Northern Power set to inject £83m into a smart grid programme

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted24/Jan/2018
Author: Spencer Ogden

Northern Powergrid has announced its plans to invest £83 million into a “Smart Grid Enablers” programme. 
The project aims to prepare the UK for the rapid growth of electric vehicles, domestic heat pumps and renewable energy. 


Work involved include: installing high-bandwidth digital communications links to more than 8,000 substations, replacing voltage controllers, installing monitoring equipment and building new data centres.


Patrick Erwin, Policy and Markets Director at Northern Powergrid, said: “Our Smart Grid Enablers programme is putting our region at the forefront of the low-carbon revolution.


“It will make us ready to support rapid growth of electric vehicles, heat pumps and solar power in the next decade, while maintaining a reliable system and keeping costs as low as possible for all our customers.”


The company’s goal is to help the UK save up to £500 million by 2031.

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