National Grid goes green in world first substation gas trial

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National Grid goes green in world first substation gas trial

One of National Grid's substations will be the first in the world to use a new 'green' environmentally friendly alternative to SF gas when it is energised this month.

Gas network achieves pinnacle of customer service

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Gas network achieves pinnacle of customer service

Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has become the first gas network to be certified for accreditation for helping its vulnerable customers.

BEIS eyes storage for black starts

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BEIS eyes storage for black starts

The scope for large-scale energy storage to provide black start services to the national grid in the event of a system failure has been recognised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) within a new funding competition for large-scale batteries.

Q & A:  The smart meter rollout

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Q & A: The smart meter rollout

International engineering solutions company Actavo announced in October last year that it has built on its existing partnership with big six supplier Scottish Power by winning a five-year contract to deliver most of the programme to install smart meters in 1.5 million homes in Scotland.

NGN partners in £30m integrated energy centre

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NGN partners in £30m integrated energy centre

Northern Gas Networks has partnered with the Centre for Integrated Energy Systems to set up a £30m research and demonstration facility for multi-vector energy systems.

Given the green light: gas

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Given the green light: gas

Both of the network innovation competition submissions for gas made the cut in the latest round of innovation funding. Network runs through the projects and Ofgem's pointers for next year.

Align network price controls to boost innovation

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Align network price controls to boost innovation

Ofgem should change to regulatory price control periods for gas and electricity networks in order to encourage joint investment planning and a "whole system" approach to decarbonisation, according to a leading academic.

GDN CO charity fund aims to boost awareness of silent killer

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GDN CO charity fund aims to boost awareness of silent killer

A new charitable fund designed to encourage new and innovative ideas around raising awareness of the risks, dangers and symptoms of CO has been launched by the four distribution network operators.

National Grid – The electricity sector’s ringmaster

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National Grid – The electricity sector’s ringmaster

National Grid is set to legally separate its system operator function from the rest of its business following proposals from Ofgem. Nigel Hawkins considers the significance of the decision.

Gas grid connections best way to combat fuel poverty

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Gas grid connections best way to combat fuel poverty

Installing gas central heating in homes which currently rely on electricity for warmth is the best way to combat fuel poverty, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has argued in a new report.

Manchester explosion was not due to network fault

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Manchester explosion was not due to network fault

National Grid Gas Distribution has verified that a suspected gas explosion in Blackley, Manchester was not due to any faults in its network.

Gas: four paths to 2050

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Gas: four paths to 2050

National Grid is to boost customer engagement to provide a clearer picture of the future of the gas transmission system

Power play: an interview with John Pettigrew

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Power play: an interview with John Pettigrew

What does the energy system's most influential chief executive think about current transformation challenges?

WWU: storage costs of electrifying Cornwall could tip £36bn a year

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WWU: storage costs of electrifying Cornwall could tip £36bn a year

The total annual capital cost of the electricity storage necessary to meet the heat, light and power requirements of Cornwall through low carbon sources alone by 2050 could reach £36,784 billion.

Utility Week Live 2017

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Utility Week Live 2017

Utility Week Live is the UK's only exhibition dedicated to the UK's gas, electricity and water industries, connecting Britain's utilities to their suppliers, contractors and partners. It provides the chance for exhibitors to come face-to-face with the key strategic, operational and engineering decision-makers, at the big energy companies, network operators and major water companies.

Wasted resource – the future of energy from waste

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Wasted resource – the future of energy from waste

Advanced Plasma Power and National Grid have joined forces to commercialise the decarbonising potential of energy from waste.

The next steps for innovation

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The next steps for innovation

Ofgem has concluded that support for network operators to innovate should continue, but with a tighter budget and increased competition.

GIB commits £35m to energy-from-waste-plant

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GIB commits £35m to energy-from-waste-plant

Green Investment Bank has committed £35 million of senior debt to the construction of a new energy-waste-plant in North Wales.

Editor’s note: Planning New Year’s resolutions

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Editor’s note: Planning New Year’s resolutions

Network's editor suggests Ofgem's recent LCNF review is a good place for networks seeking self improvement to find inspiration.

RHI review seeks to boost energy from waste

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RHI review seeks to boost energy from waste

A review of the Renewable Heat Incentive has set new feedstock requirements for biogas manufacture which will encourage the production of energy from waste.

Storage providers among capacity market winners

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Storage providers among capacity market winners

At least 169MW of energy storage will be brought forward with support from capacity market contracts beginning October 2020.

Ofgem awards £44.6m to six smart grid projects

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Ofgem awards £44.6m to six smart grid projects

Ofgem has awarded £44.6 million of funding to six projects aimed at developing smarter energy grids.

North-south divide driving transmission investment

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North-south divide driving transmission investment

National Grid has identified potential network capacity deficits arising from increasing north-to-south electricity flows in Scotland and England.

North-south divide driving transmission investment

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North-south divide driving transmission investment

National Grid has identified potential network capacity deficits arising from increasing north to south electricity flows in Scotland and England.

National Grid: Gas network must be ‘more flexible’ to deal with volatility

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National Grid: Gas network must be ‘more flexible’ to deal with volatility

The gas transmission network will need to become "more flexible" to deal with the growing volatility of supply and demand, National Grid has said in a new report.

National Grid opens pioneering BioSNG plant

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National Grid opens pioneering BioSNG plant

National Grid Gas Distribution and technology partners have officially opened a green gas plant in Swindon which will provide 22GWh of energy a year.

Making the case for innovation

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Making the case for innovation

With innovation funding hanging in the balance, Duncan Botting urges all those with an interest in maintaining the funding mechanism make their voice heard.

LCNI: clarity, collaboration, and customer

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LCNI: clarity, collaboration, and customer

Scottish and Southern Electricity Network's Stewart Reid draws out his top three themes from this year's Low Carbon Networks Conference.

Developing domestic hydrogen appliances ‘needs strong policy direction’

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Developing domestic hydrogen appliances ‘needs strong policy direction’

Developing domestic appliances such as boilers and cookers that use 100% hydrogen instead of natural gas is possible with "strong policy direction" from government.

Barry Sheerman MP demands ‘smart’ action on CO dangers

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Barry Sheerman MP demands ‘smart’ action on CO dangers

At the start of this year's carbon monoxide awareness week, Barry Sheerman is calling for the full potential of the smart meter rollout to be utilised to promote CO safety.

Green gas could heat majority of homes in Britain, says Ecotricity

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Green gas could heat majority of homes in Britain, says Ecotricity

Ecotricity has revealed new plans that could heat 97% of homes in Britain using green gas made from grass.