This book, originally published in 1995 is a study of crisis management in the electricity supply industry during the 20th century. The full implications of the vulnerability of the industry are examined, with special reference to past industrial action. The authors were well placed to know how close the industry came on more than one occasion to disaster. In the wake of privatisation challenging and controversial questions are asked, which are of fundamental importance to the economy, quality of life and political stability of the country. An account is also given of the past structure, technology and industrial relations of the industry. This volume is an excellent case-study for students of post war politics, public sector management and industrial relations.
1. Britain's Most Vulnerable Industry in Perspective Part 1: Trials of Strength 2. 1926: Electricity supply and the General Strike 3. 1949: Reds Under the Bed? 4. 1970: Working to Whose Rules? 5. 1971-2: The Edge of Darkness 6. 1973-4: Heath and the Miners 7. 1977: No work, No Pay Part 2: The Miners' Strike 1984-5 8. Conflict in Context 9. Preparations for the Inevitable? 10. Overtime Ban 11. Strike 12. Facing Up to the Long Haul 13. Can We Get Through the Winter? 14. Winter 15. Back to Normal and Counting the Cost Part 3: Resource Management in the 1984-5 Miners' Strike 16. Coal on the Move 17. Oil: The £4billion Story 18. The Power System: Innovation and Flexibility 19. Essential Supplies: From Helicopters to CO2 20. Generating Plant: Problems and Opportunities 21. The Managers, the Unions and the Staff 22. Who Is My Brother? 23. Partners: The Distribution Boards 24. Information: Handle with Care Part 4: The Future 25. Keeping The Lights On in the 1990s and Beyond. Appendices.
In view of the recent decline of the quality of various domestic energy and natural resources and the uncertain nature of the availability of foreign supplies it is becoming increasingly important for many countries to be able to forecast more reliably the demand for energy and resources. Many of the volumes in this set, originally published between 1936 and 1995, provide models with which to measure the impact of policy decisions and technological change. Others analyze and discuss many of the issues which have enduring relevance: ailing global coal mining industries, the advent of new energy forms, increased competition from cheaper sources, strict pollution legislation and the impact that all of these issues have on productivity and employment.