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Power plants put on winter stand-by - National Grid is to pay mothballed plants to be online this winter to prevent power cuts, it has said.

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Breaking news: Spain's state prosecutor is to request the release of Ashya King's parents from police custody.

UK breaking news: David Cameron says he wants to see Ashya King reunited with his parents and that seeing pictures of him brought back memories of his son Ivan.

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Letter: Green electricity more likely to cause a power blackout

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With the advent of more and more solar panels plus the growing number of wind generators being connected to the local electricity network I fear the incidents of overloading will undoubtedly increase, resulting in possible brownouts and in the worse case power blackouts – especially in the more rural areas.

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Letter: Green electricity more likely to cause a power blackout

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With the advent of more and more solar panels plus the growing number of wind generators being connected to the local electricity network I fear the incidents of overloading will undoubtedly increase, resulting in possible brownouts and in the worse case power blackouts – especially in the more rural areas.

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Star comment: Families must take initiative

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Free school dinners are on the menu for a staggering 1.5 million children aged under seven. And that number could increase dramatically if a Liberal Democrat plan is approved to extend the scheme for all children under 11.

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