Power cuts in London create blackouts across the capital
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Major power cuts across four regions have occurred as National Grid scrambles to get the lights back on for at least 300 customers. Around 190 homes in one area of Nottingham suffered a power outage in an incident that was raised with National Grid at 4:31am, according to its Live Power Cuts Map. The network operator said its engineers are working to get the power returned as quickly as possible, with electricity expected to start flowing again by 7:30am.
In other parts of the city in the East Midlands, customers across six postcodes are suffering from a blackout, with at least 114 properties affected.
The issue was reported at 5:28am and engineers started working to fix the issue just half an hour later. However, the power is not expected to be restored until 2pm today.
Meanwhile, in the southwest, at least 155 households have been left powerless in Torquay, Devon. The incident was reported at 5:52am and engineers were sent out a few minutes later at 5:58 to make to the fix.
According to National Grid, it was a “High Voltage (HV)” incident, which “tend to be larger, affecting the wider area and could mean your neighbours are off supply too”. The problem in the area is expected to be resolved by 9am.
Households in Exeter are also experiencing at active power cut, an issue which was raised at 6:36am on Saturday morning. But this is not expected to be fixed until 10am, leaving the four properties affected without electricity until then.
The outages have come as many houses have voluntarily paid to switch off their power-hungry appliances during peak hours as part of a blackout-swerving scheme to earn some extra cash.
Offered by several major energy companies, customers with smart meters that sign up for the Demand Flexibility Service (DFS) can reportedly earn up to £100 across the duration of the scheme, which is one of the network operator’s operational tools to help it balance the grid and avoid blackouts this winter.
However, it is important to note that the power cuts that affected the four UK regions in the early hours of Saturday morning were unrelated to the DFS.
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