Posts by Chris Owens

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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...

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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.

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Powerful Lessons To Learn From Data Centres?

What can other businesses learn from the data centre industry’s approach to power continuity?

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9 August Blackout – National Grid’s Interim Report Into What Actually Happened

National Grid ESO publishes its interim report into last week’s major power failure.

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Jakarta Blackout Blamed On Transmission Line Failure

More than 20 million people in and around Jakarta left without power for several hours.

solar storm of the kind that caused the Quebec 1989 blackout

Biggest Blackouts In History: Québec 1989 Solar Storm

Huge solar storm sends the Québec power grid offline in 90 seconds, leaving nine million residents without electricity for up...