(BN) U.K.’s Two-Minute Silence Cuts Power Use by 620 MW


U.K.'s Two-Minute Silence Cuts Power Use by 620 MW (Update1)
2010-11-11 15:57:00.472 GMT

(Updates with Iraq, Afghanistan in third paragraph.)

By Catherine Airlie
Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.'s two minutes of silence
today in observation of Armistice Day reduced power use by 620
megawatts, according to National Grid Plc.
The drop in electricity use as people observed the silence
was the equivalent of switching off a city the size of Bristol,
England's sixth-largest, the network manager said in an e-mailed
statement. That's more than the same time in 2004, 2005 and
2006, it said.
"As a result of U.K. military involvement in Iraq and
Afghanistan in recent years, more people are observing the two-
minute silence these days than they did even only a few years
ago," National Grid said, adding that this can't be completely

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