We secured £12m of Ofgem funding in 2015 through the regulator's annual Electricity Network Innovation Competition. This competition allows electricity network companies to compete for funding to develop and demonstrate new technologies, operating and commercial arrangements. Using this funding, and a further £14m of investment from ourselves, we are converting an existing 400 kV substation into an evaluation facility. This facility will be used to develops and trial technologies and practices without putting customer supply at risk.
The project will benefit customers through:
- Research and development of new unconventional technologies and practices;
- Extending the operational life of ageing assets; and
- Accelerating innovation.