Political storm blows in after festive floods

The worst Christmas weather in years resulted in widespread damage to power lines, cutting off 150,000 houses and causing chaos at Gatwick on Christmas Eve. Around 130,000 houses were flooded and severe weather warnings continued this week.

Tim Yeo, chair of the Commons Energy Select Committee, said he was planning to summon the electricity networks executives to account for a ‘very slow’ response to the crisis, says Guy Chazan in the FT.

The criticism caps a year in which Britain’s energy industry has been caught in “an intense political storm” over a wave of sharp price increases, says [...]

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