Following early January’s storms and the resulting electricity black-outs, Alan Reid, MP for Argyll & Bute said,
“I am full of praise for the engineers from Scottish & Southern Energy who worked such long hours in very difficult conditions to restore power to the many affected communities. However, prevention is always better than cure and questions must be asked as to how the Argyll & Bute electricity supply network can be improved to make it much more robust against the storms which seem to be happening much more often these days. When Parliament returns I will be calling on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee to mount an inquiry into the state of Scotland’s electricity supply network and how it can be improved to reduce the problems caused by future severe storms.”
On 12th January Mr Reid’s calls were answered when it was announced that a Select Committee will be looking into:-
- ? The frequency and severity of weatherrelated power cuts in Scotland.
- ? The consequences of such power cuts to individuals, businesses and public sector services.
- ? The current condition and technological state of Scotland’s electricity transmission network.
- ? The advantages and disadvantages of using an alternative electricity transmission infrastructure, particularly regarding its vulnerability to weather-related damage.
- ? Was the response provided by the energy companies satisfactory? ?
- How the regulation of Transmission System Operators and Distribution Network Operators impacts upon investment in Scotland’s electricity transmission network.
The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on any, or all, aspects of the inquiry by 2 February 2012.
Submissions should be in Word format and sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The body of the email must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address and should not exceed 2,000 words.
Mr Reid said,
“I welcome this inquiry. I encourage people who were affected by the power black outs to give their views to the Committee before the closing date of 2nd February.”