Energy firms to pay £10.5m over August power cut

January 3, 2020 by No Comments


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All services in and out of King’s Cross station were suspended after the blackout

Three energy firms are to pay a total of £10.5m following August’s power cut that left over a million people without electricity and hit rail services.

RWE Generation, which runs Little Barford Power Station, and Orstea, which runs Hornsea offshore wind farm, will each pay £4.5m to the UK energy watchdog’s redress fund.

Distributor company UK Power Networks has agreed to pay £1.5m.

The payments have come alongside recommendations to prevent a repeat.

Energy watchdog Ofgem launched its investigation in August.

More than a million people lost power during the National Grid outage in August, which affected homes, businesses and transport.

The lights went out just before 17:00 BST on Friday 9 August, causing blackouts across the Midlands, the South East, South West, North West and North East of England, and Wales.

While the power cut lasted for less than an hour, problems on the rail network carried on over the weekend.

In the days immediately after the power cut National Grid promised it would “learn the lessons” of the incident, although it said its systems were not to blame.