Large energy users vow to help keep the lights on

Large energy users have announced they will gather to find a solution to help keep the lights on. They will discuss next month how they can assist the system by turning down […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Large energy users have announced they will gather to find a solution to help keep the lights on.

They will discuss next month how they can assist the system by turning down their plants at peak times and providing supplementary supplies to the grid when needed.

They believe the country could face power shortages once all coal-fired power stations are closed by 2025.

They also think keeping costs down is a major challenge as expensive renewable plants only operate for part of the time, requiring back up plant to stand ready and only generate when needed.

Jeremy Nicholson , Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group said: “Making sure customers know what they can do and how they can commercially benefit makes more sense now than ever. That’s why we fully support the initiative being taken by the Major Energy Users’ Council with National Grid to bring industrial and commercial users together. We want to show what customers are already doing, how others can follow suit and the benefits this could bring to all consumers”.

The meetings will take place in Manchester and London next month.