Western Power Distribution joins National Grid Group

National Grid branding to replace WPD in the area

National Grid Electricity Distribution, formerly known as Western Power Distribution, is now the regional electricity distribution division of National Grid.


As the UK’s largest electricity distribution business, National Grid Electricity Distribution serves nearly eight million customers across the East and West Midlands, the South West of England, and South Wales delivering essential power to millions of homes and businesses across its regions.

It covers an area of 55,500km2 with 90,000km of overhead lines, 135,000km of underground cable and 188,000 transformers.

We’re delighted to welcome our new colleagues from WPD.

National Grid has worked closely with WPD on every stage of the Hinkley Connection Project. Our teams will continue to work together to deliver the construction of T-pylons, the undergrounding of cables, and the connection and energisation of substations along the route line – connecting 6 million homes and businesses to low carbon energy.

Over the coming months, National Grid will begin rebranding the former WPD’s vans, clothing and signage. You’ll start to notice our colleagues at WPD wearing their new National Grid workwear, aside from what you can see, there will be no changes that will impact the ways customers can reach WPD.

Steve Haskayne, Project Director for National Grid on the Hinkley Connection Project said, "WPD is one of the best performing network operators in the country, with an excellent track record in safety and reliability, and very high levels of customer satisfaction.

“We’re delighted to welcome our new colleagues from WPD into the National Grid fold and look forward to working with them on the Hinkley Connection Project as we work to deliver low carbon energy to homes and businesses across the UK.”