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Public invited to share views with Electricity North West

Businesses and groups representing vulnerable people are among those invited share their views with Electricity North West this month

The electricity distribution network in Cumbria is changing to meet the needs of a low-carbon future and there’s an opportunity for the public to help shape how it’s transforming.

Electricity North West is hosting an interactive workshop in Kendal on 28 March, in partnership with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS). It’s open to anyone with an interest or stake in how the electricity distribution network is being managed and transformed.

The event is particularly relevant to businesses, community and sustainability groups, local authorities and organisations supporting vulnerable customers, such as those with disabilities, residents in areas prone to flooding and those living in fuel poverty.

Senior directors from Electricity North West will attend the event to explain how the electricity distribution network in Cumbria is managed now and plans for the future. It’s also a chance to hear how the network here is being made more resilient to storms, along with improvements to the landscape by moving some overhead electricity lines underground.

“More than ever, people and organisations are playing an active part in the electricity network by generating their own power, whether that’s households with solar PV or community energy groups with hydro schemes,” said Martin

Deehan, Electricity North West’s operations director (North), who is hosting the event.

“The distribution network is transforming to meet these and other new demands. The public’s views and priorities are crucial in shaping how the network will change, so that people can benefit from low-carbon technologies. We are very keen to hear feedback from a broad range of people and organisations. It’s an opportunity to help guide our priorities and investment across the region.”

Hazel Graham, chief executive of CAfS, added: “We tend to take the electricity network for granted, but we all have a stake in it and a part to play in guiding its development so that it can support our needs into the future, in a way that’s sensitive to our unique environment here.

“I would encourage businesses, organisations and residents in Cumbria to come and share their priorities, whether that’s connecting new renewable energy schemes, electric vehicle charging, or how the network is becoming more resilient to challenges like flooding and other extreme weather.”

There’s also a chance to visit a range of stands during the breaks to find out more about community and local energy, new connections to the electricity network, Electricity North West’s customer service and support for vulnerable customers, and the Lake District National Park.

Lunch is provided. Travel costs can be paid for community and charitable organisations who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Find out more and book a place

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