Posted by Big Gav
The BBC has a report on freezing (and energy guzzling) Britain - No respite as UK hit by coldest night of winter.
The UK has suffered its coldest night of the winter so far with temperatures plummeting to -22.3C (-8.1F) in a village in Sutherland in the Highlands. ...
Meanwhile, 27 firms - 12 in the East Midlands and 15 in the North West - are still using alternative fuels after National Grid told them to turn off their gas supply, with demand for energy soaring. At one stage on Thursday, 95 major firms were affected.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn insisted there were "plenty of supplies" of gas, with storage about 70% full. He said firms affected were on special contracts - paying less but losing supplies when demand was high - and that there was no need for domestic customers to worry.
Of some 5,000 homes in southern England which were without power throughout Thursday, all but "a few hundred" were reconnected overnight, energy suppliers said.