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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Laycie Beck

Nottinghamshire coal plant to stand down after orders to begin warming up

A Nottinghamshire coal plant has been told to stand down after plans were announced yesterday for the unit to begin warming up in case it was needed during the colder weather period. It was announced over the weekend that three UK coal plants, including the one in West Burton, near Retford, and two at the Drax's site in North Yorkshire, would begin to warm up.

However, a spokesperson for the National Grid ESO has confirmed that whilst three coal units were asked to begin warming up, an operational decision was made on Monday (January 23) that this was no longer needed. The three units have since stood down.

Between 5pm and 6pm tonight is the first time the National Grid ESO will be offering its Demand Flexibility Service, which will help moderate energy supply whilst demand is at its highest. The scheme is expected to stay in place until March, and it is reported that it could reduce household bills by £100 during the Winter.

Participating households who signed up to the scheme are able to save money by reducing their power usage during the hour. The National Grid's ESO website states: "If you have signed up to take part in the DFS scheme your electricity provider will contact you before a demonstration test or live event and ask if you want to participate in the following day’s event."

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