The national grid is paying some households to reduce electricity usage tonight !
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Some households across the UK can get discounts on their energy bills by cutting back on their use between 5pm and 6pm today.
The national grid operator ESO (Electricity System Operator) activates Demandlexibility Service (DFS) for the first time.
The service allows homes with smart meters, which are registered in the system through their suppliers, to get discounts on future bills to cut their electricity consumption during periods of high demand.
Customers will receive £3 for every unit of energy saved between 5pm and 6pm today.
Our forecast shows that electricity supply margins are expected to be lower than usual on Monday evening. We have instructed coal-fired power units to be available to augment the electricity supply if required tomorrow evening.
– National Grid ESO (NationalGridESO) January 22, 2023
There are 26 energy suppliers that have signed up for the programme, including British Gas, Octopus Energy and EDF.
National Grid ESO said implementing DFS for the first time should not be seen as an advertisement that energy supplies are at risk, saying “people should not worry.
A spokesperson said: “Our forecasts show that electricity supply margins are expected to be lower than normal on Monday evening.
“We have instructed coal-fired power units to be available to augment the electricity supply if required.
“We are also activating a live order resilience service event between 5 and 6 pm tomorrow.
This does not mean that the electricity supply is at risk nor should people worry.
“These are precautionary measures to maintain the backup capacity we need.”