Tesla’s battery down under successfully prevents outage

Tesla’s recently installed backup battery unit in South Australia has already prevented an outage by providing 100MW of power to the grid in just 140 milliseconds. It restored power following an outage caused by a failure at the coal-fired Loy Yang power plant in Victoria. The lithium-ion battery, said to be the world’s largest, draws […]

Storm Caroline ’causes outages across north Scotland’

Storm Caroline has reportedly forced more than 50 schools across the north of Scotland to close and left around 2,500 homes without power. That’s according to local media reports, which suggest violent winds and rain have damaged electricity infrastructure across the region. Power cuts around Aboyne forced a primary school to delay its opening this […]

Unexpected outage at Scottish gas terminal

There has been an unexpected outage at Shell’s Scottish gas terminal, St Fergus. It happened at 9pm last Friday and is expected to last until 6am 31st July. National Grid data showed the outage has cut flows by 12.6 mcm per day leaving the system nine million cubic metres (mcm) short. Stuart Lea, Head of Energy […]

Ukraine urged to ‘self-limit’ power usage

The energy industry in Ukraine is being urged to “self-limit” power consumption during times of peak demand. Volodymyr Demchyshyn, Minister of the Energy and Coal Industry made the comment yesterday during a conference call with representatives of regional administrations and energy companies. Earlier this week a “technical damage” shut down one of the reactors at […]

Outage at Norway’s gas plant limits flows to UK

There has been limited gas flows into the UK today as a result of an unexpected outage in a processing facility in Norway. That led to the UK gas system around 26 million cubic metres short this morning, according to the daily market report from npower. The Kollsnes natural gas facility processes Norwegian gas from […]

Power outage rises to 80 hours a week in Nepal

Householders in Nepal are now facing power outages for 80 hours a week, a rise from the previous 63 hours. According to the latest schedule released by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), there will be 11 hours of load shedding for four days a week and 12 hours for the remaining three days. That is […]

Thousands in Quebec still without power after violent storm

Nearly 17,000 households and businesses in the Canadian province of Quebec (pictured) are still without power as a result of a violent storm last Friday, according to reports. Energy firm Hydro-Quebec said it has restored service to close to 96% of its customers following severe thunderstorms that swept through southern Quebec – in east-central Canada […]

Rat ‘may have caused latest Fukushima power outage’

A rat has been fingered with the blame for a prolonged power outage at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant this week. Japanese energy firm Tepco said a rodent could have gnawed at a cable or the switchboard causing it to short-circuit on Monday. This led to a 30-hour power loss for the cooling systems which pumped […]