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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 editors

About Energy Networks Association

We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.

Learn more about how the energy networks operate and who we represent.

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