What happens if there are nationwide planned emergency power cuts.
What are Rota Load Disconnections (RLD)?
You may have seen news reports that Britain could be facing planned emergency power cuts this winter (also called ‘blackouts’) to help manage the national electricity supply. These will only occur when the government and National Grid agree that there is no other alternative and will be phased across the country so different locations are without power at different times.
The nationwide electricity network is split into areas or ‘blocks’, each of which is identified by a single letter from A to V. To spread the load, a rota system has been created by the National Grid and the government which would mean areas are disconnected for up to 3 hours at a time. These are also known as Rota Load Disconnections (RLD).
Get ready and be prepared.
Your electricity should be off for no more than 3 hours at a time, but this could vary depending on the severity of the situation. This may be at peak times, like early evening, so it's best to think in advance about how you would manage your situation. The government will give up to 48 hours notice so you have time to get ready.
Here are our suggestions for what to do in the run up to an emergency power cut:
Check that your neighbours (particularly the elderly and vulnerable) know what’s happening and when.
Keep a torch handy, with spare batteries - it’s much safer than candles.
Charge devices like phones, laptops and batteries.
Keep blankets and warm clothing ready.
Fill a flask with boiled water for hot drinks and a hot water bottle to help you stay warm.
Leave a light on so you know when power is back on.
Remember - if you have a gas cooker, the electronic ignition won't work during a power cut so have a lighter available, just in case you need it.
What to do when the power is off.
During the power cut, try to keep room doors shut as much as possible to keep the heat in and the draughts out. And the same goes for your fridge and freezer too, to help them stay cold.
There’s no need to call us - the power disconnections are controlled by the National Grid.