How the UK National Grid responds to demand

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+28 1. mxmbulat commented 11 years ago

wow, that's informative, never thought it is such a demanding job to be responsible for the whole country and take the decision at the spot.
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+26 2. Dokandre commented 11 years ago

watching TV while working.... this guy is a genius!
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-12 3. Jamiem commented 11 years ago

And know i know the answer to a question i never needed answering!
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+33 4. SilverPT commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) Because then Skynet would take over the world
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+15 5. Diarmaid commented 11 years ago

Very interesting, - does anyone know what tv show this is from?
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-8 6. OMGkungfu commented 11 years ago

gaddamn... every time i try to watch it, i fall asleep >:)
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+6 7. jerryyy commented 11 years ago

wait why is there a sudden surge in electricity demand after the show?
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+8 8. mndar commented 11 years ago

#7 it's due to the audience switching on kettles for a cup of tea
Quote from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/specials/total_eclipse/417650.stm
"About 1,000 megawatts of the increase was in relation to television pick-up - the audience switching on kettles for a cup of tea as life returned to normal."
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+6 9. Sizzlik (admin) commented 11 years ago

Somehow it reminds me of Matrix :P
I wonder if he HAS to wear a suit for that job...i would sit there in t-shirt since i would sweat like hell when a downfall comes
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+12 10. smee420 commented 11 years ago

Britain is the only country where this happens?

Does everyone else not like tea as much as us or something?
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+10 11. soggybee commented 11 years ago

I'm really annoyed at videos loading really slow because of these Social Bookmarking badges not loading. "Waiting for reddit.com..." Ya waiting 1min now ..

Anyway ... never thought Eastenders is such a big menace lol
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-1 12. BasmanT commented 11 years ago

i would love to comment or rate this video, but i´m not able to see it...
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+2 13. PaterSin commented 11 years ago

same thing with water supply after/in a pause(half time) of big events i.e. footfall because everyone is rushing to have a pee^^
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+4 14. Slap_chop_ninja commented 11 years ago

Homer Simpson's job IRL
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-8 15. Urihep commented 11 years ago

My god! This is really boring!
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+1 16. regata4 commented 11 years ago

#4 we need a similar system to control skynet
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-8 17. PortugaL26 commented 11 years ago

Yawn.. boredom.. next!
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+3 18. influenza commented 11 years ago

I would like to see him work.. with a Manchester champions league game LIVE!! >:)
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+9 19. Meowman commented 11 years ago

Englands tea need is awesome :(|)
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-2 20. adipall commented 11 years ago

ok but if they let all the plants run all the time wouldnt we have cheaper electricity or is it me just being dumb/not!
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-1 21. Electric_snot commented 11 years ago

Britain doesn't use propane? or CNG for their kettles?
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0 22. Blastabola commented 11 years ago

@ smee420

The grid have surges in other countries but not in that short timespan, that is unique to britain. But there are times of year this happens all over like christmas.

Engineers working on the grid is doing a balancing act to give us what we do for granted.