Power Failures: Disclosure of Information

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will require companies generating electricity to provide details of their customers to power distribution companies to assist in emergency re-connections following disruptions by natural events such as the recent storms.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, my right hon. Friend Mr Davey, my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under secretary of State and I met the Distribution Network Operators, Energy Networks Association, Ofgem and Energy Emergencies Executive Committee on Wednesday 8 January to discuss the recent disruptions to electricity supply as a result of severe weather. At that meeting the Secretary of State commissioned a review of the response. The review will focus on communications with household energy customers, necessary resources to be able to cope with widespread disruption, and the compensation process: that will include the issue of sharing customer data. There was also agreement to investigate as quickly as possible the setting up of an emergency telephone number which households can call if they experience a power cut. This review will report back to the Secretary of State within two months.

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