Energy Secretary to review firms’ operations after Storm Arwen
Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has warned power firms that the Government will review their operations following continuing outages caused by Storm Arwen.
It comes as the Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that 3,190 homes were still waiting to be reconnected as of 2pm on Sunday. This was down from 4,025 homes on Sunday morning.
The majority of the impacted homes were in the north-east of England, the ENA added.
Mr Kwarteng visited the North East on Sunday to survey the damage done by the storm. During a visit to a Northern Powergrid call centre in Penshaw near Sunderland, Mr Kwarteng told the PA news agency: “I think we can make the system a lot more resilient.
“I had an experience on August 9 2019 when a million people in the South East were commuting and they had a power outage. Immediately after that we had a review and we looked at the system and we held the transport and train companies’ feet to the fire and we have got a more resilient system.
“That’s exactly what I want to happen this time. We will have a review, we will see if the distributor companies have enough infrastructure, we may even have enforcement action if necessary.”
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