Thursday, January 26, 2023

National Grid fires up emergency coal plants as fears of blackout still lurk over low energy supplies

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NATIONAL Grid fires up its backup coal stations as energy supplies run low.

National Grid took to Twitter to warn people it is warming up its coal stations in case they are needed today (January 26).

It said: “This notification is not a confirmation that these units will be used on Thursday, but that they will be available to ESO if needed.

“ESO as a prudent system operator has these tools for additional emergencies to keep the network running as usual.”

It’s the second time this winter that the utility is considering using the coal-fired power plants, which it previously said would only be used as a “last resort” to prevent blackouts.

Temperatures have plummeted across the UK this week and the warning comes just two days after households were paid to turn off their heating.

National Grid’s “Demand Flexibility Service” (DFS) is intended to relieve the energy grid and prevent blackouts.

The Sun has asked National Grid if it will run the DFS program again tonight (January 26).

The National Grid began running its first “Live Event” service on Monday, January 23, 2023 between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Customers get an average £3 back from National Grid if they reduce their energy use by at least 30%, while others get even more if they keep saving.

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