Aug 11, 2019

UK power cut: Andrea Leadsom launches government investigation

The government has launched an investigation into Friday's huge power cut which affected nearly one million people across England and Wales. Mrs Leadsom said the power outages "Caused enormous disruption", adding: "National Grid must urgently review and report to Ofgem." At the worst point of the power cut, about 500,000 people were affected in Western Power Distribution's area - including 44,500 customers in Wales - while 110,000 Northern Powergrid customers also lost power. In London and south-east England, 300,000 people were affected, UK Power Networks said, and another 26,000 customers were without power in north-west England. At Ipswich Hospital, a back-up generator which was supposed to supply power to outpatient areas did not work after the power cut, causing problems for 15 minutes before power was restored.

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