The National Grid could activate an emergency blackout starting “tomorrow” and Brits could be paid to turn off their electricity to help avoid a blackout.
At the start of this month National Grid launched the scheme which has been tested twice but as yet not activated across the country, and by 2.30pm on Monday the company will make the decision to inform households.
The National Grid website says The Demand Flexibility Service (DFS) has been “developed to allow the ESO to access additional flexibility when the national demand is at its highest – during peak winter days – which is not currently accessible to the ESO in real time.”
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It adds, “This new innovative service will allow consumers, as well as some industrial and commercial users (through suppliers/aggregators), to be incentivised for voluntarily flexing the time when they use their electricity.”
A spokesperson for National Grid ESO said, “What has happened is that the ESO has issued an indicative notice on BMRS to alert demand flexibility service providers that we may issue a requirement at 2:30pm for the use of DFS tomorrow night.
“We’re still assessing what requirement we might need, so it’s still possible that we will issue a requirement for 0MW at 2:30pm that will stand down the use of the DFS tomorrow night.”