Understanding Northern Powergrid’s Network Development Plan

31 Mar 2022

03:00pm - 04:00pm



As we prepare for a low carbon future, we are already seeing a significant increase in connections to our network to enable low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and heat pumps as well as increased solar generation and battery storage.

As the electricity network operator for Yorkshire and the North East we have a key role to play in enabling the net zero ambitions of those in our region, whether through customer flexibility, network flexibility or adding additional capacity through reinforcement.

Our regulator, Ofgem, has introduced a new requirement to inform stakeholders of our future network developments for the next 10 years, through what is known as a Network Development Plan.

Working together and harnessing the power of shared data will reduce uncertainty and allow us to cater for realistic pathways to decarbonisation and model the network impacts of these potential futures.

The Network Development Plan will provide information on major new energy infrastructure to be installed between now and the next 10 years. It will include indications of where it is anticipated that there will be network capacity and generation headroom to accommodate future connections and where flexibility services may be required. Power generation, transport and heat are all considered in this forecast.

We are publishing this document on the Network Data section of our website (https://www.northernpowergrid.com/network-data) to share the data we have so far for you to tell us if it supports your requirements.

For it to be beneficial, it is crucial that the document is understood and accessible by you.

To this end, we are holding a webinar to outline the key information included within the document so that you know how to access it to inform your plans. We are seeking your views on whether it is easy to understand and what else is required.



Simon Jesson

System Planning Manager, Northern Powergrid


Victoria Gosling

System Planning Engineer, Northern Powergrid


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