The electricity system operator has confirmed that the strong national backing for the Lionesses led to an upswing in electricity usage during halftime.
This resulted in a 500MW increase in TV usage during halftime.
This phenomenon, known as the “TV pickup effect,” is observed during significant televised moments.
England’s triumph over Germany during their UEFA EURO 2020 created an increase of about 1GW in electricity demand at halftime, along with a subsequent rise of approximately 1.6GW after the match concluded.
This amount of power is comparable to the energy consumption of roughly 320 million light bulbs and 888,000 kettles.
⚽Even in defeat, the @Lionesses made the nation proud🦁
They had the full support of the country behind them during Sunday’s World Cup 2023 final with our Control Room experiencing 500MW of TV pickup at halftime!
What is TV pick up? 📺 Find out here 👉 https://t.co/bSEEo0WSHV…
— National Grid ESO (@NationalGridESO) August 21, 2023