Statement following meeting with Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

For immediate release – Wednesday 8 January 2013

Energy Networks Association (ENA) and its electricity distribution network members today (Wednesday) met with Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to discuss the impact of the severe weather over the Christmas period.

As part of the Government’s review into the impact of the weather, the network operators were asked to come to discuss the preparations, impact and how they dealt with the damage caused. Speaking after the meeting, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“The networks constantly review the resilience of infrastructure and there are robust plans in place to deal with the damage caused by extreme weather. There is always a thorough assessment after situations such as the one seen over Christmas to look at improving the service to customers.

“As part of a the Government’s review into the impact of the storm the networks will be providing information about preparedness, the challenges faced and what lessons can be learnt.”

The weather caused some of the most substantial damage to the network in decades and around 750,000 lost power with some areas of the network experiencing as many faults in 5 days as would normally be seen in two months. 90% of those affected were reconnected within 24 hours and almost all within 48 hours.

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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