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National Grid Considers Tapping Into New Powers to Avoid Blackouts on Tuesday

National Grid Plc's IFA Interconnector Site After Fire Knocks Out Cable
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Households across Britain could be paid on Tuesday evening to help take strain off the country's energy grid as French nuclear plants will be unable to help deal with demand.

National Grid's system operator said it was considering the first ever live run of its Demand Flexibility Service - which is designed to avoid blackouts.