Power cut hits 1,000 households

By Richard Wright

Monday, December 31, 2012

 

HIGH WINDS have been blamed for power cuts that affected 1,000 households on the Isle of Wight today (Monday).

Strong winds brought down power cables affecting properties in the South Wight, although by 3pm just six remained without power, according to a Scottish and Southern Energy spokesman.

The spokesman said properties in the Appuldurcombe and Wroxall area lost electricity at noon, but power was restored to most throughout the afternoon, and it was hoped the remaining six households would have electricity back by 4pm.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by T Rollingsworth

2nd January 2013, at 13:45:19

Actually, I stand corrected. Cowes has a 182MW plant which is gas based

http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/97574/rwe-npower/about-us/our-businesses/power-generation/cowes/
Still not green however.

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by T Rollingsworth

2nd January 2013, at 13:43:44

Don, the infrastructure and utilities are two separate aspects of the business. It doesn't matter how many people switch over to SSE for their energy supply as your energy supplier doesn't have any say in the infrastructure, they are simply re-sellers of National Grid usage (They don't make as much as you think on this)
SSE are however in charge of the National Grid distribution for southern England, but I'd imagine they operate separately from their energy trading division. (I.e: I don't think they share profits - I could be wrong on this) They will be in charge of getting the same power to your property regardless of supplier.
Basically, no matter what supplier you go with, you don't affect the quality of infrastructure. The exact reason why you should always go for the cheapest supplier possible. On a side note, going for "green" suppliers is a joke, your supplier may source the energy responsibly (~5%), but I'd guess that on IoW, that it comes from Fawley Power Station

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by Don Prescott

1st January 2013, at 16:17:35

waving around in the air.

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by Don Prescott

1st January 2013, at 16:17:12

Alan,
essential services such as our utilities, Water, Gas, Electricity and telephone should be "bomb proof" when it comes to harsh weather conditions.

Unfortunately since these essential services were sold off, mainly to French, German and other foreign companies, maintenance of the infrastructure of those services has been and continues to be, ignored.

For example, there are as many as 7 or 8 natural wells/springs in Ventnor which, if the water emanating from these sources were harvested could supply the whole towns water supply.

Instead, that water is allowed to "run off" into the sea at various locations

Yet last week, we had, quite clearly a blocked main in or near Park Avenue resulting in 2 properties being flooded out.

These utility companies are only interested in the ~"bottom line", or PROFIT at all costs.

How many road works do you see where the utilities are diigging up the road?
Electric cables should be buried and not wavin

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by Alan Bennett

1st January 2013, at 12:13:09

I don't think it's fair to blame any power provider for cuts caused by high winds, where do you stop the blame culture?

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by Don Prescott

31st December 2012, at 16:23:49

What?

Another power cut?

It seems obvious that Scottish and Southern Electric cannot cope with harsh weather conditions, or at least their infrastructure can't.

What hope then is there for the huge number of "switchers" (those who move over to SSE) from other energy suppliers because of the incentives (roflmao) provided through the Community Energy Plan due to be rolled out in 2013 by Rayban Green and Egoisland?

Don't forget, if you sign up with SSE, you will get a rebate of £1 per month and Rayban will get £10 for recruiting you.

If SSE cannot cope now, what chance is there if Rayban converts MORE homeowners?

You KNOW it doesn't make sense, so don't do it!

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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