Exmouth residents urged to have their say on WPD’s five-year plan

Western Power Distribution are asking for the views of Exmouth residents

Western Power Distribution are asking for the views of Exmouth residents - Credit: Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is keen to hear from customers in the Exmouth area on its five-year plans. 

WPD has proposed investment and a network improvement plan for Somerset and Devon in a bid to reduce power cuts, help vulnerable customers and support environmental targets. 

The company 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. 

WPD’s five-year plan details its roadmap to a smarter network that will grow with the region’s increasing demand for electricity. 

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.  

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Mark Shaw, business plan manager, said: “We’re a proud member of the Somerset and Devon community and want to hear views on how we should invest to ensure we support regional growth and a move to a lower carbon economy.  

“Creating a smart network for everyone is at the heart of our ambitions.  

“We’re also responding to a significantly changing energy landscape and the need to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.  

“We’ll be supporting more community energy projects and ensuring capacity is available to meet growing demand for electricity. 

 “Our Business Plan has been designed in collaboration with over 9,500 regional stakeholders across a two-year period.  

“We’re now keen to listen to more customers’ views and ideas on how we can best invest in an innovative energy system while continuing to make a real difference to the communities we serve.” 

 WPD’s customers can feed back on the Business Plan until April 25. 

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 at www.westernpower.co.uk/BP2. 

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