Power surge during half-time of Sunday's World Cup
Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30
ENOUGH power for 50,000 homes was consumed during half-time of Sunday's World Cup final as football fans rushed to make tea and get beer from the fridge.
National grid operator EirGrid said there was a noticeable spike in demand during the interval, following an overall drop in consumption throughout the 120 minutes of the game.
For most of the day – up to the start of the match – electricity demand followed a "typical Sunday in July", but there was a "small but noticeable change" at half-time, figures from EirGrid's National Control Centre show. Consumption dropped during the game, but sharply rose during the breaks. "Demand fell during the playing time of the match, as people gathered together in one room, or in pubs or venues to watch the match, as the suspense grew," a spokesman said.