[typography font=”Cardo” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#31B404″]S[/typography]outhern Electric has apologised for a brief power outage that left the Wiltshire Police HQ in the dark at the end of June. The police station on London Road, Devizes was hit by a power cut when there was a problem with the electricity provider’s service.
A spokesperson for Southern Electric explained what happened and how long the power was down for. They said:
We had a power outage at 7.10am this morning to approximately 1,925 customers and it was back on at 7.13am.
The spokesperson for Southern Electric also explained the cause of the incident, saying that it was due to a high voltage network tripping out. They also made an apology to Wiltshire Police HQ and all the other customers who were affected by the power problems.
We would like to apologise to all our customers who were affected.
A spokesperson for the Wiltshire Police said that emergency response services and non-emergency services were not affected by the high voltage network tripping out causing a black out.
Southern Electric were also facing questions about their electricity supply earlier this month when three power cuts took place in Rothesay in the space of one week. Two took place on Thursday and Friday, both of which lasted around a minute in length, and another happened around 5pm on a Sunday leaving close to 800 customers without power for almost an hour.
Some people speculated that the lapses in power were related. However, a spokesperson for Southern Electric denied that this is the case. They said:
Short interruptions of the kind experienced on Thursday and Friday are often caused by wind-blown debris, branches or other transient materials affecting overhead lines, and brief cuts in supply are required to clear any obstructions. The interruption on Sunday was caused by an object becoming lodged between two electrical connecting points in the Braeside area near the town. We do not believe it was linked to the earlier disruptions, and would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience and thank them for their patience.
Southern Electric is an energy company that existed as its own business between 1990 and 1998. Since then, it merged with Scottish Hydro Electric to form Scottish and Southern Energy, better known as its abbreviation SSE. It still uses the name Southern Electric for its brand in the south of England. The company was originally floated on the London Stock Exchange in the year 1990.