1,700 homes hit by power cut

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, April 20, 2013

 

ALMOST 1,700 Newport homes were hit by a power cut this morning (Saturday).

Power was lost to properties in the Pan area, including Fairmount Drive and School Lane, at 6.15am.

According to a Southern Electric spokesman, power was restored to the vast majority of the affected homes by 7.20am.

As of 8.15am, only around 30 properties in the Burnt House Lane area remained without electricity.

The cause of the power cut is not yet known.

"Usually it's something obvious, like a cable or power line being brought down, but that's not the case here. Our priority is getting everone's power restored, then we will find the fault," said the spokesman.

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by T Rollingsworth

23rd April 2013, at 14:09:25

The system should be far from capacity, the current grid has up to 140MW coming from Cowes and another load available on demand from it's parent site in Fawley.

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by Valerie Ching

21st April 2013, at 07:23:09

Homes in warlands lane,fleetway,shalfleet village and nearby had apowercut on saturday morning april 6 from 3am to 11 30am and the following day from 6pm to 8 15pm. Rumoured due to damage to an overhead power line. As more renewable energy (solar arrays) goes into system and more homes are built maybe the system is reaching capacity. I remember frequent power cuts as a child in Surrey in 1940s and 50s - maybe we should expect to go back to the future soon.

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by Mike Attsmells

20th April 2013, at 18:53:00

Yay, let's all get excited about nothing!

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by Stephen Elliott

20th April 2013, at 17:53:21

Well if this was in America we would currently be blaming Muslims etc and whooping in the streets shouting U.S.A....U.S.A....U.S.A

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by T Rollingsworth

20th April 2013, at 16:17:35

Don, at a guess it could have been something like a substation fault, a bit of re-routing and doing the classic turn it off/on again to ensure everyone can have their morning brew whilst you figure out what caused the problem will get a loss less complaining customers?

Although, what is more likely (As I doubt they care about customers) is that to find the issue they would have to try bringing the grid back online? Maybe they just got lucky! I'd guess their "investigation" is basically keep attempting to "start" the grid whilst poking around at random points to determine if the power is on!!

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by Don Prescott

20th April 2013, at 14:57:56

Alex,

When you say "more than the professionals", is that tongue in cheek/

You DO know that SSE have just been fined £10 million by OFCOM (the highest amount ever) for deliberately MISSELLING their product, don't you?

Nothing "professional" about that is there? Or maybe you think there is.

Perhaps you work for SSE, or, even worse, are involved with Egoisland, whose supplier of choice IS............. SSE.

Its not exactly brain surgery Al.

To get something working which has broken down, you first of all have to find the fault.
Then you can fix the fault and it will work again.

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by Alex Kelly

20th April 2013, at 10:56:49

Well since you seem to know (yet again) more than the professionals Don I’m guessing you have already offered your services?

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by Don Prescott

20th April 2013, at 10:12:50

The spokesman for SSE said :

"Usually it's something obvious, like a cable or power line being brought down, but that's not the case here."

O.K., I'm with you so far.... then:
"Our priority is getting everone's power restored, then we will find the fault,"

Now heres where we part company.

To restore the power, wouldn't you have to find the fault FIRST??

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