Northern Powergrid



AutoDesignNorthern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has won a prestigious awards for its ‘Game Changing’ new tool AutoDesign at the virtually hosted Network Awards.

AutoDesign which was developed by Northern Powergrid and EA Technology is revolutionising the electric vehicle (EV) connections process. The intuitive online system is underpinned by real-world network data and dramatically reduces the time it take to get a cost for new EV charger installation from 10 days to just 10 minutes. It allows users to easily identify the most viable and cost-effective locations for new low voltage network connections and will help accelerate the uptake in EVs.

Patrick Erwin, Policy and Markets Director at Northern Powergrid, said: “It’s wonderful recognition for the team to win a Network Award for AutoDesign. The new tool really is a game changer when it comes to the connections process. With a statutory obligation to meet clean air targets and social responsibility to encourage low carbon transport EV charging points, Local Authorities in our region are already using AutoDesign to identify the best locations to install new EV charging infrastructure.

“We’re encouraging more customers to use our new AutoDesign tool and are already planning to further develop the tools functionality and uses based on current feedback and look forward to future feedback as more users try it.”

Now in its second year, the Network Awards was virtually hosted on the 23 July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and celebrated the UK’s gas, power and heat networks and the surrounding supply chain to celebrate the amazing people, teams, projects and innovations that have helped shape the industry.

Last year, at the inaugural Network Awards, Northern Powergrid’s Activating Community Engagement project won the Partnership Initiative of the Year award and was highly commended in the Innovation Project of the Year – Electricity.

The full list of the awards categories and winners can be found here.