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Investing for the future

Part of our role as network operator is to plan for the future. We invest money from customers’ bills right back into region’s electricity network. Over the next 25 years the population of the North West is expected to grow by 10%. We also face the challenge of making the transition to a low carbon future. To meet government carbon reduction targets we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels like gas and petrol and change to renewable sources. As a result the demand for electricity in the UK is expected to double by 2050.

As well as meeting additional demand as we start to use more electric heat pumps and electric vehicles we also need to adapt so that low carbon generation sources such as wind and solar power can connect directly to our network.

Here at Electricity North West we are preparing for the future in a number of ways:

  • We are developing innovative new contracts to benefit our low carbon customers
  • We are developing ‘smart grid’ technologies to enable us to intelligently manage our network and match supply with demand in the best way possible
  • We are continually taking steps to reduce energy usage and encourage our customers to use electricity more efficiently
  • We are striving to improve how we manage our network with new research, innovation and technology.

Strategy and investment

Our Strategic Direction Statement sets out how we believe our network will develop to 2050, including information on smart grids and the role of network operators.

Our innovation strategy describes how innovation plays an important role in helping Electricity North West deliver a responsive and sustainable business for our customers, stakeholders, and the millions of people who depend on us every day.

Our new innovation strategy

Our new user-friendly innovation strategy is now available. This document forms an integral part of our business plan and is designed to enable our stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of our strategy to deliver their needs.

We hope you find our innovation strategy accessible and informative.


CLASS will also look at ways of maximising use of our existing network but with new innovative techniques to control voltage.

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Smart Street

By combining innovative technology with existing assets, Smart Street aims to make our networks and customers' appliances perform more efficiently and make it easier to adopt low carbon technologies onto our network.

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Our latest LCN Fund project will deliver an intelligent approach to managing fault current - the instantaneous surge of energy which occurs under fault conditions.

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Power Saver Challenge

Working with more than 1,000 homes and businesses in Stockport, the Power Saver Challenge is a trial to help reduce electricity usage, lower energy bills and reduce pressure on the local network.

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Capacity to Customers (C2C) is trialling the use of new technology and innovative customer contracts to increase the amount of energy that can be transmitted through the existing electricity network

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Smart meters

Between 2015 and 2020, 53 million smart electricity and gas meters will be installed in over 26 million households across Wales, Scotland and England. Find out about how we're involved with the national rollout of smart meters.

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