National Grid to activate an energy blackout scheme due to harsh weather conditions

The National Grid has declared that it will offer cash and other rewards to eligible households with smart meters in return for cutting their usage between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Officials have assured the public they “should not be worried” as some of the households would be offered cash for cutting down on their energy consumption after its blackout prevention scheme is activated due to the current cold weather.

It is for the very first time this autumn and winter that the Live Demand Flexibility Service (DFS) has been activated.

The National Grid ESO (electricity system operator) stated: “Our forecasts show electricity supply margins are expected to be tighter than normal on Wednesday evening.”

“It does not mean electricity supplies are at risk, and people should not be worried.”

“These are precautionary measures to maintain the buffer of spare capacity we need.”

The weather forecasters have warned that the UK is most likely to be hit by snow and ice over the next few days. 

The scheme was initiated after Europe faced a gas shortage due to the war in Ukraine.

It has been estimated that roughly 1.6 million households and businesses are involved.

Depending on their circumstances and regular energy usage, the amount to be paid may vary.

During the DFS Period, eligible households are not required to turn off all electricity, including their lights.

They do urge people to shut down appliances that consume huge amounts of energy, like washing machines. However, such participation is optional.

More than 3,300 MWh of electricity spread across 22 activations have been saved since the implementation of the scheme in 2022, which has the capacity to power roughly 10 million households for an hour.

- Published By Team Timeswire

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