Customers

SSEN carrying out power upgrade in Reading

Power

SSEN carrying out power upgrade in Reading

Work by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to upgrade and strengthen the power supply in Reading has entered the next phase.

Bringing innovation to life: a whole-system approach

Gas

Bringing innovation to life: a whole-system approach

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), discusses the importance of a whole system energy approach and looks ahead to this year's Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI) in Telford.

How gamification can support the energy transition

Heat

How gamification can support the energy transition

Gamification enables companies to create customer experiences that take on game-like qualities - proving valuable in improving user-engagement across many industries. Northern Powergrid's innovation project manager, Andrew Webster, explores what makes game-playing a potential winner for the energy industry and explains how to harness this technology to benefit customers and the power network.

The data revolution for asset management

Power

The data revolution for asset management

Data is already shaping our world, but how we use it could revolutionise asset management. Phil Dingle, marketing director at Lucy Electric, discusses the issue.

NGN sets up customer engagement group

Gas

NGN sets up customer engagement group

Northern Gas Networks has set up an independent customer engagement group.

NIC to carry out regulation study

Policy & Regulation

NIC to carry out regulation study

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is to examine regulation of the UK's energy, telecoms and water industries.

Electricity flexibility project gets Ofgem green light

Heat

Electricity flexibility project gets Ofgem green light

SP Energy Networks Project Fusion will get underway this month (October) after energy regulator Ofgem confirmed its funding for the scheme.

Cadent using ‘Gas Bots’ to carry out pipe repairs

Gas

Cadent using ‘Gas Bots’ to carry out pipe repairs

Cadent is using innovative 'Gas-Bots' to carry out repairs to gas pipes in London.

UK Power Networks announces 25 ‘flexibility first’ zones

Power

UK Power Networks announces 25 ‘flexibility first’ zones

UK Power Networks has announced ambitious plans to procure more than 100MW of flexibility services from distributed energy resources (DER).

EV project recognised by Ofgem

Customers

EV project recognised by Ofgem

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has been awarded a discretionary reward of £300,000 from Ofgem's Low Carbon Networks Fund for its My Electric Avenue project.

ENW to deliver upgrade in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Power

ENW to deliver upgrade in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Engineers from Electricity North West have started an essential £15,000 power upgrade project in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Networks funding adjustment requests given green light

Gas

Networks funding adjustment requests given green light

Energy regulator Ofgem has confirmed that network companies can apply for additional allowances to cover extra costs in their price controls, which had not been forecast when they were agreed.

AI could halve the number of power cuts

Power

AI could halve the number of power cuts

Artificial intelligence (AI) could help predict and prevent power cuts before they happen, potentially helping to halve the number of outages.

Research shows EV take up remains low

Power

Research shows EV take up remains low

New research carried out by Electricty North West shows that just two per cent of British drivers currently own an electric car.

Enabling the smart energy networks of the future

Gas

Enabling the smart energy networks of the future

Dr Peter Couch, chief executive officer of the Joint Radio Company (JRC), highlights the importance of smart telecommunication technologies.

Understanding assets

Gas

Understanding assets

Energy systems are changing and balancing the need to upgrade the networks for the future customer while maintaining the operational performance and affordability needed today is key. Ben Hargreaves reports.

Online portal could boost renewable generation

Power

Online portal could boost renewable generation

UK Power Networks is testing a new online portal that could save as much in carbon emissions as planting a forest 2.5 times the size of the city of London every year and reduce costs by at least £1 million a year.

Storm causes damage to electricity network in NI

Power

Storm causes damage to electricity network in NI

Storm Ali has caused significant damage to the electricity network in Northern Ireland.

Lake District scenery enhanced as power lines removed

Power

Lake District scenery enhanced as power lines removed

Electricity North West is working to remove decades-old overhead power lines and electricity poles in the Lake District.

Creating certainty

Heat

Creating certainty

Following the CMA's recent announcement recommending regulation of the heat network market, Jody Pittaway from SSE Enterprise Heat looks at why this is a welcome development for the industry.

Embracing change

Gas

Embracing change

Akshay Kaul, director of network price controls at Ofgem, speaks exclusively to Network editor Alec Peachey about the regulator's stakeholder engagement incentive and a range of other subjects including RIIO2, innovation and the future energy system.

Making networks tick

Customers

Making networks tick

Maxine Frerk, director at Grid Edge Policy and former senior partner networks at Ofgem, looks at the subject of network charging.

WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions

Customers

WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has agreed a new enterprise licence deal with Western Power Distribution (WPD), which will see the network operator deploy ANM Strata software across its entire network area.

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

Heat

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

SP Energy Networks are planning to work with Fife Council and other partners, to create a new online energy marketplace to trade people's electricity.

WPD carrying out pole upgrade

Customers

WPD carrying out pole upgrade

A project to upgrade low voltage poles that have been in place since 1956 on the Isles of Scilly is being carried out by Western Power Distribution.

Ofgem visits SGN’s Paisley depot

Gas

Ofgem visits SGN’s Paisley depot

SGN recently welcomed visitors from energy regulator Ofgem to its Paisley depot.

The pillars of policy

Gas

The pillars of policy

How do you create infrastructure policy in an uncertain world? A recent roundtable discussion hosted by Network and National Grid sought to find out. Tom Grimwood was there.

Two-year anniversary for 105 power cut number

Power

Two-year anniversary for 105 power cut number

The free 105 power cut number continues to perform well with figures showing that it has been used more than three million times since it was launched two years ago today (6 September).

Mackay visits Smarter Grid Solutions

Customers

Mackay visits Smarter Grid Solutions

Derek Mackay, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Finance, visited the head office of Smarter Grid Solutions earlier this week.

Networks renewable improvements save customers £40m

Power

Networks renewable improvements save customers £40m

Four electricity networks have joined forces to create a programme of improvements that will keep more renewable energy flowing onto local networks and save customers across Great Britain £40 million.

RIIO-T2 consultation launched by SP Energy Networks

Heat

RIIO-T2 consultation launched by SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks has launched a public consultation to help plan the future of electricity transmission in Scotland as part of its five-year investment plan for RIIO-T2.