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Cause of power cut identified

Following further investigations over the Easter weekend, we have identified a faulty piece of equipment at Knocknagael grid substation near Inverness, which we now believe to be the cause of last week's power cut. Safety mechanisms activated when the fault occurred, causing the main network circuit breakers to open, protecting the grid system supplying the north and west Highlands. While detailed technical investigations continue, we have taken action to ensure this issue does not recur elsewhere on our network.

Response to the reviews of the Christmas storm

Response to Ofgem storm report


Compensation claim update
11 Apr 2014

We have received over 30,000 compensation claims following the winter storms that swept across the UK. To date, our dedicated teams have verified over 90% of the claims and arranged payments to the majority of affected customers. We have received 10,000 duplicate claims and kindly request that customers do not resubmit their original claim. We apologise for the extended delay and will be in touch as soon as we can. We are aware of the customers who have not yet submitted a claim and are pro-activly engaging with them to ensure they receive their entitlement.

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We provide thousands of new connections to our networks every year. We are here to help whether you are building your home, constructing a major development, or want to connect a generator.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission is responsible for 5,000 km of high voltage electricity cables in the north of Scotland. As a result of increased demand from developers to connect their generation to the transmission network we are investing over £1 billion to upgrade the network.

Scaling the heights to look after our feathered friends


As part of the East Coast 400kV Reinforcement project, we have built and erected an Osprey tower to allow nearby nesting Ospreys to relocate from the top of a 275kV tower.

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We want to keep our customers and stakeholders updated on how we run our transmission and distribution networks. We also want you to have your say on our business plans and any significant changes in the energy industry.

Explore these pages to find out more about our plans and the feedback we've had.


This section includes documents and information ranging from charging statements to compliance and financial information.

Stakeholder information

Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution is committed to communication and engagement with customers and stakeholders who are affected by developments in electricity distribution and transmission.

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You can rest assured we are doing everything we can to ensure our customers get exceptional service. That’s why we have teams of trained experts waiting to hear from you if you need to talk to us.

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Power cuts


Our goal is to keep the lights on 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. But sometimes events outside our control such as bad weather, can mean power is interrupted. When this happens, our first priority is to restore supplies as quickly as possible.

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Priority services


We can offer extra help to customers who register for our priority services.

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If things go wrong


We are committed to offering our customers the best customer service and will always do everything we can to ensure satisfaction. However, if something goes wrong we are keen to hear about it so we can to put it right.

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