Ofgem fast tracks blackout protections for critical sites

Ofgem has granted urgent status to a proposal to protect critical sites such as hospitals, airports and railways from being disconnected during emergency load shedding to prevent a wider shutdown of the power grid. The issue was previously highlighted by the Energy Emergencies Executive Committee in its report into the blackout in August 2019, which caused widespread disruption to rail services around London as commuters made their way home during the Friday evening rush hour.

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