England lagging well behind Scotland on electricity reconnections

A Scottish and Southern Energy engineer provides a generator

According to BBC Scotland, 1 hour ago:

The final few homes in Scotland left without power after Storm Arwen are being reconnected to the power grid.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said that as of 22:00 on Saturday about 30 homes were still without power.

The firm said poor weather on Saturday prevented them reconnecting the homes but work would continue overnight.


According to BBC Tyne & Wear, 9 minutes ago:

Power cuts from Storm Arwen that have lasted more than a week are “completely unacceptable”, a minister said.

As of 23:00 GMT on Saturday, some 3,900 homes in North East England remained without power after winds of 98mph tore down lines causing cuts on 26 November.

On a visit to St John’s Chapel in County Durham, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the performance of power firms would be reviewed.


Perhaps Scottish regiments should called in top help them?


14 thoughts on “England lagging well behind Scotland on electricity reconnections

  1. By way of perspective, having viewed previous articles on NE and Cumbria, it is obvious #10 is now in arse-covering mode –
    Rather than the local report, the lead article is the exact same on both as well as the main England page, the Kwasi Kwarteng “spin” about “performance”, a serious version of Father Ted’s “down with this sort of thing”.

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  2. “Power cuts to Scotland and the North east”.
    “The North East of England and Scotland have suffered power outages”!
    “Thousands still cut off in the North of Britain”.
    Then they managed to look a map and see the “north east of Scotland—then Aberdeenshire (or Abba din sheer).
    Last few houses, then the story with “Scotland” in it will be dropped.

    Scotland pays Europe’s highest electricity connection charges.
    Some of that money should be spent on burying cables, to provide resilience, in remote and difficult to access areas…………it wont be.

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    1. What is required for areas which are remote from centres of population with good transport links is more locally generated small scale energy sources, with no grid connection charges so that in times of substantial outages there are sources of heating and lighting sufficient to provide a degree of safety and comfort until supply is restored. There also needs to be an emergency support service funded centrally but run by councils and local groups. Local groups self organised pretty quickly to help their communities. People are pretty resourceful and resilient, but that is not the paradigm the meejavolk master race recognise.

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      1. Alasdair
        With the ever increasing consequential amplication effects of global warming
        And in this case electricity infrastructure
        Which will be subject to not only ever increasing frequency of events but also of ferocity
        Its high time that forward planning for such is implemented soon
        And as always Planners and politicians
        Rarely do but most certainly should do is
        ” Trust the People “

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    2. You are right – burying local cables would make a huge difference – stress can’t break an underground cable, nor wind snap wooden power poles. Maybe need to widen powerline rides through plantation forest – plenty of the plantations were destroyed and the fallen trees took down lines and poles in multiple places = horrendously difficult to repair.

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    3. Apologies for the lengthy response – I fully understand the preference and logic of burying cables, but that only offers protection to the cables at horrendous cost and leaves them prone to flood damage rather than ice accumulation which is the bane of the current arrangement – The vast overhead network which currently exists was cheaper at the time, and whether or not you agree that remains the case today.

      However visually intrusive pylons and overheads are, an upcoming problem can be located by helicopter previously or more recently by drone, quick and effective, once it is below ground all bets are off.

      Scotland’s recent power ills are not due to ice or winds or flood but the business model which prevails, where can we make savings for profit?
      Trees rarely are uprooted and flung into a power line, but they are prone to being blown over and hit them if not maintained to avoid potential impact, it is not trees which were the problem but perceptions of business risk.
      An analogy is forest fire breaks, if you don’t maintain them the risk escalates.

      I fully agree grid connection charges are ludicrously weighted to favour the south east of England deliberately, even London knew this would change hence the Scandinavian interconnector no longer goes to Peterhead.
      1 subsea connector installed on the west coast to North Wales and 2 new connectors on the eastern seaboard being laid as fast as they can, do you get the impression Scotland is replete in energy production, and England are burning it without a care in the world ?

      Let us focus on independence first and foremost, then London are no longer in charge of the on/off switch.
      The overheads we can deal if we desire, but restoring power distribution to trusted hands not bound to shareholders but consumers, is I suggest the greater imperative.

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      1. As referred to above for me, it is the lack of effective maintenance of the areas around the lines (wayleave?) that is my bugbear. My family and I have just endured, courtesy of storm Arwen and SPEN, a 64 hour power outage due to tree falling AWAY from the power line but being just big enough to catch it and bring it down.
        On average we get 2 outages a year that last more than 5 minutes and many, many more transitory ones that last just long enough for me to have to reset the clock on the microwave! I have only seen SPEN doing any work on the wayleaves once in the 12+ years that I have lived here.
        To add injury to the whole episode, our insurance provider LV=, while settling our claim for 3 freezers worth of food without fuss has increased my renewal quote from £400 to £554 😦
        The saving grace, the wonderful community spirit where we all look out for each other

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      2. If they’d shown evidence of planning anything else, I might almost think they were expecting us to leave them.

        It’d provide some sort of explanation (apart from the obvious) for openly ceasing to fund Scottish projects like the CCS, renewables etc.

        Except, such evidence is so thin on the ground as to be transparent. So maybe not…


  3. Its OK.
    Xmas in Geordie-land is to be saved.
    Boris will send help, tout suite, up HS2, through Leeds, and on up to Newcastle.

    Oh, wait……………………………………………!

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  4. gavinochiltree
    Ah but and as far as The Tories are concerned
    Time is infinite and as far as they concerned their is plenty still to come
    All along as the English keep voting for them along with the might of All the MSM ensuring such is very much the case
    One of the most important reasons to
    As John Wayne would say
    ” Lets get the hell out of Here ”
    Their is NO jam coming tomorrow
    Only Faecal matters remain to dish out

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  5. More often than not these days I seriously question the mindset of some English people. In the aftermath of the storm the BBC were keen to show once again the true intrepid Dunkirk spirit interviewing the Pub owner and punters about their ‘enforced’ stay in a pub due to the adverse weather. I ask you with forecasts of severe weather what sensible sane minded persons would visit/travel to a pub in one of the remotest and exposed areas in England. It beggars belief.

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    1. Well. How about…

      If you’re going to be in a remote area in bad weather with the prospect of no power, head to the pub before it starts?

      Company, warmth and drinks/snacks?


  6. On another energy matter, namely the future for the Cambo discovery west of Shetland.

    I’ve just noted a comment in a BBC News web site article from a couple of days ago entitled: ‘Cambo: Jobs warning as Shell pulls out of oil field development’. On Cambo, the BBC tells readers:

    ‘So, the real question Shell’s decision raises is whether the UK government is willing to put its net-zero ambitions ahead of THE HUGE TAX REVENUES the project could deliver and deny a licence to develop the oilfield.’ (my emphasis)

    What’s this? HUGE TAX REVENUES coming from the exploitation of a natural resource in Scottish waters? Have we ever heard the BBC acknowledge such a thing before? Well perhaps not since say 2013! Are the Corporation’s journalists getting careless?

    (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-59517776 )

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