Aug 11, 2019

Pressure mounts on National Grid after UK blackout

For National Grid, the joke was a reminder that the worst blackout since 2003 came as it faces uncomfortable questions about its monopoly in running a fast-changing electricity system that is moving towards cleaner-burning fuels. She asked how "a relatively modest drop in power supply triggered such a major outage", adding: "The billions National Grid pay out in dividends would be better spent reinforcing our vital national infrastructure." An energy analyst, requesting anonymity, said National Grid would rapidly try to work out the chain of events that led to a "Very big failure to the system", including the greater role of renewable power. A quiet blame game is under way between National Grid and the regional distribution network operators. One employee at a DNO said they were "Vexed in the extreme" over how National Grid handled the situation, complaining of a lack of communication as the blackout hit.

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