Customers

The road to RIIO2

Gas

The road to RIIO2

Ofgem should review the detail of the networks' regulatory framework, but not throw the baby out with the bath water, warns Maxine Frerk.

National Grid profits surge

Gas

National Grid profits surge

National Grid Group has announced a substantial rise in profits in the year to the end of March.

Blue: when green just isn’t enough

Gas

Blue: when green just isn’t enough

Customers' views on performance, safety, total cost of ownership and the environment led Siemens to develop its Blue clean air switchgear technology, as Abhishek Sarkar, project manager for gas-insulated switchgear at Siemens, explains.

Labour pledges public ownership of networks

Policy & Regulation

Labour pledges public ownership of networks

Labour has pledged to bring energy networks back under public ownership if it wins power in the general election on 8 June.

Parliamentary hopefuls urged to ‘know their networks’

Gas

Parliamentary hopefuls urged to ‘know their networks’

An industry body has urged candidates for the upcoming general election on 8 June to "know their networks".

Smarter Grid Solutions launches distributed energy arm

Power

Smarter Grid Solutions launches distributed energy arm

Smarter Grid Solutions is seeking new commercial opportunities for its active network management software in the distributed energy resources market.

Flexible Networks: Storage & DSR Conference

Gas

Flexible Networks: Storage & DSR Conference

As energy networks prepare to meet the demands of a flexible power system, Network, the UK's only dedicated media brand for engineers in gas, power and heat networks, is launching Flexible Networks: Storage & DSR - a unique conference exploring today's solutions to tomorrow's challenges.

Network Asset Performance Conference

Gas

Network Asset Performance Conference

With the next round of RIIO on the horizon and consumer and regulator expectations rising at a faster rate than ever before, it is a critical time for energy networks to enhance the performance of their assets.

Rise of small-scale energy growing concern for networks

Policy & Regulation

Rise of small-scale energy growing concern for networks

Network bosses are becoming increasingly concerned over the rapid rise of small-scale energy, according to an annual survey by consultancy firm Accenture.

National Grid Gas Distribution reveals new name

Gas

National Grid Gas Distribution reveals new name

National Grid Gas Distribution is to be renamed as Cadent starting this Tuesday (2 May) following the sale of a majority stake in the business to an international consortium of investors.

Industrial strategy for networks must be ‘hyper-local’

Heat

Industrial strategy for networks must be ‘hyper-local’

Electricity North West has called on the government to take a "hyper-local" approach to networks in its new industrial strategy.

Development of the future energy system – addressing the emerging barriers

Heat

Development of the future energy system – addressing the emerging barriers

The established GB electricity system is facing a period of unprecedented change in terms of the mix and location of generation technologies, the anticipated new demands placed on the system by electrification of heat and transport, and the expected growth of new 'beyond the meter' technologies and services. 

Networks must be at heart of industrial strategy

Gas

Networks must be at heart of industrial strategy

The government must put networks at the heart of its economic plans as the UK moves to a cleaner, more flexible energy system, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) has urged.

Regulator warns of heat network pricing problems

Gas

Regulator warns of heat network pricing problems

Ofgem has warned the Scottish Government against the perils of pricing for heat networks, which could lead to "poor outcomes" for customers.

Mindfulness: AI technology that’s changing the landscape

Gas

Mindfulness: AI technology that’s changing the landscape

When National Grid's discussions with technology provider DeepMind hit the national headlines earlier this year, it became clear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing have the potential to transform the energy industry.

Asset management: moving from reactive to proactive

Gas

Asset management: moving from reactive to proactive

For almost as long as the decades old infrastructure on which the UK's power networks operate have been running, the approach to managing its operation and maintenance has been reactive.

Government must act to prevent energy market civil war

Power

Government must act to prevent energy market civil war

The government must take an active role in the transformation of the UK's energy system to prevent "a war of all against all" in an increasingly polarised energy market, Green Alliance has warned.

Voltage control could save customers millions each year

Power

Voltage control could save customers millions each year

Customers in Great Britain could be saved up to £12 million annually following a year-long trial of voltage controllers in Electricity North West's substations.

Regulator warns of heat network pricing problems

Gas

Regulator warns of heat network pricing problems

Ofgem has warned the Scottish Government against the perils of pricing for heat networks, which could lead to "poor outcomes" for customers.

Ofgem’s targeted charging review

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem’s targeted charging review

Ofgem has recently published what is billed as a potential significant code review on network charging.

EVs: Can they help defer costly reinforcements?

Power

EVs: Can they help defer costly reinforcements?

Look ahead to 2050, and it is expected that every new car and van sold in the UK will be electric, with each petrol powered engine being retired bringing the country closer to a purely electric fleet of vehicles.

Networks head into uncharted territory

Gas

Networks head into uncharted territory

As Britain's seeks to decarbonise its energy system, networks arguably face many of the toughest challenges in the sector.

Five ways LiDAR technology is mapping the future

Power

Five ways LiDAR technology is mapping the future

LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology has hit the headlines recently, but for Distribution Network Operators, the technology is fast becoming business as usual.

New Thames Valley Vision proves success of smart technologies

Heat

New Thames Valley Vision proves success of smart technologies

Low voltage substation monitors, street side battery storage units, and hot and cold thermal storage technology have been successfully trialled in the six year, £30m New Thames Valley Vision (NTVV) innovation project.

Supply deals worth €620m signed for new link with France

Power

Supply deals worth €620m signed for new link with France

Supply deals worth €620 million have been signed for the new IFA2 interconnector which will join the electricity networks of the UK and France. 

Energy storage will allow customers greater flexibility

Gas

Energy storage will allow customers greater flexibility

Energy storage has always been one of the most fundamental parts of any energy system, writes Steve Cox, Engineering and Technical Director at, Electricity North West.

Innovating towards a DSO model

Heat

Innovating towards a DSO model

With over 30 years' service, I can probably now be considered a veteran of the energy network world. While I hate to be reminded I'm not getting any younger, it does allow me to take stock of the changes I've seen in my time working for one of the country's largest and most diverse network operators, writes Stewart Reid, Scottish and Southern Energy's head of Asset Management & Innovation.

Support for heat networks could unlock £22bn of investment

Heat

Support for heat networks could unlock £22bn of investment

Supporting heat networks with low-carbon subsidies and a new regulatory framework could unlock nearly £22 billion of private sector investment between now and 2030, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has claimed.

National Grid completes sale of majority stake in gas distribution networks

Gas

National Grid completes sale of majority stake in gas distribution networks

National Grid has completed the sale of a 61 per cent share in its gas distribution business to a consortium of international investors.

Application window for graduate scheme moves into final days

Gas

Application window for graduate scheme moves into final days

Just seven days remain for young people from across Wales and the south west of England to apply for a place on Wales & West Utilities' graduate programme.

National Grid to be stripped of £277.5m by Ofgem

Gas

National Grid to be stripped of £277.5m by Ofgem

Ofgem plans to claw back £277.5 million from National Grid Gas Transmission's (NGGT's) RIIO-GT1 allowance.