WHAT IS A ROTA DISCONNECTION?

In exceptional circumstances, should there be a severe shortage of electricity production in the UK, distribution areas may be required to disconnect electricity to customers for a set duration, on a rota basis.

The purpose of Rota Disconnection is to reduce the demand for electricity to the level of production that is available. This is achieved by dividing all the users of electricity into groups, called blocks. These blocks are then switched off, in turn on a rota, for minimum intervals of three hour periods. If the shortfall becomes more severe, more blocks are switched off resulting in more interruptions.

This action can only be taken when it is authorised by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The entire electricity network will be required to follow any instruction given in these circumstances.



WHAT IS MY ROTA DISCONNECTION BLOCK?

Your Rota Disconnection Block Code will be shown at the top of your power invoice.