£7.6m investment in power network

£7.6m investment in power network

Northern Powergrid has invested £7.6 million as part of its commitment to protecting the region's power network.

With wintry weather ahead the annual programme of clearing trees and foliage which have grown near to the power network becomes particularly important. It plays a vital role in helping reduce the chances of severe weather blowing vegetation into overhead power lines and causing damage and disruption.

The clearance programme, which takes place throughout the year, supports the electricity distributor's maintenance and network investments so it can provide a safe and reliable power supply to the 3.9 million homes and businesses it serves across the region.

Pete Wilstrop, Northern Powergrid's network inspections manager, said: "By the end of this year we'll have invested more than £7.6 million clearing trees and other vegetation from more than 800 miles of our overhead power network.

"It's vitally important that we carry out a robust programme of tree clearance throughout the entire year so we are winter ready.  While not completely eliminating the risks, this work can help significantly reduce the potential for trees making contact with our power lines during severe weather or snapped branches hitting our network causing damage and power cuts for our customers."

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