Huhne: ‘Electricity supply is shocking’

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Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has criticised Southern Electricity for failing to stop power cuts that are threatening business and job prospects in the town.

Mr. Huhne has written to the chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy to complain about five power cuts in the town centre since the end of December that have resulted in lost business for the 26 shops affected.

This website has previously reported that power cuts on the 5th January followed by snow the next day had given Town Centre businesses an awful start to the New Year.

“It’s time to put a bit of spark into Southern Electric, who do not appear to realise the damage and disruption that these power cuts are causing in Eastleigh” said Mr. Huhne. “Three years ago there was a similar problem which was not sorted out until there was a small explosion in the cable”

Mr. Huhne said that five power cuts in little more than a month in a busy commercial area was the sort of pattern that fell well short of the standards of service that users were entitled to expect. He warned that the power cuts are likely to damage businesses and job prospects in the town if allowed to continue.

The deregulation and fragmentation of the Gas and Electricity industries in 1989 by the Thatcher government was supposed to lead to more efficient and cheaper energy provision  through competition in the free market. Has it succeeded?

  3 comments for “Huhne: ‘Electricity supply is shocking’

  1. January 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Its not the electric company your should be writing to with regard to the damage to business and jobs in Eastleigh, Mr Huhne. You should be writing to Keith House and his barmy Lib Dem Council about the damage to business, jobs and OUR local economy that they are causing on a daily basis.

    In a 2009 poll of shop owners in Eastleigh, 78% of retail shops in the town claimed that the increased cost of parking together with the lack of parking spaces was the biggest threat they faced in 2010.

    A lack of electricity came in at 0%.

  2. Peter Stewart
    February 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Competition? Bah! Free market? Rot! Cheaper, more efficient energy supply? What a joke! All that’s happened is what always happens when EU directives are implemented: British companies, profits and jobs are destroyed! The supposed “deregulation” of our Electricity industry was nothing more than an EU “free-for-all” in which EU energy companies were given licence to ransack their British rivals. How many energy supply companies in Britain are now British owned? Thatcher implemented it! The EU ordered it! Britain ALWAYS plays by the rules!

    • February 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm


      I wish Britain would play by the rules when it came to the Human Rights Act..!!

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