Power company ready for bad weather

By a County Press reporter

Saturday, December 14, 2013


AROUND £1.8 million is to be spent on improvements to the Isle of Wight’s electricity network to make sure it can cope with harsh winter conditions.

Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) has already installed circuit breakers to make it easier to restore power after cuts and a further 20 are due to be in place by the end of March.

A spokesman said: "Ryde depot has also taken delivery of a new all-terrain 4x4 vehicle so staff can reach difficult to access sites in bad weather.

"Engineers, based in Ryde are now putting plans into place to make sure if blizzards, storms or flooding hit the south and cause power cuts, electricity supplies will be restored as quickly and as safely as possible to homes and businesses."

"As winter approaches, SEPD is ramping up its contingency plans to make sure the lights stay on across the Isle of Wight if severe weather hits the local electricity network."

Customers affected by power cuts, or who spot potentially hazardous situations, during severe weather can contact a 24-hour emergency line on 08000 72 72 82.


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by Philip Yates

15th December 2013, at 17:55:54

That was the explanation i was given, then the lights in Freshwater started to turn off when they should have, now they seem to have reverted to being on all day again ?

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by Colin Russell

15th December 2013, at 12:07:06

I don,t understand Philip "Locally Controled" does it get darker in Ventnor say or Freshwater, why has everything thses days have to be confusing is there a fat controler stashed away some where a secret switch flicker, god help us

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by Philip Yates

15th December 2013, at 09:58:24

LED lights are on 24/7 for a given period, till they are linked in to the system. Supposed to be locally controlled via wireless.

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by Den Young

15th December 2013, at 08:20:03

don't hold your breath Colin they are on 24/7 most places, that ought to take care of some of the 1.8 million

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by Colin Russell

14th December 2013, at 20:36:01

We had the new LED lights put in our road this week and they have been on 24/7 so far, is there some one coming round some time soon to set the timers

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by Philip Yates

14th December 2013, at 19:28:02

£1.8million and an 4x4, or was it an expensive 4x4. If they did the right thing and buried the cables they could save the cost of the 4x4, then there would be no overhead cables to fail.

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by Don Prescott

14th December 2013, at 19:09:24

As Colin so rightly says, this is what they are supposed to do - maintain services and continuous supply. But they also tried to get a monopoly of island customers with the "ecoisland" incentive scheme, whereby SSE would knock £1 off s household monthly bill and pay Ecoisland £10 for every new customer they signed up.
So they are now trying to "woo" us by doing what they are paid to do. Brilliant.

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by Mike Crowe

14th December 2013, at 18:02:23

John, they are justifying the next rise in your bill

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by John James

14th December 2013, at 17:38:14

So they have taken delivery of a Land Rover I feel so reassured knowing that. I did always wonder why our bills went up every year this explains it. As for the lights staying on, I cant say I would notice now we have these new LED lights.

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by Mike Crowe

14th December 2013, at 17:15:45

but Colin, there ARE doing us a favour ... ;-)

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