Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered at on 16 May 2024.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on preparations for a potential heatwave in summer 2024.

Photo of Andrew Bowie Andrew Bowie Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

The Department works closely with a variety of stakeholders to ensure cross-sector preparedness in advance of potential risks that may manifest. From a seasonal preparedness perspective as we approach summer 2024, we are confident that, due to the diverse nature of the electricity system and the highly resilient equipment that is used throughout, the risks associated with extreme heat are low and it is unlikely that customers will be impacted. In the highly unlikely circumstance that the risks associated with extreme heat materialise, the most likely impact would be localised electricity disruption, for which electricity network operators have robust plans in place to mitigate.

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