French power supply problems could hit UK

Bowden says higher temperatures in summer periods can increase UK demand significantly because of increased use of air-conditioning. This, along with accidental and planned power plant outages, could "dramatically reduce" supply margin.

"The UK must not become complacent and believe that France's crisis call for electricity is limited to France alone," says Bowden. "Nuclear power currently accounts for about a fifth of the UK's total electricity generation so our own security of supply could also