The major blackout that struck Britain was not due to the use of wind generation on the power network, scientists have said.

Experts believe the disconnection of a gas-fired power plant and wind farm triggered the power cut that brought wide-spread disruption to the country on Friday.

Professor Keith Bell, expert in electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said the country’s power systems should be regularly reviewed as the UK sought to cut its carbon emissions.

He said: “The nature of the system continues to change with, quite rightly in view of our emissions reduction commitments, more low carbon sources of power being used.

“This means that the normal operating procedures and the codes and standards that govern the system also need to be kept under regular review, especially in light of our increasing dependency on electricity.”

Wind power not to blame for UK’s major power cut, experts say


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