Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid



ACE Project Killhope.jpgThree Weardale Valley community groups have been awarded a share of an £1,800 prize fund after taking part in Activating Community Engagement (Ace), a project ran by the region’s electricity distributor, Northern Powergrid.

The project, which ran as a pilot scheme in the Weardale Valley, was setup to see how flexible customers could be with their electricity supply use when incentivised with the opportunity to win a cash prize for a local community group or good cause of their choice.

Staff from the company, which delivers power to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, met with the winning teams to hand over the cheques and congratulate those who took part.

Emma Burton, Northern Powergrid’s project engineer, said: “The project was designed to be a fun and interactive way of rewarding customers for making small changes to how and when they use electricity whilst allowing them to help benefit a local community group or good cause of their choice.  Our partner GenGame has designed a fantastic website which enables customers and groups to monitor how they are doing and compete against other teams, as well as taking part in mini challenges.

“It was really good to be able to meet the winning teams and hand over the prizes. We’re already getting excited for the next stage in the project which will be extended out to the whole of County Durham.”

Three local community groups were handed a cheque for their winning share of the £1,800 competition fund. First prize went to Friends of Killhope with Staindrop Scouts and Cowshill Village Hall winning second and third prizes respectively.

The Activating Community Engagement (ACE) project will soon launch its second community prize fund, open to community groups across County Durham, and there will also be the opportunity for individuals to take part in the project by playing GenGame, a fun online energy game, where you earn points for being flexible with your electricity consumption. In return, you receive a free smart plug (one per household) worth £50 and the chance to win high street and music vouchers just for being flexible with how and when you use electricity. For more information about how you can get involved visit the project’s website at

If your community group is based in the County Durham region and would like to earn additional funding through taking part in the next phase of the project, please sign up here.

Notes to editor:

  • Image of Northern Powergrid’s Emma Burton (far right) and members of the Friends of Killhope.