“UK bought electricity from Belgium at record prices last week to keep the lights on”

The action is said to have avoided a blackout in London last week amid the heat wave. 

According to reports, a blackout in London was reportedly averted last week when Britain sweltered in record-breaking heat. 

According to Bloomberg, the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) was had to pay £9,724.54 per megawatt hour to Belgian providers in order to import desperately needed electricity. 

On Wednesday, the price was reportedly more than 5,000 percent more than usual. 

According to the research, if that change had not been made, houses in South East London may have lost power due to a blackout. 

The average cost for a megawatt hour of power so far this year is £178. 

The UK’s warmest days on record are thought to have triggered grid problems because of rising demand.

The National Grid told told ELN: “Record temperatures caused an increase in demand, as well as a fire in East London near to transmission lines, along with various planned maintenance outages of overhead lines, led to constraints in the South East.

“In order to keep the network secure in this region, we used the standard operating tools available to us, namely to import via interconnectors. We were bidding in a tight market and market prices were high that day because Europe also wanted the energy.

“We managed the system and kept the electricity flowing to the South East.”

In order to prevent massive blackouts in the winter, it was recently claimed that Britons would be required to turn off the lights and lower their thermostats. Source

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