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Problems associated with power and flooding

27 Nov 2017

Regardless of the application, commercial, industrial, medical or domestic the fact that we have a seamlessly limitless supply of electricity is often taken for granted. The UK’s power supply rarely hits the headlines, unless it is about the increasing cost of gas, or oil or perhaps the switching on of a new renewable source of electricity. Often we are informed about development of additional Nuclear installations to help quench the UK’s thirst for electricity.

We do not have to go may decades back to the 70’s when the UK was confronted by the threat of sporadic blackouts as the country struggled with coal (one way or the other), oil prices were embargoed by OPEC and our general post industrial stance as a country and national development outstripped supply. The national grid it would seem, is a fulcrum between supply and demand. That balance is a wonderful conundrum of gauging when the nation is going to put the kettle on after its favourite TV soap, what the rush hour surge in demand is likely to be, to how much additional electricity is needed to be expensively imported from the continent via the HDVC (High Voltage Direct Current) Cross Channel connectors?

All very well if the National Grid is full functional, but what happens if there is an interruption to the supply caused by adverse weather?

It is widely reported that climate is putting more and more homes and businesses in the UK at risk of flood. According to the Environment Agency 5.2 million properties in England are at risk of flooding. A further 2.8 million properties are at risk of surface water flooding. The risk to property and industrial output by flooding is ever present.

There are many resources to assist with the threat of flood, the first is to understand if your local area is at risk. The government provides detailed and an up to date flood map for you to search against here It is always good to check similar services such as the Flood Warnings for England website which details flood warnings for a specific location.

Contingency Power

Having a plan when there is a flood, should be built into your contingency plans. Every day a factory suffers from lack of output due to a power outage adds to the cost of the event. Replacing that moment time with additional output or invariably is impossible and can only add cost to other aspects of the business. The better solution is to prepare for when there is a power cut or interruption to output caused by freak weather. Limiting your output downtime will save money moving forward.

TopGeneratorHire can assist with your power needs, from the specification, delivery, servicing and fuelling to when your generator(s) need off hiring. Speak to one of our friendly specialists and let us help develop your contingency power plan.

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