Posts by Chris Owens

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9 August Blackout – E3C Final Report & Future Recommendations

10-point action plan included in the E3C final report into 9 August blackout emphasises need to improve UK’s power resilience.

Power Supply Pressures – 5 Biggest Threats To Our Electricity

The UK’s power supply system is built with resilience in mind. But as society becomes ever more reliant on electricity,...

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9 August Blackout – Energy Firms Fined £10.5 Million By Ofgem

Three energy companies will pay a combined £10.5 million for their role in the 9 August blackout that left more...

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South Africa Left In The Dark Over Ongoing Rolling Blackouts

South Africa energy crisis worsens as emergency load shedding cuts power to more than a third of the population.

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Lancaster Floods – The Lessons Of Living Without Electricity

What lessons can we learn from the Lancaster floods of 2015 and how one city coped with a mass blackout?

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General Election 2019: What Do The Manifestos Mean For The Electricity Network?

With the UK public getting set to cast their votes in the 2019 General Election, we take a look at...

Biggest Blackouts In History: Northeastern USA & Canada 1965

More than 30 million people across Northeastern USA and Canada in the dark for up to 13 hours following transmission...

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Cybersecurity Susceptibility In The Smart Grid Era

Does the trend towards a more distributed electricity network increase the threat of cyber-attacks?

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Energy Storage Pilot Provides Temporary Power During Blackouts

A fleet of electric vans backed with onboard energy storage systems is aiming to “revolutionise” temporary power restoration.

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Winter Is Coming… National Grid Winter Outlook 2019-20

National Grid confident there will be enough gas and electricity to meet winter demand even if the UK leaves the...