Northern Powergrid, which serves 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has invested £5.5 million as part of its commitment to protecting the region’s power network.
With wintery weather here the annual programme of clearing trees and foliage which have grown near to the power network becomes particularly important. It plays a vital role in helping reduce the chances of severe weather blowing vegetation into overhead power lines and causing damage and disruption.
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The clearance programme, which takes place throughout the entire year, supports the electricity distributor’s maintenance and network investments so it can provide a safe and reliable power supply to the 3.9 million homes and businesses it serves across the region.
Tina Oates, Northern Powergrid’s network access manager, said: “This year we’ve invested some £5.5 million clearing trees and other vegetation from more than 900 miles of our overhead power network.
“It’s vitally important that we carry out a robust programme of tree clearance throughout the entire year so we are winter-ready. While not completely eliminating the risks, the work significantly reduces the potential for trees making contact with our power lines during severe weather or snapped branches hitting our network causing damage and power cuts for our customers.
“To reduce disruption to our customers and wherever it is safely possible we cut back trees without the need for a planned power cut, however on some occasions, to work safely we do have to isolate our network. When this is required we always provide advance notice to enable our customers to make alternative arrangements, where necessary, to help minimise the impact on them, their family and their property.”