A fantastic opportunity and a significant responsibility

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We are proud to lead the team that that provides the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire with the electricity network that powers everyday life for more than eight million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses.

Efficiently delivering a top-class service where the lights stay on, the network stays healthy and our customers enjoy outstanding, ever-improving levels of personal service has always been a rewarding challenge. Living up to these demands already makes us one of the biggest investors in our region. Those challenges and responsibilities have become even more significant given the importance of energy to the global, national and regional challenge of decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods .

The future presents an opportunity to power our region with sustainable, long-term investments that unleash the potential of innovation, digitalisation Focused digital and technology agenda that supports the integration of digital technologies to improve Northern Powergrid’s everyday business activities , our people and collaboration to:

  • -  lead the drive towards decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods ;
  • -  operate a highly reliable and resilient network;
  • -  delight our customers with outstanding service;
  • -  provide remarkable value for money;
  • -  ensure world-class levels of safety and security; and
  • -  be a force for good throughout our region and beyond.

We must take a leading role in enabling our region to play its part in meeting the UK’s target of reducing carbon emissions by almost 80 per cent by 2035. Our network will be instrumental in facilitating this change, as it sits at the heart of a decentralised, low-carbon energy system, and we will be working across that whole system to find innovative ways to deliver on that target.

Supporting a greener energy future

We will invest £3.2 billion to ensure our regions can decarbonise The reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods while delivering substantial savings through our asset resilience investments and a more reliable network for our customers. This investment is centred on facilitating decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods to make the network more reliable whilst keeping it in a good condition.

Across every other area of our business, we’ll deliver more for less including targeting support for those who need it the most, and even better levels of customer satisfaction than the 9/10 rating we already deliver.

Listening to our stakeholders

Our stakeholders People and groups with an interest in our operations as the region’s electricity distribution network operator. This includes customers, local authorities and installers of low carbon technology have been clear that ensuring our region can decarbonise The reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods is paramount. We believe that the best way to do that will be through a decentralised energy system based around locally connected renewable generation, electricity storage solutions and demand that can flex to help keep overall costs down, facilitated by a network that is smarter and more flexible than ever.

We have optimised our investment strategy for a network that can serve our region as it decarbonises The reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods by planning for one of the steeper pathways to decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods from the 2030s and onwards, opening up all the credible pathways to decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods , embracing and managing uncertainty.

We’ll do that by building on our track record of being among the industry leaders on efficiency, operating a flexibility-first approach; strengthening the capability of our network, and operating a smart, flexible system that can adapt to every potential decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods pathway in the most affordable way as possible for our customers.

Thinking beyond 2028

Although this is a five-year plan, it has to begin to solve problems where the answers will manifest themselves over the next 25 years. In that respect, the long-term horizon of our owner – Berkshire Hathaway Energy – has been a real strength.

Together, we can take investment decisions now that will help make the overall transition more cost effective and likely to succeed in the long run for our customers. We’ll help power the region’s economy, drive economic growth, support the government’s ambitions to spread prosperity across the country and repair the damage done by the pandemic.

Ensuring our plan is affordable

The overall impact on your bill depends on some important decisions our regulator needs to make about how to bring forth the investment that is needed for decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods and how the responsibility to pay for that investment should be shared between this generation of customers and the ones that follow.

Under our proposed approach – with an appropriate return on investment and where costs are fairly shared between current and future customers – our charges for the average domestic customer would be £94.40 per year, an increase of about 10p a week. That’s a 36 per cent increase in investment for a modest five per cent increase on the bill. We think this represents great value.

From now to November, we’ll focus on refining our plan, from a strong, informed foundation thanks to our engagement with our stakeholders People and groups with an interest in our operations as the region’s electricity distribution network operator. This includes customers, local authorities and installers of low carbon technology to define our future direction of travel.

We are proud of the extensive work and commitment of our team to create this draft plan and we stand ready to deliver more for our customers. We believe this plan will set us firmly on the pathway to strong, decarbonised The reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods regional growth – delivering prosperity and leading the way to net zero Achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions being produced (including carbon dioxide) and greenhouse gas emissions being taken out of the atmosphere (e.g. by planting more trees) so that, overall, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is no longer increasing.

Phil

Phil Jones
Chief Executive