The networks in the UK are very resilient and built to withstand strong winds and heavy rain. However, during a storm other objects such as trees and airborne debris can pose a risk to infrastructure.
Network companies have been monitoring the weather system closely over the last few days and making preparations according to extensive emergency procedures. As well as year-round tree trimming programmes, they have taken additional steps such as arranging for extra emergency staff to be on standby and placing vehicles and resources in strategic locations to help if any repair work is needed.
Network companies invest millions of pounds to build a resilient electricity network capable of securing electricity supplies and sustaining the challenges faced by increased demand and adverse weather. They also carry out year-round tree trimming programmes to reduce the impact of trees and debris on the overhead line network.
You can take some simple steps to prepare for a power cut such as keeping a mobile phone fully charged, adding 105 to your contacts and bookmarking powercut105.com in your smartphone, keeping a torch handy in case you are without power during the night and having warm clothes and blankets accessible if you have a prolonged power cut. Network operators work with suppliers to maintain a Priority Services Register to help identify vulnerable customers who may need additional support during a power cut.
It is very important that if anyone sees a fallen power line they should keep everyone well away from it and call 105 to report it. Calling 105 will connect callers to their local network operator. This is also who you should call if you have a power cut. The 105 website also provides direct links and details of how to contact network operators online and via social media to get information and updates about a power cut.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate 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 Grid 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 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.