Sunday Interview: 'It’s great to power a world city like London'

Basil Scarsella (right) boss of UK Power Networks Credit: UKPN

"This is why I love coming here.” Basil Scarsella looks towards the twinkle of lights emerging as the early winter darkness draws in.

Between the rooftop of London’s newest electricity substation and the glitter of Canary Wharf lie dozens of construction sites where thousands of homes, businesses and schools will soon emerge as part of London’s steady march towards the east.

Scarsella and his team of engineers are tasked with connecting the former Docklands wasteland to the UK Power Networks’ (UKPN) grid of more than 100,000 miles of wire and cables. The £17m project is part of the largest regeneration programme in Europe.

It is also one of Scarsella’s smaller challenges as the chief executive of Britain’s largest distribution network operators. The company behind the electric pulse of Britain’s capital city is at the centre of the energy industry’s biggest revolution in more than a generation. ...

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