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Event: The Electricity Dilemma

Electricity North West is inviting businesses and specialists to a workshop in Manchester on 11 July to help solve the challenges it faces in managing an increasingly stressed electricity grid.

Electricity North West is inviting businesses and specialists to a workshop in Manchester on 11 July to help solve the challenges it faces in managing an increasingly stressed electricity grid.

The workshop is part of the Innovate Manchester events programme, run by the Business Growth Hub and MIDAS

The programme aims to bring Greater Manchester’s SMEs, large companies and universities together to address innovation opportunities.

The workshop on 11 July will explore some of the challenges now faced by Electricity North West, the operator of the North West’s electricity distribution network.

‘Trilemma’

Electricity North West is facing significant challenges as it handles increasing demand caused by the uptake of low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and heat pumps.

The so-called ‘energy trilemma’ relates to the need to reduce emissions from the energy grid whilst simultaneously keeping energy costs low and ensuring energy security.

The issue is complicated further by aging infrastructure – a large proportion of Electricity North West’s assets are now fifty to sixty years old.

As a result, Electricity North West is looking to work with innovative local businesses and universities to assist them in solving parts of these challenges. 

It already has several projects ongoing to manage the transition to a low carbon energy system and the event will offer insight into these activities, as well as an opportunity to ask questions directly to Electricity North West. 

The workshop will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester city centre on 11 July 2017. For more information, click here.