Someone must pay

2008-01-24 00:00

ELECTRICITY is essential to the running of a modern economy, and as the reality of the prospect of blackouts for the best part of a decade to come sinks in, so does a realisation of the enormous extent of the ripple effects of periodic and unpredictable interruptions of power supply.

Frantic attempts are being made to find at least short-term solutions. It is criminal, for instance, that in a country which markets itself on the amount of sunshine it enjoys, so little use has been made of solar energy. Now traffic lights powered by solar panels are being mooted to alleviate traffic chaos when the power goes off.

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