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Northern Powergrid Invests $9.9 Million for Future Electricity Demand

July 11, 2023
Project supported by $68 million Green Recovery Scheme funding, enhancing capacity for electric vehicles and infrastructure development.

Northern Powergrid is preparing to launch a £7.7 million ($9.9 million) investment program in Harthill and Woodall, which are near the Sheffield area. This initiative aims to meet the growing demand for electricity as the population increases and more power is required for homes, businesses, and transportation.

The project became possible after Northern Powergrid secured £53 million ($68 million) through a national Green Recovery Scheme. This funding allows electricity network operators to accelerate investments in local electricity networks, supporting green growth projects like electric transport, heating, and infrastructure development.

Beginning in early August 2023, the work in Harthill and Woodall will also increase the charging capacity at Woodall Services, a major motorway service area in northern England.

The project involves upgrading the Kiveton Park substation and laying new underground electricity cables between the substation and the northbound Woodall Services. There are plans to build a new substation near the services in the future, subject to finding a suitable location and obtaining planning permission. This will further boost capacity and improve the local power network’s resilience.

The underground cabling work will require digging along a 3.5 km route. Temporary multi-way traffic lights and suspension of on-street parking will be used where possible. However, some road sections will need to be closed to through traffic during specific periods:

Northern Powergrid is collaborating with local transport operators to arrange temporary bus and school transport services.

The company is working with Rotherham Council and Harthill with Woodall Parish Council to minimize disruption and will provide ongoing communication to keep everyone informed.

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