Customers

Turning ambition into action

Gas

Turning ambition into action

The launch of SSEN Transmission's draft business plan includes an ambition to tackle climate change, connect more renewable energy and transport it across the country. Managing director Rob McDonald tells Network editor Alec Peachey how the company is going to achieve this.

NPG appoints McCracken as chair of CEG

Power

NPG appoints McCracken as chair of CEG

Northern Powergrid has appointed Justin McCracken as the chair of its new customer engagement group (CEG).

Former Ofgem director appointed as chair of CEG at SPEN

Customers

Former Ofgem director appointed as chair of CEG at SPEN

John Howard has been appointed as the chair of SP Energy Networks new RIIO-ED2 Customer Engagement Group (CEG).

SSEN to carry out £3m network upgrade

Customers

SSEN to carry out £3m network upgrade

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is investing £3 million to boost the resilience of the network in the Fleet and Camberley areas.

Northern Powergrid carrying out substation upgrade

Power

Northern Powergrid carrying out substation upgrade

Northern Powergrid is carrying out a £4 million upgrade to a substation which will help maintain the reliability of electricity supplies to more than 90,000 customers.

Aberdeen set to benefit from £10m electricity network boost

Power

Aberdeen set to benefit from £10m electricity network boost

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is set to spend £10 million on improving the electricity network in Aberdeen and the city's surrounding areas.

Report finds lightning strike played a part in blackout

Gas

Report finds lightning strike played a part in blackout

An interim report from National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) says that a lightning strike and the sudden loss of two large electricity generators was to blame for this month's blackout.

Networks must consider needs of vulnerable customers, analysis shows

Power

Networks must consider needs of vulnerable customers, analysis shows

Analysis carried out on behalf of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) shows that network operators must ensure that vulnerable customers are not left behind as the UK works towards net zero.

Professor Helm calls for action following power cuts

Gas

Professor Helm calls for action following power cuts

Professor Dieter Helm has given his reaction to the power cuts that caused widespread disruption across the UK's energy and transport networks.

Leadsom sets out scope of investigation into power cuts

Gas

Leadsom sets out scope of investigation into power cuts

The government has set out the scope of its review into the actions of the National Grid Electricity System Operator after Friday's power cuts.

Ofgem calls for greater gender balance

Power

Ofgem calls for greater gender balance

Ofgem has called on the industry to achieve better gender balance and wants its own workforce to be 50% female at all levels by 2025.

New subsea cable to Cumbrae goes live

Power

New subsea cable to Cumbrae goes live

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) project to replace one of the two electricity subsea cables connecting Bute and Cumbrae is now complete.

Ofgem sets deadline for power cut report

Power

Ofgem sets deadline for power cut report

Energy regulator Ofgem has written to the National Grid Electricity System Operator requesting an "urgent interim report" into last week's major power cut by Friday (16 August).

National Grid CEO responds to power cut criticism

Gas

National Grid CEO responds to power cut criticism

National Grid Group chief executive John Pettigrew says lessons can and must be learnt following Friday's power cut which left thousands of customers without power. Here, he responds to criticism over its role in the incident.

Government launches investigation into major power outage

Gas

Government launches investigation into major power outage

The government has launched an investigation into the power cut on Friday (9 August) that led to major disruption across the UK's power and transport networks.

Networks meet to review major outage

Gas

Networks meet to review major outage

Transmission and distribution leaders have gathered for an initial review of the circumstances which led to a major power outage across large parts of the UK power grid.

Connection options highlighted in ENA consultation

Customers

Connection options highlighted in ENA consultation

Standardising the way connection requests are handled across all network operators is something that is being considered as part of a consultation on application interactivity and connection queue management.

Network project update w/c 29 July 2019

Power

Network project update w/c 29 July 2019

With various network upgrades and projects taking place across the UK Network provides a roundup for the week commencing 29 July.

WPD signs demand side management agreement with Anesco

Customers

WPD signs demand side management agreement with Anesco

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has signed a demand side management agreement with battery storage provider Anesco.

Electricity North West owners sell 50% stake in business

Gas

Electricity North West owners sell 50% stake in business

The owners of Electricity North West have sold a 50% share of the business to investors composed of Equitix and a consortium led by Kansai Electric Power Co.

ENW highlights innovative schemes to Ofgem

Customers

ENW highlights innovative schemes to Ofgem

Electricity North West recently showcased some of its innovative projects to senior figures from energy regulator Ofgem.

Ofgem chairman visits heat network

Gas

Ofgem chairman visits heat network

Ofgem chairman Martin Cave recently visited Energetik's energy centre in Arnos Grove to find out more about Enfield Council's heat network company, its best practice and how it protects customers.

EV smart charging marketplace trial launched

Power

EV smart charging marketplace trial launched

UK Power Networks has launched a new trial called Shift that will see up to 1,000 electric vehicle owners offered financial incentives to charge their vehicle off-peak.

UKPN and National Grid carrying out £20m network upgrade

Power

UKPN and National Grid carrying out £20m network upgrade

UK Power Networks and National Grid are delivering a £20 million electricity upgrade in Hertfordshire.

NGN using robot to carry out gas pipe repairs

Gas

NGN using robot to carry out gas pipe repairs

Northern Gas Networks is using a robot called STAN to travel through underground pipes and carry out repairs.

Electric Nation findings call for EV tariffs

Customers

Electric Nation findings call for EV tariffs

Western Power Distribution (WPD) says that the findings of its Electric Nation project prove that well-designed EV tariffs plus smart charging systems can save electric vehicle (EV) drivers money.

Achieving the right climate

Gas

Achieving the right climate

With the Government committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050, networks will be key in the facilitation of decarbonisation. Here, Network puts a special focus on the topic of decarbonisation as part of its Network of the Future campaign.

Using asset replacement to improve power reliability

Power

Using asset replacement to improve power reliability

Jonathan Hopkins, EMEA sales director at S&C Electric Company, discusses the importance of replacing ageing assets.

Keeping power cuts to a minimum

Power

Keeping power cuts to a minimum

As recent events in South America have proven, power cuts can cause widespread disruption, even if they only last a few hours. Network talked to operators in the UK to find out how they are building a more resilient grid and tackling the issue.

Challenges around RIIO2

Policy & Regulation

Challenges around RIIO2

Mark Fitch, an energy regulation expert at PA Consulting, asks will Ofgem's RIIO2 decision dampen the network companies' energy for moving to net zero?

WPD spending £9m to boost Coalville power network

Power

WPD spending £9m to boost Coalville power network

Western Power Distribution (WPD) will spend £9 million on improving power supplies in and around Coalville in Leicestershire.