Jun 15, 2023
Energy saving to return to prevent winter blackouts
Discount offers for households to use less electricity at peak times will return this winter as part of plans to minimise the risk of power cuts. The network operator said the Ukraine war posed "Risks and uncertainties" to gas supplies across Europe and the UK. It said "Tight days" on the UK energy grid would most likely be in January. "There will be cold snaps in the winter and therefore we do expect to use our normal operational tools," said a spokesman for National Grid ESO. The so-called Demand Flexibility Service was launched in last November after Russia's gas supplies to Europe were disrupted following its invasion of Ukraine. National Grid said 1.6 million households and businesses who were customers of 31 energy suppliers participated in the scheme across 22 "Events" last winter. The operator is consulting energy suppliers to improve the service ahead of the winter.
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