Posts by Chris Owens

trees fallen in the road as a result of the Great Storm of 1987

Biggest Blackouts In History: The Great Storm Of 1987

October 1987 saw the biggest storm to hit southern parts of the UK in almost 300 years kill 18 people,...

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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...

landscape of New York City during the Northeastern USA & Canada Blackout of August 2003

Biggest Blackouts In History: Northeastern USA & Canada 2003

The Northeastern Blackout of August 2003 left 55 million people across eight states and parts of Canada without electricity.

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What Is The Low Frequency Demand Disconnection (LFDD) Scheme?

We take a look at the crucial automatic defence mechanism designed to save the electricity system from complete collapse and...

electrical substation

9 August Blackout – E3C Interim Report

A major investigation into the 9 August blackout questions whether National Grid’s contingency plans for such a significant loss of...

panorama of Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Tourists In The Dark After Tenerife Blackout

Reported substation explosion leaves one million people on the Spanish holiday island Tenerife without electricity for nine hours.

power transmission line knocked down as a result of tornados which caused the South Australia blackout of September 2016

Biggest Blackouts In History: South Australia 2016

A “once in 50 years” storm proves the catalyst for a complete failure of the grid in South Australia leaving...

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Central America Blackout Hits Four Countries

A power line failure left thousands of people across four Central America countries without electricity.


9 August Blackout – National Grid’s Full Technical Report & Recommendations

National Grid’s final technical report into August’s blackout calls for review into whether the network has enough backup power to...

battery storage

The Role Of Battery Storage During The 9 August Blackout

Nearly 500 MW of battery storage helped minimise the disruption during August’s power outage.