Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution
Industry Electricity
Founded 1999
Headquarters Head Office: Avonbank, Bristol with regional offices throughout Wales, South West England and the Midlands, Control Centre, Central Dispatch & Contact Centre Based in Lamby Way, Cardiff
Area served
Wales & South West, East Midlands & West Midlands
Products Electricity distribution
Services Energy
Parent PPL
Website www.westernpower.co.uk

Western Power Distribution is the trading identity of four electricity distribution companies - WPD South West (operating in South West England), WPD South Wales (operating in South Wales) and WPD Midlands (operating in East Midlands and West Midlands). All of the companies act as the distribution network operator for their respective regions, and are registered in Bristol, England. Western Power Distribution currently serves approximately 7.7 million customers over its combined distribution areas.

Western Power Distribution is a subsidiary of the American utility corporation PPL.[1]

It should not be confused with WPD, a wind farm company in north-western Europe, or Western Power Corporation, an electricity distributor in Australia.

Company history

WPD South West

In 1998 WPD South West was formed from the demerger of the electricity distribution arm of SWEB.[2]

WPD South Wales

On 15 September 2000 PPL purchased Hyder for £565m and sold Welsh Water and other interests, leaving the electricity distribution arm Infralec which was renamed WPD South Wales.[2][3][4]

WPD Midlands

In April 2011 E.on's Central Networks (the Distribution Network Operator for the East & West Midlands) was purchased by PPL for £3.5 billion and rebranded as Western Power Distribution.


  1. Western Power Distribution, PPLWeb.com
  2. 1 2 http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/who_owns_whom.pdf
  3. BBC News | BUSINESS | Hyder faces fresh battle
  4. Western Power Distribution

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