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Nobody Likes Power Cuts
Energy cuts have been an increasing problem for the UK and the rest of the world with the push from fossil fuels to renewable energy now more of a focus than ever. The UK is estimated to have little reserves left, with around 5.2 years worth of oil reserves, 4.5 years of coal reserves and only 3 years worth of gas reserves left.
This push has seen the reduction in the use of coal and other fossil fuels and thus has increased the fear of future power cuts. Fossil fuels in the UK are running at an all time low and are slowly being faded out by renewable energy sources. With renewable energy sources readily available all over the UK, it’s hard to see why we wouldn’t make the switch.
The UK is already the leading power in offshore wind since October 2008, with as much capacity already installed as the rest of the world combined. Technologies are ever advancing and costs for this type of energy are coming down, making renewable energy a truly commercial option. As the industry matures, the UK will be well placed to meet its target of 30% renewable energy by 2020 and hopefully in the years afterwards we will see this percentage increase even more.
This will reduce the effects we have on the environment and climate change and set an example for the rest of the world to follow. This will develop a long-term domestic energy security, which is important as our sources of fossil fuels run out; we are often too reliant on importing expensive fossil fuels from abroad. In the long-run, the UK will not only be able to stop importing fuel, but will now be able to start exporting ‘home-grown’ energy to countries with a limited natural supply.
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PULL THE PLUG ON POWER CUTS
Nobody likes power cuts, especially when it tends to ruin important events and occasions in our lives. But with the increasing population and the subsequent dependence on electrical equipments, power cuts – both planned and unplanned – are becoming more common by the day.
WHAT IS IT?
Power cuts (outages/failures/blackouts) are short or long-term loss of electric power to an area. Power Outages can happen due to many reasons:
- Natural disasters
- Over-consumption of electricity
- Faults at power stations
- Damage in the distribution system
- Short Circuit
FROM WHERE IS ELECTRICITY PRODUCED?
A total of 75.94 TWh of electricity was produced across UK in the last quarter of 2015. Let’s look at the breakdown of component percentages.
- 18% 13.42 TWh Renewable
- 17% 13.00 TWh Coal
- 8% 6.45 TWh Others
- 35% 26.51 TWh gas
- 22% 16.56 TWh Nuclear
Since 2002, the UK has seen a
- 31% decrease in power cuts, and
- 34% decrease in power cut duration
But, at the current increasing rate of consumption, how much will be left?
- 5.2 years worth of UK oil reserves
- 3 years worth of gas reserves
- 4.5 years worth of coal reserves
For this, the region faces frequent power failures – both planned and unplanned, which hampers daily activities and planned events. This is not just in the UK, but around the world. Let’s look at the 10 most recent power outages.
- 21 million 13th Mar, 2016 Sri Lanka
- 140 million 26th Jan, 2015 Pakistan
- 70 million 31st Mar, 2015 Turkey
- 150 million 1st Nov, 2014 Bangladesh
- 620 million 30th, 31st Jul 2012 India
- 87 million 10th, 11th Nov, 2009 Brazil, Paraguay
- 55 million 28th Sep, 2003 Italy, Switzerland
- 55 million 31st Mar, 2015, United States, Canada
- 230 million 2nd Jan, 2011 India
- 97 million 11th Mar, 1999 Southern Brazil
THE MOST AFFECTED LOT
- Important pre-planned events
- Sewage treatment Plants
- Manufacturing Industries
- Entertainment Venues
- Safety and Security in general
- Military Operations
- Financial Corporations
- Data Centres
HOW TO COMBAT POWER OUTAGES
- Keep battery powered radio lights within your reach
- Have a back up ready for heating food and water
- Have a single low-power light source on somewhere so that you get to know when the power returns
- Store the more stable foods away for later
- Consume perishable items
- Have a surge protector installed for valuable equipment at home
- Have a cloud back-up ready in place to combat unwarranted data loss
- Generators are always the best idea when it comes to restoring power on a large scale
WHEN CAN YOU USE GENERATORS?
Whether you need to power up a marquee, a factory unit, or a power station, high power generators are the best solution available. We can use generators, when there is:
- An emergency / unplanned power cut
- A big event around the corner
- As a standby backup system
- Work when there is no mains power or there is a planned power cut
So why wait for a power cut to cause you massive distress? Get in touch with a reliable generator service anytime to get a rapid response, TODAY!