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Beast From The East factsheet (2019)

21 January 2019


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%.

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Beast from the East summary (2018)


About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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