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Beast From The East factsheet (2019)

21 January 2019

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On 1 March 2018, during the Beast from the East, temperatures plummeted nationwide compared with the preceding week. The gas pipes that stretch right across the country – from John O’Groats to Land’s End – rose to the challenge, keeping homes warm, lights on and Britian’s businesses running.

To supply heat and power for homes and small businesses alone, national demand for gas increased by 55% (1220 GWh). Despite this exceptional level of demand, the reliability of the gas network remained at 99.9%.

About Energy Networks Association

We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.

Learn more about how the energy networks operate and who we represent.

Press contacts

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
press[email protected]


Beast from the East summary (2018)