National Grid

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 19th October 2005.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Member, Regulatory Reform Committee 19th October 2005

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of a reduction in the voltage on the national grid in the event of a one in 50 cold winter on (a) domestic and (b) commercial consumers.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry 19th October 2005

If voltage demand measures were needed to handle a short-term electricity shortage the most likely visible impact on consumers would be a slight dimming of lights and kettles would take longer to boil. Some sensitive, mainly commercial and industrial, electronic systems may be affected e.g. fire alarms.

Demand restraint measures of this nature would mostly happen during the morning and evening peak demand periods.

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