National Grid ‘had three blackout near-misses in three months’

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Exclusive: Industry sources say system operator aware of growing potential of blackouts ‘for years’

National Grid had experienced three blackout “near-misses” in as many months before Friday’s major outage left almost a million homes in the dark and forced trains to a standstill around the UK.

The system operator, already under investigation by the energy watchdog, faces criticism from within the industry that it has not done enough to guard against the risk of blackouts.

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