Powering on together this winter

This year Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has invested over £250 million upgrading the electricity network and our teams are working hard to ensure it’s more reliable than ever, but if extreme weather causes a power cut this winter we want to help you prepare. This Emergency Planning Portal provides you with helpful advice and tools on how you can prepare your business for the winter.
  • Preparing for a power cut

    If bad weather is on the way or we have let you know we need to turn off your power to carry out planned maintenance, follow our tips to prepare and stay safe.
  • Priority Services

    If you are a care home, you can register for our Priority Services. If you provide services to vulnerable customers, we also recommend telling them about priority services too.

Business Resilience Planning

We advise all businesses, from small local shop owners through to large industrial services to have robust resilience plans in place. Resilience planning helps prepare for situations which could disrupt your business, such as a power cut and bad weather. Every business is unique and therefore there is no ‘one sizes fits all’ approach. The government provide advice on the key elements you can prepare for on the link below
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Emergency power cuts

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its impact on global energy markets mean the UK and Europe face a challenging winter. The energy industry is prepared and has well-established procedures in place if there is a national energy shortage.

One part of these procedures is planned emergency power cuts, called ‘rota disconnections’. These are very rare and temporary and National Grid have been clear this is a worst case scenario.

If needed, customers would lose power for around three hours per day during the emergency, on an area-by-area basis. This would ensure power supplies are shared fairly with customers, and everyone has power for most of the day.

You can find FAQs and find your rota block below.

Use our interactive map to find your rota block

Find my rota block

You may have seen talks of power cuts this winter due to lack of electricity capacity for the UK. Although a worst case scenario, you can find your rota block identifier using our ‘My Rota Block’ map.

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Frequently asked questions

More information

For more information on these power cuts, what it means for you and what you can do to prepare, click the link below.
Helping you prepare this winter