Inquiry into blackout that hit 1m customers
BRITAIN’S electricity industry is to be investigated by watchdogs after a power cut caused travel chaos across large parts of the country and left a million customers in darkness.
It comes after two National Grid generators spectacularly failed following a lightning strike on August 9, cutting power to homes, hospitals and traffic lights. The railways were also disrupted.
The scale of power loss at Hornsea off- shore wind farm, off Yorkshire, and Little Barford gas power station, Bedfordshire, was enough to activate a trip switch.
It disconnected some customers from the network, the National Grid said. Ofgem said it would be “looking at whether the companies made the right decisions both in the numbers of customers disconnected and whether those customers disconnected were the right ones”.
The regulator is also investigating why there was such “significant” disruption for rail passengers “given that the electricity supply to rails and overhead lines stayed on”.
Jonathan Brearley, from Ofgem, said: “It’s important the industry takes all possible steps to prevent this happening again.”
Travellers shut out of King’s Cross in the outage