The Info List - East Midlands Electricity

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The East Midlands
East Midlands
Electricity Board (EMEB) was formed in 1947 as one of the 12 area electricity boards specified under the Electricity Act 1947.


1 Supply area 2 History 3 Privatisation 4 See also 5 External links

Supply area[edit]

UK supply areas

It covered a large area: from Chesterfield
in Derbyshire, to Newport Pagnell (near modern-day Milton Keynes), in Buckinghamshire, and from Coventry
in the west to Skegness
in the east. Its headquarters were on Coppice Road in Arnold, a suburb of the city of Nottingham. History[edit] It was required to supply electricity to homes, and businesses, as regulated by the Act, and under terms of reference from the Electricity Council, and the CEGB. In many towns, the board opened showrooms, to provide customer service facilities (such as paying bills), as well as demonstrating, and supplying the latest electrical goods to customers. The post-war period was one of incredible growth for the electricity industry. The pre-war National Grid system was vastly expanded, and many new power stations were opened, across the region. One major customer was British Rail. When the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
was electrified in the 1960s, and the East Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
in the 1980s, the electricity boards were required to supply the lines passing through their territory with electricity supplied direct from the National Grid. Privatisation[edit]

East Midlands
East Midlands
Electricity shop in Lincoln High Street in May 1990

In 1987, the Conservatives’ election manifesto committed the party to further privatisation of nationalised industries, and the electricity industry was to be one of these. In March 1990, the board became East Midlands
East Midlands
Electricity plc, a new ‘regional electricity company’. In December 1990 it floated on the stock market. Although operations continued as usual for a few years, the business began to be separated, and broken up. The electricity showroom and sales business merged with those of other companies into the Powerhouse chain, in 1994/5. In November 1995, the company split into three divisions of distribution, metering and supply. In 1996, the company was bought by Dominion Resources
Dominion Resources
for £1.3bn in December 1996. In September 1998, EME’s distribution, and supply business was bought by Powergen
for £1.9bn, ensuring the business remained vertically integrated. The EME brand was not replaced until 1999, although the distribution business continued under the EME brand until it merged with Central Networks
Central Networks
in 2004.

EMEB substation built in 1963 in Crowland

See also[edit]

(formerly Powergen) Public electricity supplier

External links[edit]

Aerial photograph of the EMEB headquarters in Arnold

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Former Area Electricity Boards from 1948

North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board South West Scotland Electricity Board South East Scotland Electricity Board (these two merged in 1955 to form the South of Scotland Electricity Board) North Western Electricity Board North Eastern Electricity
Eastern Electricity
Board Yorkshire Electricity
Yorkshire Electricity
Board Merseyside and North Wales Electricity Board East Midlands
East Midlands
Electricity Board South Wales Electricity Board Midlands Electricity
Midlands Electricity
Board Eastern Electricity
Eastern Electricity
Board South Western Electricity Board Southern Electricity Board London Electricity Board South Eastern Electricity
Eastern Electricity

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Electricity generation
Electricity generation
in the East Midlands

Power stations






Cottam Ratcliffe-on-Soar West Burton


Castle Donnington Drakelow High Marnham Northampton Spondon Staythorpe Wilford Willington



Corby Cottam Derwent Spalding Staythorpe Sutton Bridge West Burton





Beeston Torrs




Burton Wold Conisholme Deeping St Nicholas Lincs Lindhurst Lynn and Inner Dowsing


Race Bank Triton Knoll


East Midlands
East Midlands
Electricity Opus Energy Pre-nationalisation electr