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Storm Alex brings heavy rain and wind to the UK

02 October 2020

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Storm Alex is bringing rain and wind to parts of the UK but there is currently no significant disruption to energy supplies.

Network companies have been monitoring the weather system closely to make sure that they are able to keep energy flowing.

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 invest billions of pounds building a resilient electricity network capable of securing electricity supplies and sustaining the challenges faced by increased demand and adverse weather. Year-round tree trimming programmes help reduce the impact storm debris can have on the overhead line network.

Ross Easton, Director of External Affairs at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK's electricity and gas network companies, said:

"There's no significant disruption from Storm Alex right now but we are monitoring the weather very closely. The energy networks are very resilient and we have well-practiced plans at the ready to manage bad weather."

Notes to editor

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