Free electricity boost for UK homes

Octopus Energy and UK Power Networks have introduced the “Power-ups” programme, providing selected customers with complimentary electricity during surplus renewable energy periods

Households in select areas of the South and East of England will soon be offered free electricity when renewable energy is abundant.

Octopus Energy has joined forces with UK Power Networks to unveil the ‘Power-ups’ initiative – the offering aims to revolutionise how households consume energy by harnessing surplus power from sources like solar and wind.

Participating customers will receive notifications ahead of time, informing them of periods when ‘power-ups’ can be activated, allowing them to enjoy cost-free electricity.

Alex Schoch, Head of Flexibility at Octopus Energy Group, emphasised the significance of this endeavour, highlighting that the concept aligns with the company’s commitment to fostering demand flexibility.

Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Director of Distribution System Operator at UK Power Networks, echoed these sentiments, emphasising the role of customer flexibility in accommodating growing volumes of renewable energy.

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