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Storm Alex brings heavy rain and wind to the UK

02 October 2020

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."

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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