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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