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  • As we face the challenge of making the transition to a low carbon future and meeting government carbon reduction targets, demand for electricity in Great Britain is set to rise significantly. This will present new challenges to electricity distribution network operators like Electricity North West who will need to invest heavily in new network infrastructure to meet this increased demand. This would be a massively disruptive programme of work and could mean much higher bills for customers.

    To minimise potential cost, disruption and carbon emissions, we need to develop smarter and more flexible ways of managing electricity networks.

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  • Smart Street is an £11.5 million project funded by the Low Carbon Networks Fund which will keep costs down for customers, reduce carbon emissions and help get the most from our existing network. By combining innovative technology with existing assets, Smart Street aims to make networks and customers’ appliances perform more efficiently and make it easier to adopt low carbon technologies onto the electricity network such as solar panels, electric vehicles and heat pumps.

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  • Smart Street will trial innovative voltage control techniques to optimise network voltage and minimise the impact of low carbon technologies, while maintaining voltages within statutory limits.

    New controllable switching devices, called the WEEZAP and LYNX will be integrated into the network management system. This will be the first demonstration in Great Britain of a fully centralised low voltage network management and automation system.

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Latest updates

Technical workshop

To mark the halfway point of the Smart Street trials we held a technical workshop to update our stakeholders on our progress. Colleagues from other distribution network operators were able to see the Smart Street system in action and visit technology installations to see how Smart Street equipment integrates with the existing network.

Smart Street goes live! 29 January 2016

Following a challenging installation programme the Smart Street technologies have been commissioned and the project trials are under way. 

See our key documents page for the latest project updates

Take a look at our project videos

Watch our latest project video which looks at a day in the life of Smart Street in the year 2035. This animated video explains how we will address the problem of regulating voltage to help the network and customers’ appliances work more efficiently.

A day in the life of Smart Street
Find out more about Smart Street by watching our latest video