More than £50 million could be paid to EDF to reduce power output from Britain’s largest nuclear reactor and avert the risk of blackouts this summer. National Grid is negotiating with the French energy group to halve generation from Sizewell B in Suffolk as part of a series of measures to help it to keep the lights on. The lockdown has caused a drop in electricity demand that is making it much harder for National Grid to manage the system and threatens to overwhelm the network with surplus power. The company has warned of a “significant risk of disruption to security of supply” over the Bank Holiday weekend unless it is granted emergency powers to disconnect excess solar and wind farms. Last night National Grid was understood to be finalising the contract with EDF as a further measure to shore up the system before Friday, in case sunny weather brings record low demand. The costs will ultimately feed through to consumer energy bills.
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