UK Electricity Supplies hit by Perfect Storm

Electricity prices in the UK were already increasing because of a combination of the rising cost of fossil fuels, outages of nuclear power plants and an unseasonable shortage of wind.  However, the sudden shock of a fire at a National Grid site in Ashford, Kent shutting down a 2GW interconnection with France sent prices rocketing […]

Interesting Insights on Probability and Likelihood from National Grid

My attention was captured yesterday by an interview on the Radio 4 Today Programme with the CEO of National Grid.  In the course of explaining the background to the widespread power outages last Friday, he first described the almost simultaneous loss of two producers of this scale as “rare, unique” and later as “pretty unique”.  […]

Power Cut at Manchester Airport

Hundreds of passengers faced delays and disruption on Tuesday evening when Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport lost power.  Power was restored within a few hours but, whilst the power cut lasted, passengers could not check in and planes could not be unloaded.  Luckily, due to the time of day, it was possible to divert some […]

More Information Emerging about Delta IT Outage

Thousands of air passengers around the world were left stranded last Monday after a power cut in Atlanta caused Delta to suspend flights across the US, Japan, Italy and the UK.  Flights resumed six hours later but more than 740 flights had been cancelled and delays persisted as the backlog of passengers was cleared.  Had it […]

Flooding highlights benefits of Business Continuity

Residents of flood-hit areas of Cumbria and Scotland have started their clear-up, whilst Lancaster is still without power, and Lancaster University had brought forward the end of term.  Some 42,ooo homes are still without power, and many businesses are without power and/or have been flooded, including the McVities factory in Carlisle, last flooded in 2005. […]