ENW to optimise network with voltage control devices in UK first

Electricity North West (ENW) has announced a pioneering energy project that could lower consumer bills and aid the UK’s push towards a low carbon economy.

On 28 October, ENW confirmed that it would be rolling out innovative voltage control devices at substations across its electricity network for its Smart Street project. Specifically, the project is set to target areas where there is a high uptake of electric vehicles, solar panels and other low carbon technologies, particularly in cases where these overlap with customers that are living in fuel poverty. The potential carbon saving to 2050 is estimated to be around 143,860 tCO2e.

Work is to begin in April 2020 with the first devices targeted for installation in November 2020. A total of 180 areas are set to benefit from the project over a three-year period.

Steve Cox, Engineering and Technical Director at ENW, said: “We knew that if we could supply electricity at a more optimised level for our customers, we could save our customers money on their electricity bills and support important regional and national decarbonisation targets.”