Report maps out 10-point plan to improve UK energy supply resilience

The Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C) has made 10 recommendations to avoid a repeat of the August 2019 blackout which left over 1mn people without power.

On 3 January, it published its final report into the incident on 9 August, noting five areas had emerged over the course of its review which presented the greatest opportunity for further improvements. These five areas – loss of generation; reserve and response; low frequency demand disconnection; impact on essential services; and communications channels – are where future efforts will be focussed, E3C noted.

The report made 10 recommended actions from these five areas, including disseminating the lessons learnt to the wide generation community; reviewing and improving compliance testing and modelling processes for new and modified generation connections; and a review of the timescales for the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme, along with consideration of widening its scope.

It also recommended reviewing embedded generators’ understanding of, and compliance to, the Distribution Code, as well as assessing whether the current governance, monitoring and enforcement processes are fit for purpose. 

Next steps will see the E3C take the actions set out within its report, alongside Ofgem’s findings from its own independent investigation, to develop a comprehensive work plan for the E3C Task Groups to drive forward. It will coordinate input from government, the regulator and industry to ensure well evidenced, timely and proportionate action is taken to both prevent and manage future power disruption events. It added that it will report progress to BEIS and Ofgem on a quarterly basis, with the first report due by the end of March 2020.