England vs Uruguay match to kick off UK power surge

England’s first football match in the World Cup versus Uruguay is predicted to cause the biggest UK surge in power demand in the tournament’s group stage. National Grid forecasters said […]

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By Vicky Ellis

England’s first football match in the World Cup versus Uruguay is predicted to cause the biggest UK surge in power demand in the tournament’s group stage.

National Grid forecasters said a surge in demand of around 1,300MW is expected at half time in England’s second match as people switch on kettles and lights.

A smaller pick-up of 400MW is expected tonight as the World Cup kicks off, the match between Brazil and Croatia, the equivalent of 160,000 kettles being switched on.

A National Grid survey of the British public found a majority of viewers (56%) are likely to watch the England v Uruguay game at home.

John Young, Energy Forecasting Analyst at National Grid said: “In our control room we will be watching the England v Uruguay game particularly closely.

“In the group stage, we expect the England games to create the biggest surges in demand. We expect the size of these surges to increase if England progress further in the tournament.”

Energy Secretary Ed Davey confided this week at the Economist’s UK Energy conference how grid operators have reassured him there is plenty of power even for the biggest of spikes during a World Cup match.

He quipped: “Can you imagine what would happen if, at a crunch moment, perhaps when England are beating Brazil three nil and our brave boys trot off for half-time there was a mass blackout? The peak of all peaks, ever, arrives and our electricity system falls over,” reported the Guardian.