Resilience Specialists

"You can't predict the future, but you can plan for it"

Saji Ijiyemi

Good Resilience systems need careful thought and planning... if you're the sort that prefers to panic, then better buy spare batteries for your torch.

The Last Big Blackout: 40 years ago the lights really did go off

The Government announced a new set of emergency measures including a 50mph speed limit on all roads, a heating limit of 63F (17C) in office and commercial premises and a reduction in street lighting.

Britons had to get used to living under candlelight as power cuts became the norm. 

If you remember the "Power Cuts" of the early 70's then you may recall being sat around a candle. Your Dad complaining the pub was shut, your Mum complaining Dad was home because his works was closed for a day and you complaining that despite the crisis the Schools were still open.

Below are a few quotes from the Power Industry and Government Advisors regarding where we are now 40 years on. 

While the UK’s energy system is relatively resilient to energy security challenges, it faces ongoing risks from severe weather, terrorist attacks, technical failure and industrial action. These risks can be mitigated but it is impossible to avoid them entirely.  

The UK consists of over 7200km of electrical infrastructure. This system in the coming years will face challenges such as changes to demand & capacity, changes to the generation mix and climate change challenges

THE UK’s energy network is “99.9% resilient”, and so power shortages in the country are unlikely to be widespread. But Stephen Adams, a partner at Global Counsel, said even these rare events would still cause massive disruption to a country like the UK because of the level of “interconnectivities”.

Energy systems are so interconnected with other systems, such as transport, water, communication, healthcare and banking, that the loss of power for any length of time would cause widespread damage...

The complexity of such interconnected systems and their reliance on the power network is a concern for many. “Systems are so complex – technical, political, financial, social – that we don’t have the computing power to anticipate what shocks are going to happen, where and how,” said Mark Workman, an executive analyst from Energy Research Partnership. Such uncertainty means it’s hard to make our energy systems more resilient.

The effects of any sustained power cuts in the UK in 2016 would be nothing short of catastrophic. WE ARE TOTALLY DEPENDANT ON ELECTRICAL POWER every minute of our lives, every action we take relies on Electricity ...you don’t think so ...then just imagine now for a second ...the power goes off and you have no idea when its coming back on... your phone will lose its charge your computers and everyone else’s don’t work, there is no communication there is no light no refrigeration... some of the more scary predictions are after 4 days of no power... chaos... anything over a week and its back to the Stone Age!!

It is the infrastructures and systems that we rely on and take for granted that provide us all with our comfortable modern lives ...in an increasingly turbulent world it makes sense to protect ourselves by making sure our power supply systems have adequate RESILIENCE to the possibility of power failures.

Wardpower can undertake a 'Resilience Power Survey' of your site and advise on the most cost effective and reliable method of protection, some of our existing clients maximise their site Resilience by supporting their key installations with 'belt and braces' emergency systems that is a standby Generating Set with a further Generating Set as standby to the standby... Plan now, while the lights are still on.