Chance to have your say on power giants' massive investment plans

Torbay Weekly

Customers in Torbay are  being asked to give their verdict on Western Power Distribution's massive investment plans for the area.
WPD has proposed a record £6 billion investment and ground-breaking network improvement plan for Devon, which promises to reduce power cuts, help vulnerable customers and support environmental targets.

The company is keen to hear from customers in the region to have their say on its plans.

WPD is responsible for the power lines, poles, transformers and substations that deliver electricity to 7.9 million homes and businesses across the Midlands, South West and South Wales, including those in Torbay.

With a headline pledge to become a Net Zero company by 2028, 22 years ahead of the UK target, WPD’s plan details its roadmap to a smarter network that will grow with the region’s increasing demand for electricity. Through extensive ‘bottom-up’ forecasting, it plans to connect a further 1.5 million electric vehicles and 600,000 heat pumps by 2028.

The company also intends to work closely to support local authorities and ensure the electricity network is capable of achieving local Net Zero ambitions as early as 2030. WPD are also committed to protecting areas of outstanding natural beauty by removing 50km of overhead lines across its distribution regions.

Importantly, it is pledging to keep their customer's contribution to energy bills broadly the same throughout the years ahead.

The investment will help 113,000 customers in fuel poverty make savings of £60 million. It will also help WPD support around 387,000 vulnerable customers in the South West on its local Priority Services Register, reaching out proactively to customers in known areas of high deprivation and vulnerability.

Mark Shaw, Business Plan Manager, said: “We’re a proud member of the Devon community and want to hear views on how we should invest."

WPD’s customers can feed back on the Business Plan until 25th April 2021. It will be further developed over the summer before the final plan is submitted to the industry regulator Ofgem in December 2021. For further information, more detail and to have your say, visit WPD’s online public consultation: