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Green recovery: Making Britain's towns and cities cleaner and greener

02 June 2021

Britain's electricity network operators' £300m investment in a green recovery is helping to improve quality of life in our cities, making them cleaner and greener.


UK Power Networks: London

Supporting Transport for London and the Mayor of London in their vision to decarbonise the capital UK Power Networks are supporting seven bus garages across Greater London to go electric.

Representing an investment of £3.9million, this will deliver extra capacity, equivalent to about 1,000 rapid chargers. Tripling the existing electric bus charging provision, this new infrastructure will go a long way to improving air quality for Londoners and visitors to the capital.  

SP Energy Networks: Runcorn

SP Energy Networks is to construct two new substations which will kickstart the Runcorn Station Quarter regeneration project.

Community leaders have signalled their ambition to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the area and this investment in the local network will make that a reality.

Making the station area compatible with the increased use of both private and public service electric vehicles, such as taxis, will transform it into a modern gateway that welcomes visitors, improves transport connections and encourages development opportunities for new business, leisure and housing.

Following the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, Runcorn Station Quarter is one of the area’s key regeneration projects to develop newly unlocked land.

Investment in the local electricity network will create additional capacity, supporting further regeneration of the wider area through the development of vacant land to attract new environmentally friendly businesses and housing developments.

The Runcorn Station Quarter is part of the overall vision for the area and forms part of the £1bn Mersey Gateway Regeneration Plus Plan, which is one of North West England’s most exciting and varied regeneration opportunities.

Western Power Distribution: Nottingham

Nottingham City Council aim to transform the area into the first carbon neutral city by 2028. With that in mind, Nottingham is a known growth area with significant plans for low carbon technology growth in the coming years whilst also handling existing network constraints.

To enable this, Western Power Distribution are investing £3.5m in a new 33/11kV substation in the city centre. This investment will provide 24MW of extra capacity for demand and 18MW extra capacity for generation.

About us

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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