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04/06/14: Power network investment up as bills set to fall

The North West’s electricity network operator invested more than ever in the region’s power grid last year according to the company’s annual accounts published today. Electricity North West's CEO Steve Johnson

Electricity North West, which operates the overhead lines and underground cables that transport power to the region’s homes and businesses, said it invested £228m in infrastructure last year, up £21m on the year before.

Around £120 from a typical household’s annual electricity bill goes to Electricity North West to operate and invest in the network. The company plans to reduce its part of the bill to around £98 from April next year.

Steve Johnson, Electricity North West’s chief executive, said: “We’re investing for the future, but we also recognise that energy bills are going up so by reducing our part of the bill next year it will mean that customers will pay just 27 pence a day to us to transport power through our vast network of wires and infrastructure. That’s an incredible deal for customers.”

The North West’s electricity network is one of the most dependable in the country, operating at 99.99% reliability. As well as the price cut, the network operator aims to reduce power cuts by a further 20% over the next 10 years.

Profit for the year also rose under an agreement with industry regulator, Ofgem (the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets), which permits increases in revenues to fund long-term investment in the network.

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