New app allows customers to report power cuts

People can also take photos of any damage to the power network and send them directly to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

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 […]

Hundreds of homes and firms still without power

More than 800 households and businesses still have no access to electricity in Northern England as the region struggles with flooding. While progress has been made in reconnecting thousands of homes to the electricity networks, many are still off supply in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, Leeds, York and the Upper Calder Valley. Northern Powergrid said flood […]

Editorial – Happy Xmas enjoy it while the lights are still on…

Happy Christmas to all our readers and of course the whole ELN team. As I sit waiting for my lamb to roast away, oh yes untraditional I know but delicious all the same, I know the power to run my oven is guaranteed. Sadly many families in Cumbria won’t be having that certainty, in fact […]

Lancaster homes advised to use power ‘sparingly’

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Blackouts in USA as blizzard Juno hits

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Tap hydropower potential, World Bank tells Nepal

Nepal is being urged to tap its hydropower potential to solve the nation’s energy crisis. The World Bank said it is a “core task” for the country, which still faces power cuts of at least eight hours a day. It will also help in boosting public income through electricity trade with neighbouring India, it added. […]

Last push to restore power to 1,100 Scots

Engineers are on a final push to reconnect 1,100 customers in the Highlands and Western Isles still without power after treacherous storms this weekend. More than 120,000 homes have been hooked back to the grid by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and its sister firm SEPD. SSE, which owns the firms, says engineers battled […]

“Hurricane winds” plunge Scots into blackouts

Nearly 70,000 people are without power after intense storms and “hurricane winds” slammed Scotland. Power cuts were flagged up across the country by energy company Scottish Hydro which is owned by SSE. So far its network distribution arm has restored power to another 27,500 customers. But wind speeds of 113mph are “hampering” efforts of engineers […]

Energy firms fined £3.3m more for Christmas power cuts

Ofgem has ordered energy companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) to pay an additional £3.3 million for prolonged power cuts during the Christmas storms. The regulator’s investigation showed the firms could have reconnected customers faster last December when nearly one million homes were left without electricity. Around 16,000 customers had no power for more […]