12 Sep 2022

Electricity North West reveals plans for stakeholder events

The region’s stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their views and hear current and future plans for the area at Electricity North West’s annual regional workshops in Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester this September.

The network operator will be sharing details of its investment in the region and discussing how it and its partners are supporting customers in response to the cost-of-living crisis.

The free workshops will also give attendees the opportunity to hear key insights gathered from the region over the last two years and learn about some key strategic projects the operator is carrying out within the community. The network operator will also explore the learnings and improvements made following Storm Arwen and the plans and preparations in place for future extreme weather.

Discussions will also include how the operator can best facilitate the move to net zero through the connection of low carbon technologies in homes and businesses.

Guest speakers will also join the events to give their perspective on regional priorities and the support they provide to customers.

Helen Norris, Electricity North West’s stakeholder engagement and responsibility manager said: “We will have invested £1.8bn in the power network by next year, increasing capacity and resilience, helping meet the growing demand for electricity and protecting customers from disruption in extreme weather.

“We are seeing a huge increase in demand for new low carbon technologies to be connected to the network. We want to hear how we can make this process easier and more inclusive to ensure that customers and communities are not left behind in this transition.”

“These events are a great opportunity for us to engage with local stakeholders and groups representing the local community on the issues that matter most to them, and the views and feedback shared in these sessions really do help inform our future plans and investments.”

The Cumbria workshop will take place from 10am-1pm on Friday 16th September at North Lakes Hotel & Spa in Penrith, with Karen Mitchell, CEO of Cumbria Action for Sustainability, attending as guest speaker.

Phil Treaton, Head of Neighbourhoods at Groundwork Greater Manchester will be in attendance at the Manchester workshop from 1pm-4pm on Monday 19th September at Greater Manchester Chambers of Commerce on Deansgate in the city centre.

The Lancashire workshop will take place from 1pm-4pm on Tuesday 13th September at The Exchange in Preston, with Stuart Winterbottom of Cosy Homes Lancashire in attendance as guest speaker.

To register for a regional stakeholder workshop online, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/electricity-north-west-regional-stakeholder-events-819739