MPs On Powerful Fact Finding Visit

Milton Keynes two MPs have paid a return visit to Western Power Distribution (WPD) to find out more about the future of the energy industry.

Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart visited a customer in the Furzton area of Milton Keynes to learn about WPD’s LV Connect and Manage trial.

The one-year trial has provided households with state-of-the-art batteries so customers can store the energy they generate from solar panels and use it as and when they need it.

At full capacity the battery is able to power an average home for a day, meaning that customers can reduce their reliance on electricity from the grid. Alternatively, they could use the power to charge electric vehicles.

The MPs were also given an update on Electric Nation, Europe’s largest electric vehicle trial. Electric Nation aims to develop the necessary smart charging solutions to enable electricity networks to provide for the growing demand for vehicle charging.

WPD’s Mikhail Prokhnich, who is leading the LV Connect and Manage trial, said: “We were delighted to host this visit. This trial will help us determine the feasibility of this type of exciting new technology in supporting the electricity network in the future.”

Mark Lancaster added: “We are a city renowned for innovation and I’m delighted that WPD has chosen Milton Keynes as the place to trial the project.  It has clearly had a positive impact on the local residents so far and I look forward to seeing the outcome at the end of the trial.”

Iain Stewart commented: “It was good to talk with residents partaking in the trial. Whilst it is early days they were impressed with the initial savings in their electricity costs and the benefit to the environment.”