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Energising communities across the East

The country’s biggest electricity distributor UK Power Networks has completed a hugely successful year of connections across the East of England.

From Press releases - 29 December 2017 12:00 AM

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The company’s Connections team received several thousand enquiries in 2017 and delivered major projects across some large sites with 170 schemes progressed to build.

Among the highlights were two important projects to connect energy generators in Stowmarket and Cliff Quays in Ipswich.

A tally of 14 large generation projects contributed to a combined output of 188MVA of energy generation connected in the East as part of a popular shift towards large-scale battery storage.

UK Power Networks also connected six major data centres, a range of industrial and new housing projects, as well as energising the first subsidy free solar farm in the UK in Milton Keynes.

The company successfully completed 13 projects to increase the power capacity to meet individual customers’ needs and another 13 projects to move power lines.

A total of 80 major projects referrals - large commercial connections such as stadiums, data centres, wind farms and solar farms - were received to a value of around £63million.

Jim Vasey, major connections manager for the East of England, said: “The connections market has been buoyant this past calendar year with every indication it will continue to grow in 2018.

“The Eastern region handles more queries than any other region our network covers so the demands on us are huge. I’m delighted how much we have delivered as a team. We are connecting embedded generation at high speed and capacity which is great news for the UK.”

UK Power Networks delivers power to more than eight million homes and businesses across the East of England, the South East and across London. If residents ever have a power cut they can call the company for free on 105, and engineers will fix it.