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UTILITY Week 2nd December 2016

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Electricity Network Connection Surgeries Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) for the Midlands, the South West and South Wales. We operate the regional electricity network and provide new connections to homes, businesses and generation sites at voltages from 230 volts to 132,000 volts. Ahead of applying to us for a new connection and particularly for Generation Connections, our customers and Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) often have questions and want to understand more about the process, timescales, technical matters, consents/legal requirements and possible constraints of making a connection to the network in a particular area. The surgeries will run on the dates listed below and enable interested parties (like landowners, ICPs, developers and community groups) to make a 45 minute appointment with an engineer to discuss their requirements and the connection process, ahead of making an actual application for a connection to the network. FOR WPD CUSTOMERS AND INDEPENDENT CONNECTION PROVIDERS Connection surgery dates Our connection surgeries will be held at various WPD offices and will be as close as possible to where most participants live. 31st March 2016 16th June 2016 8th September 2016 8th December 2016 Midlands: South West & Wales: 0800 121 4909 wpdconnectsurgeries@westernpower.co.uk Please mention that your enquiry is for connection surgeries when you call. If you are unable to attend one of our Connection Surgeries, on the dates listed above, we can accommodate an individual consultation with one of our engineers. For details of our operational area please visit our website www.westernpower.co.uk 0800 028 6229 National Grid's Chris Murray calls time It has been announced that on completion of 40 years' service with National Grid and following the implementation of the UK Link/Nexus programme, Chris Murray, currently Chief Executive of gas market operator Xoserve Limited, will be leaving the company in the Summer of 2017. The announcement has been made now so that the Xoserve Board can start the process of identifying Chris's successor. Having started his career as a graduate trainee in the old East Midlands region of British Gas, Chris rose to hold several top level industry roles and established both Accord Energy as an independent electricity business and Phoenix Natural Gas in Northern Ireland. In more recent times Chris held multiple directorate leads in National Grid and was instrumental in getting the UK through some of its toughest winters before taking on the Xoserve CEO role where he has lead the company into the prestigious Sunday Times "Top 100 companies to work for" index for the past four years. Chris holds a number of Non-Executive roles and will continue to work in the Non-Executive arena following his departure from National Grid. Chris is passionate about people, equality and the skills challenge and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year's honours list in recognition of his contribution to skills and charity fundraising.

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