SNP MP for Gordon Constituency Richard Thomson has welcomed the announcement from Ofgem that they are to conduct a review into the electricity networks’ response to Storm Arwen.
The review aims to establish what happened and set out clear lessons learnt for improvement, with a focus on: compliance with statutory and licence obligations; whether companies fell short of their customers’ expectations; and regulatory issues such as price control funding. It will draw out good and bad performance, so practice can be improved and issues addressed quickly.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I think everyone recognises the herculean efforts of the power workers who were tasked to restore power and fix the huge amount of damage done to the electricity network over the past couple of weeks.
“In welcoming this review, that absolutely implies no criticism of the workers on the ground. It is right that Ofgem review the arrangements the power network companies have in place for such events and how they respond operationally.
“It has been many years since we have had an event where quite so many people were left without power for such a long period of time. As technology has advanced, power outages have lessened in their severity over the years, until now.
“I look forward to studying the finding of Ofgem’s review, and trust these will be used to inform any changes recommended not only in the response to such events in future, but also to see how the effects of such events can be minimised.”