The future is exciting for the North West's electricity network. We will continue to develop and adapt according to our customers’ needs, and are already planning how our network might look in 2050.
To help meet the UK's tough low-carbon targets, we need to change the ways we develop our network and serve our customers.
As we move away from fossil fuels for transport and heat, we will move towards using more electricity generated by renewable or nuclear power. This predicted extra demand means we need to plan our network to be able to keep delivering the power customers need.
Key components driving our network development include:
- changing customer expectations and needs
- regional development and growth
- moving to a low carbon economy
- the introduction of electric vehicles
- adapting to the impacts of climate change
- new research, innovation and technology.
Strategy and investment
Our Network Investment Plan gives more detail on our short-term focus for the period from 2010 to 2015, when we'll be investing £1.4 billion in the network.
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.