UK: Paying consumers to click the “off switch”

You’ve heard of a kilowatt of electricity, but how about a negawatt? Well unless you’re from England you probably haven’t heard of a negawatt yet, but the concept of paying consumers to turn off their power switch is now a reality in Britain. As reported by Bloomberg News, England’s efforts to meet its growing demand for electricity with wind power is proving daunting, as wind energy is unreliable and creates a lot of problems for electric grid managers. To help them out, a curb in demand is being pursued by offering consumers an opportunity to earn an average of 220 pounds for every megawatt hour they don’t use during stress situations. So in England, you really can get paid something for using nothing.

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