Smart Energy in Orkney

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Smart Energy in Orkney

A visit to the Scottish isles of Orkney unveils an innovative smart energy system, writes Anna Stegman, technical liaison manager for the Energy Revolution Integration Service at the Energy Systems Catapult.

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

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Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Ofgem has revealed more details about its review of system operations on both the gas and electricity networks, less than one year since the last major shake-up in the electricity grid.

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

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Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Ofgem has revealed more details about its review of system operations on both the gas and electricity networks, less than one year since the last major shake-up in the electricity grid.

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

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Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas distribution network Cadent has invested in four new police-style patrol bikes for emergency engineers as part of its expanded rapid response fleet.

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

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Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas distribution network Cadent has invested in four new police-style patrol bikes for emergency engineers as part of its expanded rapid response fleet.

Cybersecurity: making smart homes secure

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Cybersecurity: making smart homes secure

Internet-connected smart devices can deliver significant benefits to users' lives, anticipating needs and providing services in areas from entertainment to energy use

Paying for net zero –

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Paying for net zero –

The UK's 2050 net zero emissions commitment has added urgency to calls for a review of the allocation of decarbonisation costs. Jane Gray reports on a recent Network debate event, hosted in association with National Grid.

Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

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Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

The coronavirus outbreak is putting more pressure on global pricing for gas sellers, against the backdrop of an already oversupplied European gas market, causing prices to be pushed even lower.

BEIS spotlights heat networks with consultation and grants

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BEIS spotlights heat networks with consultation and grants

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has welcomed two new government announcements supporting heat networks: a consultation in advance of dedicated legislation and the award of £40m to seven projects through the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).

What can we learn from August 9th?

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What can we learn from August 9th?

The summer of 2019 saw the disconnection of more than a million electricity customers in Britain's largest single electricity system disturbance in over ten years. Here, UKERC co-director, Professor Keith Bell, summarises the findings of the government and regulator investigations into the incident and unpacks potential lessons for the electricity sector and its readiness for further decarbonisation without compromising security of supply.

New energy management models needed after Ofgem review

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New energy management models needed after Ofgem review

Significant changes to network charging methodology announced by Ofgem are likely to have a major impact on industrial and commercial (I&C) energy bills from April 2021, writes Charlie Ward of New Stream Renewables.

Decarbonisation Action Plan targets greenwashed energy tariffs

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Decarbonisation Action Plan targets greenwashed energy tariffs

The energy regulator Ofgem has published its Decarbonisation Action Plan, which has seen support for its targeting of greenwashed energy tariffs.

Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps

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Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps

New Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley used his first day in post to publish the regulator's Decarbonisation Action Plan, setting out nine steps the regulator plans to make in the next 18 months to meet the 2050 net-zero challenge.

Maximising power generation from older landfill sites

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Maximising power generation from older landfill sites

A growing number of organisations responsible for aged landfill sites are facing costly environmental emissions legacies, as many suppliers of landfill gas generation services are walking away, citing diminishing gas yields making it uneconomic. According to Stuart Watson of Ylem Energy - one of the UK's pioneers in landfill generation - this does not have to be the case.

Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO

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Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO

Consumers paid too much for their electricity during the RIIO-1 price control period after Ofgem set performance targets for the network companies too low and allowed them over-generous cost budgets, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Ofgem to review 600 MW Shetland HVDC link plan

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Ofgem to review 600 MW Shetland HVDC link plan

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission) has resubmitted its investment case for a new transmission link for Shetland to energy regulator Ofgem, in a similar proposal to the submission that was put on ice last October.

RIIO-2 business plans fail on net-zero, says Ofgem panel

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RIIO-2 business plans fail on net-zero, says Ofgem panel

Ofgem's RIIO-2 Challenge Group has criticised most of the energy companies that submitted their business plans in December for lacking strategic vision on reaching net-zero, although National Grid ESO was given an honourable mention.

National Grid: 400,000 needed for ‘Net Zero Workforce’

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National Grid: 400,000 needed for ‘Net Zero Workforce’

The energy sector will have to step up on recruitment, training and communications with potential staff to fill 400,000 roles needed to meet the operational requirements of a net-zero energy system by 2050, according to a new report from National Grid.

Hydrogen must benefit UK more than offshore wind, say businesses

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Hydrogen must benefit UK more than offshore wind, say businesses

The government needs to set a policy framework that means the economic advantages of the hydrogen transition benefit businesses and jobs growth in the UK, constrasting with the experience in the offshore wind farm sector, an event heard.

ENA to publish DSO implementation plan summer 2020

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ENA to publish DSO implementation plan summer 2020

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched an eight week consultation on the draft 2020 Work Plan for the Open Networks Project, the cross-sector collaboration that is laying the groundwork for the network operators' transition to become Distribution System Operators (DSO).

IDNO Leep Utilities wins ‘dark kitchen’ contract

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IDNO Leep Utilities wins ‘dark kitchen’ contract

Leep Utilities, a licensed independent distribution network operator (IDNO), has won the contract to operate the electricity networks for six sites operated by commercial kitchen company FoodStars.

Low carbon heat must go electric in 2020, says GSHPA

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Low carbon heat must go electric in 2020, says GSHPA

The chairman of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) has told Network that 2020 will be a key milestone on the road to net-zero, when it plans to "build a significant coalition for the decarbonisation of heat through electrification".

Cadent launches Norfolk solar farm to power its own sites

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Cadent launches Norfolk solar farm to power its own sites

Gas distribution network Cadent is generating renewable electricity with its first solar farm, sited on one of its installations in Brisley, north Norfolk.

2020  vision: Siemens’ outlook on the next 12 months

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2020 vision: Siemens’ outlook on the next 12 months

Will 2020 be a turning point on the road to net-zero? Energy systems specialist Siemens, headed by GB chief executive Carl Ennis, looks ahead to advances in generation, off-grid networks, electric vehicle uptake and corporate transparency.

Energy trading and asset management in a ‘flex’ market

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Energy trading and asset management in a ‘flex’ market

Dominic Fava, head of marketing and propositions at Origami, a provider of energy trading platforms, looks at the difficulties of trading energy in a more flexible - and therefore volatile - electricity market, and how a new generation of smart IT systems will be needed to support energy companies.

Calculating storage and flexibility in a net-zero world

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Calculating storage and flexibility in a net-zero world

Alex Buckman, networks and energy storage practice manager at the Energy Systems Catapult, describes its new Storage and Flexibility Model, a number-crunching tool that can calculate the future storage and renewable generation capacity needed to meet variable demand in a net-zero world.

Squeezing efficiency from energy-from-waste

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Squeezing efficiency from energy-from-waste

A high-efficiency waste gasification demonstrator project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute is producing electricity for the grid, but its sponsoring organisation was wound up at the end of December. Before closing day, ETI project manager Paul Winstanley told Elaine Knutt about what the ETI/Kew Technology Sustainable Energy Centre has achieved, and possible future milestones.

First live hydrogen trials on campus ‘living lab’

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First live hydrogen trials on campus ‘living lab’

Keele University campus has become the site of the UK's first live trial to inject hydrogen into a gas network, in the first of a series of demonstrations by the HyDeploy consortium.

Power companies pay £10.5m for 9 August black out

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Power companies pay £10.5m for 9 August black out

Ofgem's investigation into the 9 August power outages has led to £4.5m pay outs by the owners of two generators - Hornsea One and Little Barford - that lost connection to the grid, as well as £1.5m from UK Power Networks for reconnecting customers too soon.

Queen’s Speech promises net-zero policies in 2020 budget

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Queen’s Speech promises net-zero policies in 2020 budget

The Queen's Speech from the new Conservative government this week reaffirmed its commitment to achieving net-zero and investing in renewable energy, but contained little in the way of detail, promising instead that the first budget will prioritise a range of net-zero enablers.

Ofgem sets ‘tough but fair’ ground rules for RIIO-ED2

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Ofgem sets ‘tough but fair’ ground rules for RIIO-ED2

Ofgem has laid out the underlying framework for the RIIO-ED2 price control period for electricity, ahead of further consultation from the regulator next year to define the specific methodologies.