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Money'Renewables not to blame for power cut'

17:05  14 august  2019
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Power cut probe to investigate whether electricity firms breached licences

Power cut probe to investigate whether electricity firms breached licences Ofgem has launched an investigation into whether National Grid and other electricity companies breached their licence conditions after a major power cut earlier this month. The regulator - which has the power to fine the firms up to 10% of UK turnover - said it would focus on whether the the Grid met its requirements to hold sufficient back-up power as well as how separate generation and distribution companies met their obligations. It announced the investigation at the same time as it published National Grid's interim report into the power failure on 9 August, which caused widespread disruption.

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Britain's power grid operator has ruled out renewables as the reason behind last week's power cut.

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The boss of National Grid told Sky News that there was "nothing to indicate there is anything to do with the fact that we're moving to more wind or more solar" power.

On Friday, nearly one million people were affected by an outage for up to an hour in London, the South East, swathes of the Midlands, and the North West. Newcastle Airport was plunged into darkness for about 15 minutes too.

John Pettigrew, chief executive of National Grid said: "At this point in investigation that doesn't seem to be anything about the technology. It is about the size of those two generators failing."

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A gas-fired plant at Little Barford in Bedfordshire and the Hornsea Offshore wind farm are believed to have been behind the outage.

He also hit out at critics that suggested there have been numerous 'near misses' in the past saying it was 'scaremongering'.

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He added: "I have been with the company for 28 years. Only once in that period we've had two generators of that size fail simultaneously."

The Government has said an emergency committee will investigate what caused the power cut and if correct procedures were followed, as well as whether improvements are needed in future.

The review will be in addition to an investigation by the energy regulator Ofgem as well as National Grid's own report that will be published later this week.

Upon the loss of the two large power generators, National Grid said that an automated trigger designed to protect the grid kicked in to reduce load by five percent.

However Mr Pettigrew questioned if whether the country's critical infrastructure, such as the railways, hospitals and airports should be the ones facing a loss of power in such a circumstance.

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UK power cut disrupts rail and road traffic in rush hour.
LONDON (AP) — A power cut disrupted train travel and snarled rush-hour traffic across large chunks of Britain, including London, on Friday afternoon. Power supplier National Grid said two generators failed at the same time around 5 p.m. (1600GMT) in an "unexpected and unusual event," but that the system was back to normal about 90 minutes later. It was unclear why the generators failed. Electricity companies across the country said hundreds of thousands of customers were affected by the cut, including London's King's Cross station, which is one of the main hubs for northbound trains.

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