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Preparing for Storm Bella

24 December 2020

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Storm Bella has officially been named by the Met Office as strong winds and heavy rain are forecast from 26 December.

There is currently no weather-related disruption to the energy networks, but network operators are preparing. 

You can take some simple steps to prepare for bad weather too:

  • Keep a mobile phone fully charged
  • If you experience a power cut, call 105 for free
  • Keep a torch handy in case you are without power during the night
  • Have warm clothes and blankets accessible
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours

You can follow the latest updates from the UK energy network companies on Twitter.

If you need extra help…

Network operators work with suppliers to maintain a free Priority Services Register to help identify vulnerable customers who may need additional support during a power cut.

If you see a dangerous situation…

It is very important that if you see a fallen power line you keep everyone well away from it and call the emergency number to report it. Calling the emergency number will connect you to your local network operator. This is also who you should call if you have a power cut.

How are the energy networks preparing?

The energy networks are very resilient and built to withstand severe weather and energy network operators are prepared in case the weather interrupts your electricity supply.

However, during a storm, objects like trees, branches and other debris can be blown around by the wind and cause damage. For example, if this debris lands on power lines or other infrastructure it can cause damage and result in power cuts.

Network operators are monitoring Storm Bella closely and are prepared. While they can’t predict the precise location or severity of any weather damage, network operators are taking steps like arranging for extra staff to be available and moving vehicles and equipment to strategic locations.

The companies which operate our country’s energy networks invest millions of pounds every year to keep your energy flowing while sustaining the challenges faced by increased demand and adverse weather.

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).

Press contacts for journalists

ENA Press Office

press@energynetworks.org