In the period 23rd to the 28th December 2013, power cuts were experienced by nearly two hundred and forty thousand consumers in southern England and power was not restored for up to twenty-eight thousands of them after twenty four hours.

Much of the power distribution network of Southern UK is above ground in the south of England and therefore exposed to bad weather conditions. Additionally, a great deal of the infrastructure had reached the end of its useful life. The main cause of the long power cuts was the extremely bad weather, with strong winds and heavy rain, breaking power lines. Not only lack of risk perception and management, but poor performance on recovery, added to the failures.

In addition to National wide DNO association, Is there a need to create well trained and fast moving labour force across the Western European Nations to deal with such an emergency situation?