History tells us that the winter of 1946-1947 was one of the worst experienced by the UK in a century – and the coldest in three.
Coming so soon after the end of World War II, an already crippled economy felt the full impact of freezing weather that killed both livestock and crops, while jamming roads and railways with snow.
It got so bad that at one point, Winston Churchill observed that he couldn’t even get his favorite cigars.
But the main concern was the provision of electricity. Not a single power-generating station in all of England had escaped wartime destruction, and a return to “normalcy” in the power sector was still years away.
So during the cold winter of 1946-1947 the entire British population had to hunker down.
Now, the current situation is hardly as dire. But ever since the UK voted to separate from the EU (the co-called “Brexit” referendum) on June 23, I’ve been waiting for the initial signals that this divorce will have consequences in the energy sector.