Undoubtedly you will be aware that Friday the ninth of August saw widespread blackouts across the UK caused by two almost simultaneous outages at the Hornsea offshore wind farm and the Little Barford gas power plant.
The National Grid described the event as a “rare and unusual event” and that they wish to “understand the lessons learned”, industry experts insist ‘near-misses’ are on the rise and warn that the operator has known about the issue for years.
While much has been reported on the impact on homes and railway networks, little has been made of the blackout’s not inconsiderable effect on businesses. All sectors are reportedly affected by the power outage, with cost implications ranging from loss of revenue due to manufacturing downtime, to the requirement of specialist personnel needed to reboot systems.
The government has requested an inquiry to run separately to the report being put together by Ofgem.
Such outages can be caused by a myriad of factors; cyber-attacks, weather, system failures and human error. The impact on the economy is still to be estimated, but businesses are already being proactive in taking preventative measures, e.g. diversifying sources of channels of power.
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