Hop­ing for elec­tri­fy­ing foot­ball at World Cup

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

EN­GI­NEERS from the Na­tional Grid will be PAID to watch the foot­ball World Cup – to make sure the elec­tric­ity sys­tem can cope with power surges.

Na­tional Grid, which runs Bri­tain’s trans­mis­sion sys­tem, said staff had al­ready been analysing data from pre­vi­ous big foot­ball games to help them.

The pub­lic is also be­ing asked to give in­for­ma­tion about likely view­ing habits dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

John Young, of Na­tional Grid, said: “The World Cup is a re­ally ex­cit­ing time for the Bri­tish pub­lic, and both ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing for Na­tional Grid. We’ll be work­ing to make sure elec­tric­ity sup­ply and de­mand is bal­anced from kick-off un­til af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.”

Its big­gest ever surge was when Eng­land lost to West Ger­many in a penalty shoot out in 1990 – equiv­a­lent to over a mil­lion ket­tles be­ing turned on.

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