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27/02/2012: Sale students get ‘switched on’ with Electricity North West

Young students in Sale have been getting ‘switched on’ as part of a new initiative to encourage people to think about the future of electricity.

Electricity North West, the company that manages the regional power network, has led an afternoon of interactive sessions at Forest Park Prep’s Science Week. The network operator is aiming to help educate young people about how electricity works and is delivered to homes, as consumer demand is set to double by 2050.

A whole afternoon lesson plan was delivered in line with Key Stage 2 national guidelines, and with the support of the Museum of Science and Industry plus councillors John Lamb, vice chair of the Sustainability Select Committee and Michael Whetton, a member of Trafford’s Planning Committee.

The visit was divided into four workshops covering the history of electricity, how circuits work, conductors and insulators, and how Electricity North West delivers energy to homes businesses and schools, now and in the future.

Pete Marsden, Head of Science at Forest Park Prep, said: “It’s great that Electricity North West is engaging with young people by delivering an educational programme as part of our Science Week. Not only are they providing a fun and interactive programme in line with the curriculum but they are also promoting awareness of the future use of electricity – something I think we, as a region, don’t fully comprehend.”

In addition to providing a vital educational resource, the visit also forms part of the company’s current stakeholder engagement programme. Over the next year, as it continues with a £1.4 billion investment plan, Electricity North West is proactively speaking to all stakeholders in the region to: outline its role and the services it provides; discuss the long-term investment plans which will take the region up to 2050; and provide information on the scope for development.

Alex Moore at Electricity North West added: “Understanding how we use electricity and how that affects the local network is very empowering to our future generation. They are the ones who in 2050 will be more reliant on electricity as demand grows and carbon fuels are used less. By going beyond the basics outlined in the National Curriculum and making sure we also teach pupils to be switched on to the evolution of energy demands, we’re developing their knowledge in a very relevant way.”

This engagement is to ensure plans are in line with users’ needs. Children, as future users, have been identified as an important stakeholder group and school visits are set to be rolled out across the region.

All stakeholder groups, from domestic users to business users, will be engaged over the next twelve months. To have your say now, or for more information on forthcoming engagement activities, visit www.electricitynorthwest.co.uk/switchedon, our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

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