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20/05/14: Pioneering power saving challenge set for Stockport

Power network operator Electricity North West is set to launch a new pioneering trial to help eliminate the need to build costly new overhead power lines and underground cables by encouraging customers to become more energy efficient. Power Saver Challenge

The Power Saver Challenge, the first of its kind in the country, will be trialled in the Heaton Moor and Heaton Norris areas of Stockport with more than 1,000 homes.
 
Electricity North West will work with residents to help reduce electricity usage, lowering energy bills and reducing pressure on the local network.

Mark Williamson, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “This exciting new initiative will allow us to explore how small changes can have a successful impact on reducing electricity usage and therefore reduce energy bills for individual households, and the region as a whole.

“Demand in electricity is set to double by 2050 and it is our responsibility to make sure that the regional power network is able to provide a reliable power supply to customers. Providing a bigger network in this area to meet predicted demand could cost more than £1million, but if we can encourage customers to reduce consumption then there’s less need to invest in costly new infrastructure.”

If successful, the trial could be rolled out across the North West and the most successful energy saving residents could be in with a chance of winning an energy efficient household appliance or a contribution towards a community initiative.

Qualifying households will be contacted directly, however if you would like further information please visit www.powersaverchallenge.co.uk.

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