at the side of the road. In later years it was dragged out during regular power cuts. It was used so often I even had to refill the gas cylinder a few years ago.
Yesterday we had a power cut. Maybe they were practising for the cuts we aren’t going to have? I dragged out the camping cooker and connected it up. The stink of gas was disgusting. Luckily the power came back in time to prevent a massive explosion and I decided to bin the stove. It has had a long and honourable life and it’s time to replace it.
It’s always best to be fully prepared for the things that will never happen?