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Electricity operator vows to lower costs for households

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Steve Johnson, chief executive of Electricity North West, at the company's base on Hartington Road, Preston

Photo Neil Cross Steve Johnson, chief executive of Electricity North West, at the company's base on Hartington Road, Preston

The North West’s electricity network operator invested more than ever in the region’s power grid last year according to recent accounts, and plans to reduce the annual cost for households.

Electricity North West, which operates the overhead lines and underground cables that transport power to the region’s homes and businesses, said it invested £228m in infrastructure last year, up £21m on the year before.

Around £120 from a typical household’s annual electricity bill goes to Electricity North West to operate and invest in the network. The company plans to reduce its part of the bill to around £98 from April next year.

Steve Johnson, Electricity North West’s chief executive, said: “We’re investing for the future, but we also recognise that energy bills are going up so by reducing our part of the bill next year it will mean that customers will pay just 27 pence a day to us to transport power through our vast network of wires and infrastructure. That’s an incredible deal for customers.”

Although the North West’s electricity network is rated as one of the most dependable in the country, operating at 99.99 per cent reliability, the network operator said it aims to reduce power cuts by a further 20 per cent over the next 10 years.

 

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