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Committee publishes proposals for increasing UK energy supply resilience

A Government-backed report into the blackouts in August that affected over 1 million customers in the UK has been published and recommends various measures to make Britain's power network more resilient, including providing more support for business continuity planning.

The report, prepared by the Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C), proposes:

  • Assessing the need for improvements to the governance, monitoring and enforcement processes for large and smaller generators;
  • Reviewing the pros and cons of requiring National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to hold additional back-up generation;
  • Supporting essential services owners and operators to put in place more robust business continuity plans;
  • Rolling out new communications processes to ensure that regular updates are communicated during any future disruptions.

Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the action plan from the report will be implemented in full.

Read the report.

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