We've Got The Power: UK Electricity Distribution

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A FREE CSES talk for the public, in partnership with IET, by Graham Livings, Project Manager at National Grid.

Pylons across fields at sunrise

As more people become convinced of the need to transition from Fossil Fuels to "cleaner" energy it is clear that the amount of electricity we use will increase significantly in the coming decades. But there is no magic wand to wave which will make this happen! What are the technical challenges of creating more electricty and getting it to where it is needed? How do we improve the nation's infrastructure to better balance supply with demand?

Norwich to Tilbury is a proposal by National Grid Electricity Transmission (National Grid) to reinforce the high voltage power network in East Anglia between the existing substations at Norwich Main in Norfolk, Bramford in Suffolk, and Tilbury in Essex, as well as connect new offshore wind generation and an interconnector with mainland Europe.

The proposals include building over 180 km of new electricity transmission reinforcement between Norwich and Tilbury. This will be made up mostly of overhead lines and pylons, along with some underground cables and a new 400 kV substation. Our proposals are part of The Great Grid Upgrade – the largest overhaul of the grid in generations.

The route of the new line, coming as it does through parts of Chelmsford, is a subject of emotional debate. This talk IS NOT part of that debate, it will focus upon the Technical, Scientific and Engineering aspects of the project and, with that in mind, questions to the speaker will be limited to those which focus on those areas.

With extensive experience of working in the transport and electrical transmission sectors, Graham Livings is currently a project manager for National Grid’s Norwich to Tilbury project. He has worked for National Grid for 13 years, taking a leading role in overseeing the design of infrastructure to deliver electricity safely, reliably and efficiently to the customers and communities National Grid serves. Graham has a background rooted in engineering, having graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Civil Engineering.

Refreshments will be available from 30 minutes before the advertised start time.

A CSES Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will follow this talk: please see details here.


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21 February 2024 from 19:00 to 21:00
Anglia Ruskin University (Room QUE 101)
Queen's Building
Bishop Hall Lane
United Kingdom
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