Charlie Buttrey

September 20, 2022

I confess that I watched a little bit of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral ceremony yesterday.

I wasn’t the only one.

In fact, a massive two gigawatt power drop — the equivalent of 200 million lightbulbs being turned off — was reported as millions of Britons stopped what they were doing to watch the Queen’s funeral. Energy usage gradually increased by about 500 megawatts over the course of the funeral as people returned to their normal activities (such as preparing breakfast), but energy levels dropped by 500 megawatts during the country’s two-minute moment of silence. After the moment of silence, energy use returned to its usual level.

 

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