Sterling performance leads to grid surge

England’s win over Germany caused 1.6GW hike in demand says National Grid

The Big Zero report

Football is not only coming home but is also producing a surge in electricity demand!

The 55 year wait for an English victory over Germany in tournament football during the Euro 2020 match last night, led to a a spike in electricity demand according to National Grid ESO.

The grid operator confirmed to ELN that its control room saw an approximately 1GW pick-up at half-time and an approximately 1.6GW pick-up at full-time.

The surge surpassed the National Grid ESO’s expectation, published just a few hours before the match, of around 900MW spike in electricity demand.

England next play on Saturday evening and it’s clear the grid will need to be prepared!

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