Brits could be paid to switch off electricity tomorrow under blackout plan

People across the UK could be paid to turn off their power from tomorrow in a bid to prevent blackouts as energy supplies are predicted to dip.

The National Grid are considering an emergency plan to stop a blackout from happening tomorrow evening as problems with the French energy grid could mean that Brits need to ration supplies.

The UK's grid operator has said that they are considering whether to activate its Demand Flexibility Service for the first time on Tuesday.

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The scheme is intended to provide more flexibility to the Electricity System Operator (ESO) when demand is at its highest.

It allows people to save money on their energy bills, with participants being paid for making reductions to power.

DFS was launched earlier this month and has seen two tests in the last two weeks, but hasn't been used for a live event yet.

This could change soon though with the National Grid's systems operator division saying that they will decide by around 2:30pm today whether to start the scheme.

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."

If they do go ahead with a live run of DFS then they will issue a notice to suppliers and households.

Over 20 providers have signed up for the money-saving scheme, including British Gas, Octopus Energy, E.ON Next and Drax.

The impending decision comes as concern over potential power blackouts this winter increases, with Russia threatening to cut off energy supplies to Europe.

As well as this, a series of maintenance issues at nuclear power plants across France has had a knock-on effect on energy supplies in the UK.

It was reported earlier this month that engineers have been scrambling to make repairs, with half of France's reactors being taken off-line for maintenance.

Despite the growing concern, National Grid's CEO John Pettigrew has insisted that blackouts this winter are a "worst-case scenario".

But Downing Street previously confirmed that they are still "preparing for all eventualities".

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