Statement following Select Committee on storms

For immediate release - Tuesday 21 January 2014

Commenting on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee session on the impact of storms today (Tuesday), David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:

"The networks welcomed the opportunity to speak to the Committee this morning and recognise the difficulties facing customers dealing with power outages. We are working with Ofgem and DECC through their reviews of the impact of sever weather to see what lessons can be learned."

The severe weather over the Christmas period caused some of the most significant damage to energy infrastructure in decades. The Met Office have rated it as one of the top 10 storms with sustained winds in excess of 60mph and gusts from 70-80mph with peaks seen over 100mph. The sustained and relentless weather combined with significant rainfall hampered engineers efforts. Around 750,000 customers lost supply with 93-95% of them being reconnected within 24hours.

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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