28 Feb 2018
Smart Street Closedown Event

End of the road for Smart Street

We have now completed our Smart Street trials. Over the next two months we will analyse the results from the project and share our findings with our stakeholders.

The £11.5 million Smart Street project trialled innovative voltage control techniques to enable our networks and customers’ appliances to perform more efficiently and make it easier to adopt low carbon technologies onto the electricity network.
During the trials we collected system data over a two-year period which was passed to our academic partners for analysis. This has enabled us to compare Smart Street data with normal network operation and calculate the overall benefits of the project. Initial academic reports published at the halfway point of the trials showed that Smart Street will deliver energy savings by stabilising and reducing voltage but without impacting power quality.
In January and February we are holding a final series of focus groups to understand any impact on the 67,000 customers served by the trial circuits in Manchester, Wigan, Wigton and Egremont. Customers taking part in our previous focus groups confirmed that they hadn’t noticed any changes.
If you would like to find out more about the findings from the Smart Street project we are holding a closedown event on 28 February 2018 in Manchester. Our project closedown report and a series of detailed academic reports will be published on our website in April 2018.