According to BBC, the UK National Grid says power outages are not likely this winter, however, a worst-case scenario is that blackouts will remaina possibility, if gas supplies run extremely low and if the energy crisis escalates.
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BBC also reports about the impending incentives that will come into force by the National Grid from 1 November, that aim for incentivising savings at key usage times.
There are two-fold measures in this regard, households that are equipped with smart meters could be offered payments for cutting usage at peak hours, raking in an estimated £10 per day, such as for avoiding the use of the washing machine or the oven.
Likewise, larger businesses will be rewarded for lowering their demand by altering their times of energy use but also by relying on batteries or generators in peak times, BBC reports.
Managing the blackouts
Under a worst-case scenario, different parts of the country would be affected by the blackouts depending on which area does not receive imported energy supplies. In this case, the National Grid would rotate the blackouts so that the distribution of the power outage would not affect a large part of the country at the same time.
Customers would be notified at least a day before the planned outage, including information campaigns alike Covid-19-style press conferences.
What to do in case of a black out
Consumers are being recommended to find and save the contact information of their electricity network operator and to inform them when a blackout occurs so that they can confirm it is part of a pre-planned outage and provide updates in real time. There is a free tool to do so, provided by ENA.
If a power blackout occurs, ENA also recommends turning off all electric appliances which should not be left unattended when the electricity returns. Considering it is going to be winter, it is also advised to close doors and lock in the heat inside your home.
At the same time, ENA suggests inquiring about additional services from your energy supplier, which is likely to offer a free priority servicemembershipthat can go as far as keeping you informed about outages, providing alternative heating and cooking facilities, and possibly alternative accommodation.
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