Hoping for electrifying football at World Cup
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.