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Stevenage MP meets the people who keep the power running

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland went behind the scenes at an electricity substation that keeps the lights on for thousands of people in his constituency.

From Press releases - 3 December 2018 12:00 AM

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Mr McPartland joined engineers from UK Power Networks at a substation that provides electricity to local homes and businesses. He met local operations manager Nick Carey, whose engineering teams work round the clock to maintain, repair and upgrade the network that delivers safe, reliable power supplies, and learnt how the network operator is creating a smart, flexible grid to support the take-up of new technologies like electric vehicles.

UK Power Networks employs 151 people in the town and Mr McPartland’s visit started at the Stevenage office in Wedgewood Way where he met employees and heard about both the company’s investment in the region and how it supports customers in the event of a power cut.

In Stevenage, the company has invested around £70,000 in moving and upgrading electrical equipment to ensure reliable power supplies, with a further £80,000 of work planned for 2019. 

Mr McPartland said: “I was pleased to hear about the company’s investments in its network to ensure reliable power supplies for local residents and especially the additional resilience that has been put in place to reduce power cuts on Pin Green Industrial Estate. It was fascinating to learn more about the role they are playing as a key local employer to support their customers and increase awareness of their Priority Service Register for vulnerable families.”

Matt Rudling, director of customer services at UK Power Networks, who hosted the visit, said: “UK Power Networks is at the forefront of the development of a smart, flexible electricity grid to support the rapidly changes needs of our customers.

“We welcomed this opportunity to share with our local MP the innovation and investment we are making in and around Stevenage to maintain reliable electricity supplies at the lowest cost to customers.”

UK Power Networks is the most reliable and lowest cost network in the country – with the average power only experiencing a power cut every 2.5 years on average (a 40% improvement since 2010). The company is investing £600 million this year to upgrade and maintain its networks as part of £6.6 billion investment during the eight years to 2023.

To apply to join UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority, ring 0800 169 9970, or email psr@ukpowernetworks.co.uk.
In the event of a power cut see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk from a mobile device or ring 105.