ESSA and NEC plan testing for venue's plug and play electrics

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) have agreed to carry out structured testing of the new plug and play system at the events hub.

Taking place over a period of three months, the analysis will aim to provide all parties with fair and accurate timings and costs to make electrical mains available for a show.

The NEC, one of the West Midlands' major venues, will select a number of events for testing which cover all aspects encountered across the range of shows that take place at the centre.

ESSA will be responsible for setting the scope and framework of the measures and the testing will aim to take into account as many variables as possible.

"The results of the programme of trials will provide ESSA and the NEC with the information needed to find a mutually agreeable solution and a platform from which we can drive new and effective working practices," said ESSA director Chris Skeith.

It was announced in February that the plug and play two-tier price structure for electrics would be introduced from April 1st.

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