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Storm Arwen’s impact on power network ‘unprecedented’ - Matheson

By District Energy posted 11-30-2021 16:49


Energy Secretary Michael Matheson has stated that the impact of Storm Arwen on the power network has been “unprecedented”.

He said the number of faults across the network was around three times higher than in the 'Beast from the East' storm in 2018.

Storm Arwen knocked out electricity supplies to thousands of homes over the weekend, with at least 17,000 homes enduring a fourth night without power on Monday.

Matheson said in the wake of major events utility companies would be expected to minimise any future power losses.

He said: “I think we have to reflect on the fact that the level of faults and difficulties which have been experienced across the network is unprecedented.

“At one point we had over 500 faults in the system.”

The minister said district energy systems, where heating is provided to a number of properties in an area, would provide greater resilience.

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