THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has called for a meeting with the government’s energy secretary over concerns about the city’s increased energy demands.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson has written to Ed Davey with his fears that the electrical distribution network will not be able to cope with the immense power demands of two new aircraft carriers which are due to arrive at the naval base later this decade.
He said the city has a limit of 90 mega volt ampere, and at peak times demand already reaches 86MVA even without the new warships.
As reported in The News, one option being considered is for a power station to be built inside the walls of Portsmouth’s naval base.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said a secure electrical supply is crucial to attracting investment into the city.
‘With the arrival of the two new carriers into Portsmouth the power needs will increase by 10 MW per ship when they plug into the mains,’ he said.
‘At peak, this will mean the city will go dark.
‘Even without the arrival of the new aircraft carriers the energy demands within the city are very close to the maximum that SSE is able to distribute and will increase with the regeneration of the city.’