IT and data centre professionals express concern about future threats to UK power supplies

Published: Friday, 03 April 2015 14:19

The results of Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited’s (UPS) latest industry survey shows that IT and data centre professionals see UK power supply continuity as an increasing concern.

The 2014 edition of UPS’s annual opinion poll, which questioned 2000 IT and data centre professionals across the UK, revealed that spare capacity within the UK electricity network was a topic those questioned felt strongly about, with 74.64 per cent of respondents claiming that the reliability of power in the UK is going to become a major concern within the next ten years. This is a slight increase from the previous survey, where 71.93 per cent chose ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ to the same question.

This reflects the latest Winter Outlook report published by the National Grid which reported that the capacity margin for UK electricity has fallen to 4.1 percent. In 2010 the figure was closer to 15 percent.