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Electricity Council

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March 1960.
March 1968.
March 1979.
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September 1987.
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1958 As a result of the 1957 Electricity Act the Electricity Council was set up as one of 2 bodies which replaced the Central Electricity Authority.

The Electricity Council was a governmental body set up to oversee the electricity supply industry in England and Wales. The Council's responsibilities included:

  • advising the Secretary of State for Energy on matters relating to the electricity supply industry in England and Wales.
  • helping the Electricity Boards in England and Wales to improve efficiency.
  • advising on the financing of the industry in England and Wales.
  • organising certain research.
  • maintaining the industry-wide industrial relations machinery.

1964 Took over the Leatherhead testing house of the Electrical Development Association (EDA), being renamed the Appliance Testing Laboratories.

1965 Established the Electricity Council Research Centre at Capenhurst in Cheshire. This establishment undertook research and investigative work, on behalf of the Area Boards, relating not only to distribution plant and systems but also to creating new marketing opportunities for the sale of electricity.

1966 the Council took over responsibility from the Electrical Development Association for all national promotional work carried out on behalf of the Area Boards, which later became the Council's marketing department.

2001 The Council was formally wound up by the The Electricity Council (Dissolution) Order 2001, made under the Electricity Act 1989, to be replaced by the Electricity Association.[1]

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  • History of Electricity Council [1]