Monday, 20 January 2014

Energy grid firms set for a grilling from MPs

At a select committee hearing next week, the Energy and Climate Change Committee will question the firms that manage Britain’s energy distribution network, as well as executives from energy regulator Ofgem, over contingency planning, the response to the storms, customer communication and compensation.Committee chairman Tim Yeo said: “We will be questioning the distribution companies, asking them to explain why there were delays in restoring power to thousands of customers who were cut off over Christmas.”The chief executives of ScottishPower Energy Networks, UK Power Networks, Electricity North West and Western Power Distribution will be questioned, along with Scottish and Southern Energy’s managing director for networks.The interim chief executive of regulator Ofgem, Andrew White, will also appear before the committee.The electricity distribution ­network operators are working with the Government on a review into the impact of the storms.The Energy Networks Association ENA, which represents the grid operators, said that chief ­executive David Smith will speak at the hearing and that he will try to set the storms in context and convey the severity of the challenges industry engineers faced in trying to reconnect customers.“It was sustained and relentless weather over quite a long period, it wasn’t just one hit over one night but lasted the best part of two weeks,” an ENA spokesman said. He stated that storms and winds made it difficult for engineers to get households reconnected.

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Energy grid firms set for a grilling from MPs

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