Britain to pay households to use less power on Wednesday evening

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s National Grid will pay some households to use less electricity between 1700 and 1830 GMT on Wednesday evening, it said on Tuesday.

Under the so-called demand flexibility service (DFS), homes that have signed up with their suppliers are paid for turning off appliances such as ovens and dishwashers during a specific period when electricity demand is high. Payment is usually in the form of discounted bills.

“Our forecasts show electricity supply margins are expected to be tighter than normal on Wednesday evening,” National Grid’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) said in a statement.

“It does not mean electricity supplies are at risk and people should not be worried. These are precautionary measures to maintain the buffer of spare capacity we need.”

(Reporting by Susanna TwidaleEditing by David Goodman)