BRIGHTON Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas toured one of the city’s electricity substations.

The Green MP Lucas visited a main substation which recently underwent a £1.2 million upgrade.

UK Power Networks is upgrading the traditional infrastructure in Brighton.

It is also aiming to create a smart, flexible electricity network.

Ms Lucas said: “It was great to have a tour of the main electrical substation in Brighton and to see the recent £1.2 million investment in the Brighton electricity network.

“I was pleased to hear the work UK Power Networks is doing to help support renewable energy generation and electric vehicles on the network, to achieve a decarbonised and decentralised energy system.”

Mark Adolphus, director of connections at UK Power Networks, said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with one of Britain’s foremost environmental politicians to share the work we are doing to develop a smart, flexible grid that supports low carbon technologies.

“Our networks enable people to make green lifestyle choices, whether that is connecting an electric car, installing solar panels or selling their own power while continuing to keep down the costs of delivering reliable electricity to millions of homes.

“As society moves away from centralised, fossil-fuel based power stations to thousands of smaller generators who are consuming and exporting intermittent electricity, it’s crucial we continue adapting to meet people’s changing needs.”

UK Power Networks recently became a principal supporter of Community Energy England to offer support to community energy groups.

The company delivers electricity to 18 million people through a large network of cables, substations and power lines and about 60 community energy groups operate in the areas it serves.

Pictured: Caroline Lucas with Mark Adolphus and Chris Stephenson.