More than eight days of power outage following a snowstorm is “totally unacceptable”, UK Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said on Sunday. Meanwhile, meteorologists forecast another snowstorm next week.
According to the organization of energy suppliers EAW, on Sunday morning 4,025 households in the north of England and Scotland were still without electricity, while on Saturday the figure was 4,700. On Sunday evening it will be nine full days after the Arwen snowstorm, which resulted in broken power poles and broken power lines. Its effects affected approximately one million households, although up to 99.5 percent. of them, the electricity supply has already been restored.
Northern Powergrid, a company that manages the power grids in the North East of England, said it hopes to restore power supplies to all consumers by Tuesday.
Minister Kwarteng traveled to the North East of England to assess in situ why repairs are taking so long in some areas. “I completely agree that this is completely unacceptable. It is inappropriate that people are left without electricity for such a long period. It shouldn’t be that 4,000 people are without electricity for such a long time in this day and age,” he said.
He added that an investigation would be conducted and that if it turned out that energy companies did not invest in infrastructure, penalties could be imposed on them.
Meanwhile, the Met Office’s meteorological office warned on Sunday that another snowstorm was coming over the UK – Barra, and it would also pass through those areas that were hit last. Heavy snowfall, heavy rains and strong winds are announced from Monday, with Barry’s main impact expected on Tuesday.
From London, Bartłomiej Niedziński