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Engineers say they're ready for when the lights go out

Ninety million pounds is being spent on upgrading and maintaining our electricity network ahead of the Winter and potentially devastating storms that may come our way.

Last Winter towns and villages in the Thames Valley and Hampshire were cut off by impassable roads and downed power lines.

Penny Silvester has been taking a look at the preparations of the engineers who are called out to make repairs when the lights go out.

Help and advice for residents

West Sussex County Council says it is ready to offer help and advice to vulnerable people who may still be suffering from a loss of power as a result of the storm that swept across the county on Monday.

The council is urging vulnerable people or residents who know of someone in their area affected by this to contact them on 01243 642104.It's believed that in some parts of West Sussex, power supplies may not be back to normal until Wednesday.

Fawley Power Station closing after 41 years

Just in: Fawley Power Station is closing in March 2013 after 41 years. It had been due to close in 2015. During its lifetime the power station has provided electricity for millions of homes and businesses across Britain.

Fawley is opted out of the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive, aimed at reducing emissions across Europe, and was therefore required to cease generation by the end of December 2015 at the latest. Due to current market conditions the main units will now close earlier than predicted.

The closure of Fawley reflects the changing shape of power generation in the UK, with modern lower carbon power generation replacing older, less efficient power stations. The future of the site has yet to be decided.