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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 [...]

The most recent annual “Causes and Impacts of Data Centre Outages” report by the Uptime Institute gives a fascinating snapshot of the industry.  Key findings include: The frequency of data centre outages continues to be a source of concern for both customers and operators: Power issues remain the most common cause of disruption but constitute [...]

How Safe are Data Centres?

Yesterday morning, millions of websites were off-line as fire raged through a data centre in Strasbourg.  OVH is the fourth largest web-hosting provider in Europe (after AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud), and operates four data centres on the Strasbourg site.  One 500m2 data centre was destroyed and another was damaged in the blaze; the [...]

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”.  [...]

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 [...]

BA in the News Again (Twice)

Last week attention was drawn once again to BA’s major IT outage back in May, which left tens of thousands of passengers stranded; when their owner, IAG, announced its half-year results.  There were various predictions of the cost of the disruption around the £100m mark at the time of the incident, but IAG announced that [...]

The Register has been reporting the outage at a major London data centre.  The Telecity outage has impacted a range of VoIP firms’ services, Amazon and its Direct Connect service.  The Register reports that ‘both primary and backup power supplies went down, potentially affecting thousands of customers’, this despite Telecity claiming to provide ‘Infrastructure you [...]

BCAW 2015 continues apace, and those of you who subscribe to our newsletter should have received the latest edition today. You may recall that we blogged last year about the dwindling gap between electricity demand and generating capacity following a major fire at Didcot B power station and other unplanned outages.  Now it would appear [...]

As has been widely reported, a major fire broke out at Didcot B power station last night.  Fortunately nobody was hurt in the blaze, but the incident has resulted in the loss of another 700 MW of generating capacity from the national grid for an unknown period.  Coming after the fires at Ironbridge and Ferrybridge power stations [...]

Rain, wind and snow

Whilst the UK has been battered with wind and rain over the last couple of weeks, with some coastal areas suffering substantial damage and both inland and coastal areas experiencing flooding, over in the US, there have been freezing conditions, with temperatures plummeting down below -50 (including wind chill). Both situations have highlighted the difficulties [...]