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 community group 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

    There are many people in your local community who could benefit from being on our Priority Services Register. Get the message out there that there is support available.

Community Resilience Plans

We advise all communities, especially rural or isolated areas, to implement and regularly update their resilience plans. Resilience planning helps prepare for situations which could disrupt your community, such as power cuts and bad weather. Every community is unique and therefore there is no ‘one sizes fits all’ approach. The Government have a Community Resilience Framework which you can find on the link below which will help guide you through this. You can also contact your local authority for support, who have emergency planning officers on hand to help with your planning.
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Know someone who is struggling with the cost of living and paying bills?

We all want to keep warm and save money, that’s why we have partnered with Home Energy Scotland (HES) and Yes Energy Solutions (YES) to help you stay warm for less. They’ll support in finding ways to reduce bills and identify eligibility of support available.

Energy saving advice

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.

Resilience partner mapping

Our resilience partner mapping portal provides you with insight into what would happen in the event of emergency power cuts taking place over this winter. It provides an overview of what customers would be affected depending on the size of the situation.

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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

Your Community Contacts

We have customer relationship managers across our entire network. They look after regions and work with local communities to support with resilience planning and update you on what we’re doing as your network operator. Feel free to get in touch with any questions you have.

Useful tools

We’re proud to be part of the communities we serve and love to work with our community partners to promote services that can help your residence. Below are several resources you can download and share with your local community, including the raw data files for postcodes and the blocks associated with them.