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22/07/13: Pioneering technology helps keep the lights on across Lancashire

New state-of-the-art technology is greatly reducing the impact of power cuts and helping to secure power supplies to homes and businesses across Lancashire.

Electricity North West, the company which owns and maintains the regional power network, has invested £6 million in the new technology located in substations.

In 2011 Electricity North West introduced smart fuses which automatically restore blown fuses meaning many power cuts are reduced from hours to a couple of minutes. Now the technology can also reduce the impact of recurring faults while saving thousands of pounds in engineer call-out and repair costs.

Phil Briggs, response manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are proud to be pioneering this new advanced technology in Lancashire.

“While the equipment already in place was great at restoring supplies, this new technology now enables us to monitor the devices remotely from wherever we are, in the office or when we are out on site.

“Now the devices are multi-functional and can send information directly to us when a fault happens, including its approximate location. This means our engineers can get on site and locate and repair faults much more quickly leading to less disruption for our customers.”

In the first three months the new technology has saved almost £60k in costs and reduced the number of recurring faults by 200 compared to the same three months last year. The technology is currently being rolled out across the North West.

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