Customers

Privatised networks deliver better customer service, report claims

Power

Privatised networks deliver better customer service, report claims

Electricity networks are more efficient and deliver better service in private ownership, according to a global report by leading global economic consultancy NERA.

£3.2m power upgrade in West Byfleet

Power

£3.2m power upgrade in West Byfleet

UK Power Networks is carrying out a £3.2 million upgrade to the electricity network in West Byfleet.

National Grid sets out RIIO2 spending plans

Gas

National Grid sets out RIIO2 spending plans

National Grid will spend £7.4 billion on electricity transmission over the RIIO2 price control period, according to figures unveiled in its draft business plan which has been submitted to Ofgem's RIIO2 Challenge Group.

SSEN picks ZIV to provide ANM solutions

Customers

SSEN picks ZIV to provide ANM solutions

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has chosen ZIV Automation to provide active network management (ANM) solutions.

£1.4bn spending plan unveiled by SP Energy Networks for RIIO2

Power

£1.4bn spending plan unveiled by SP Energy Networks for RIIO2

SP Energy Networks has set out plans to spend £1.4 billion on its transmission network between 2021 and 2026.

ENA says simplicity is key to unlocking potential of flexibility

Power

ENA says simplicity is key to unlocking potential of flexibility

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has called for simplicity when it comes to providing access to flexibility markets.

Range of renewable technologies needed to cope with extreme weather, report claims

Gas

Range of renewable technologies needed to cope with extreme weather, report claims

The future UK energy system must be able to cope with extreme weather events and will rely on a diverse range of renewable generation technologies in order to do so, according to a report.

Embracing change

Gas

Embracing change

Andreas Lips, general manager, e-mobility, Shell - talks to Network editor Alec Peachey about how the energy and transport sectors are aligning to accommodate the millions of expected electric vehicles on UK roads.

SSEN Transmission publishes future business plan for consultation

Gas

SSEN Transmission publishes future business plan for consultation

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' Transmission has published its 'A Network for Net Zero' report which outlines plans for the future of the north of Scotland electricity transmission system.

WPD calls on more women to take up roles in engineering

Customers

WPD calls on more women to take up roles in engineering

More women are needed to take up roles in engineering, according to Western Power Distribution (WPD), the country's largest electricity distribution operator.

Networks unveil electricity flexibility commitment

Heat

Networks unveil electricity flexibility commitment

Britain's electricity grid operators have unveiled a new flexibility commitment to help shape the way network infrastructure will be run.

UK energy professionals deliver industry verdict

Heat

UK energy professionals deliver industry verdict

Professionals working across the UK energy industry have today (20 June) delivered their verdict on the state of the sector in the Energy Institute's (EI) annual survey.

SP Energy Networks completes £4m Edinburgh upgrade

Power

SP Energy Networks completes £4m Edinburgh upgrade

SP Energy Networks has completed a £4m project to modernise a key part of the power network in Central Scotland.

First blockchain based grid asset register launched

Customers

First blockchain based grid asset register launched

Electron, National Grid Electricity System Operator, SP Energy Networks and UK Power Networks have joined forces to create a shared register for generation and storage asset data.

Taskforce sets out recommendations to modernise energy system

Power

Taskforce sets out recommendations to modernise energy system

Digitalisation sits at the heart of five key recommendations set out by the Energy Data Taskforce that it says will modernise the UK energy system.

Ofgem outlines strategy to help vulnerable consumers

Customers

Ofgem outlines strategy to help vulnerable consumers

Energy regulator Ofgem has set out a five point plan to help vulnerable consumers.

£3.8m network boost for Western Isles

Power

£3.8m network boost for Western Isles

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has completed a £3.8 million programme of works to reinforce and improve the electricity network in the Western Isles.

International award for UKPN

Power

International award for UKPN

UK Power Networks has received international recognition for its work including the development of a smart grid.

UKPN appoints chair for customer engagement group

Power

UKPN appoints chair for customer engagement group

UK Power Networks has appointed Ann Bishop as chair of its RIIO-ED2 customer engagement group (CEG).

Innovation delivered

Heat

Innovation delivered

The pace of change across the UK's gas, power and heat networks continues to advance. At the heart of this change lies collaboration and innovation. With this in mind editor Alec Peachey spoke to UK Power Networks head of innovation Ian Cameron about the work the network operator is doing.

Customers overcharged by £24bn due to regulator error, Citizens Advice claims

Power

Customers overcharged by £24bn due to regulator error, Citizens Advice claims

Regulators have allowed water, energy, broadband and telephone networks to overcharge customers by £24.1 billion over the past 15 years, according to research carried out by Citizens Advice.

Unexploded stash of grenades unearthed by power engineers

Power

Unexploded stash of grenades unearthed by power engineers

Engineers from SP Energy Networks discovered a stash of 70 unexploded Home Guard phosphorous grenades while carrying out routine improvement works in Dumfries & Galloway.

Ofgem confirms RIIO2 price control methodology

Gas

Ofgem confirms RIIO2 price control methodology

Ofgem has confirmed plans to almost slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.

Cadent agrees to pay £24m for past failings

Gas

Cadent agrees to pay £24m for past failings

Cadent has agreed to pay £24 million and establish a £20m community fund after an intervention from energy regulator Ofgem over three serious failings.

Need for EV infrastructure highlighted at Utility Week Live

Heat

Need for EV infrastructure highlighted at Utility Week Live

A representative from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has set out the types of infrastructure required to support the rollout of electric vehicles.

Meeting net zero target requires urgent electricity system overhaul

Gas

Meeting net zero target requires urgent electricity system overhaul

The operation of the electricity system must be urgently overhauled if the UK is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, without burdening consumers with unnecessary costs, an industry figure has warned.

Vattenfall wins first power network contract in UK

Gas

Vattenfall wins first power network contract in UK

Vattenfall Networks, the UK's newest independent electricity network provider, has won its first distribution network contract with Helvellyn Group.

Investing in the energy decarbonisation transformation benefits consumers

Gas

Investing in the energy decarbonisation transformation benefits consumers

National Grid's head of regulatory finance, Darren Pettifer, says that Ofgem's plans to slash in half the returns that energy networks can earn could put at risk a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system, and prevent longer-term benefits to consumers.

SSEN customers offered flexible connection option

Customers

SSEN customers offered flexible connection option

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will offer flexible connections to all of its customers.

Drone project begins flight trials on energy network assets

Gas

Drone project begins flight trials on energy network assets

A project, exploring how drone technology can be used to inspect network infrastructure, is set to begin conducting trials on both the electricity and gas networks this spring.

UKPN announces flexibility tender results

Power

UKPN announces flexibility tender results

UK Power Networks has announced the results of a tender to procure flexible energy services.