Pile of coal
Is coal as reliable as we think?

A number of coal plant outages across the country have left heatwave-stricken homes without power

Solar power ‘will help Europe avoid blackouts’

Sun Investment Group says photovoltaic panels can prove highly effective in covering gaps in supply

Ring ring! Power cut helpline reaches three million calls

The 105 hotline allows people to contact their local electricity network in the event of an outage

Extreme temperatures cause water chaos across UK

The UK’s recent ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap has caused damage to water infrastructure across the country, leaving many customers unable to secure a reliable supply

UKPN restores power to 130,000 homes

UK Power Networks (UKPN) engineers have restored power to more than 130,000 properties in the East of England today, after 70mph winds damaged trees and overhead power lines. The regional distributor says it has additional engineers working to restore remaining power outages as quickly and safely as possible. Currently there are still around 2,100 Cambridgeshire […]

Energy supplier puts on party during NYE power cut

An energy supplier provided a New Year’s party for its customers on a Scottish island after Storm Dylan left them without power. As 76mph winds wreaked havoc on Jura, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) told customers to go to the Jura Hotel for Hogmanay and enjoy dinner and drinks on the company’s tab. Hotel […]

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 […]