UK factories shut down at some peak times to avoid high power costs.

FT: “Cripplingly high power costs are forcing some of Britain’s heavy manufacturers to shut down their entire operation at peak times, with furnaces cooling and workers shivering in cold, darkened offices.”
“Executives say this “third world” scenario is becoming more frequent, as companies try to avoid using energy at peak times, when costs can rise 300 fold under the unusual rules of Britain’s power market.
….Mr Pedder said: “It is a crazy system and it is getting worse. The government talks of keeping the lights on but they are already going out for heavy users.”