Bristol’s bold leap of faith

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Bristol’s bold leap of faith

Like many local authorities, Bristol City Council isn't waiting for government to lead in the net-zero challenge; it's identified £1bn of decarbonisation projects and is seeking a private sector "strategic partner" to make them happen. Councillor Kye Dudd tells Network's Elaine Knutt about the plan.

Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

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Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

At Vaisala, as well as supplying world-class measurement equipment for monitoring transformer oil, we are also here to make sure our customers can get the most out of their monitoring equipment, and help take the stress out of getting it up and running.

SSEN projects £2.4bn investment in RIIO-T2 plan

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SSEN projects £2.4bn investment in RIIO-T2 plan

SSEN Transmission, responsible for the north of Scotland electricity transmission system, has submitted its RIIO-T2 business plan to energy regulator Ofgem, with a plan to invest £2.4bn.

Hydrogen boilers: here today, in your home tomorrow

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Hydrogen boilers: here today, in your home tomorrow

Martyn Bridges, director of technical communication and product management at boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch, says that he doesn't need a crystal ball to discern the future of domestic heat - in the company's labs, prototype hydrogen boilers are up and running.

More excavation searches  benefit asset owners

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More excavation searches benefit asset owners

Richard Broome, managing director at LSBUD (Linesearch BeforeUdig), an online asset search facility, discusses its recent report, "Digging Up Britain 2019" and its findings on safe excavation work in the utilities industry.

AMT transformers to cut power losses in Northern Powergrid trial

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AMT transformers to cut power losses in Northern Powergrid trial

Northern Powergrid is trialling a new type of transformer that can dramatically reduce power losses, becoming the UK's first distribution network operator (DNO) to trial the equipment.

SSEN wins £9.5m for low-carbon emergency power study

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SSEN wins £9.5m for low-carbon emergency power study

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured over £9.5m of funding from Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition (NIC), for a project examining new solutions for network resilience in a low carbon world.

Ofgem backs H21 hydrogen project with £6.8m grant

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Ofgem backs H21 hydrogen project with £6.8m grant

H21, the programme from the UK gas industry to work towards converting the network to carry 100% hydrogen, has been awarded £6.8m in Ofgem innovation funding to support a second phase of research and development.

Only joined-up policy will pave the way to net-zero

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Only joined-up policy will pave the way to net-zero

The Johnson government, and now the party manifestos, have provided plenty of promising ideas on decarbonisation, but delays on implementation and lack of cohesion between different agendas mean that good ideas are getting lost, argues James Basden, founded and director at battery storage company Zenobe Energy.

Consumers back hydrogen for heating but fear cost hikes

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Consumers back hydrogen for heating but fear cost hikes

The majority of the UK public would support hydrogen blending as a stop-gap to decarbonise domestic heating supply, but a potential increase in energy bills is a significant concern, the latest research from Newcastle University has revealed.

Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

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Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

New cloud-based software for Integrated Energy System (IES) planning and analysis has been developed by researchers at Southeast University (SEU) in China, led by Dr Suyang Zhou and Professor Wei Gu.

Consumer power key to heat pump roll-out, says HPA

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Consumer power key to heat pump roll-out, says HPA

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has launched a new report, "Delivering net zero: A roadmap for the role of heat Pumps", outlining the heat pump industry's readiness to deliver decarbonisation of heat.

Making climate change local with UK100

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Making climate change local with UK100

Global cities have the C40 grouping, and now local councils have the UK100 group to raise ambitions and share know-how on the clean energy agenda. The organisation's Hywel Lloyd and Polly Billington explain the challenge, especially with RIIO-2 on the horizon.

Labour’s nationalisation plan adds ‘Big Six’ to DNOs

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Labour’s nationalisation plan adds ‘Big Six’ to DNOs

Labour has extended its renationalisation agenda with plans to bring the supply arms of the Big Six energy companies into public ownership, a surprise move announced at its manifesto launch on 21 November that has prompted concern in the sector.

“Winning means you have impressed your colleagues”

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“Winning means you have impressed your colleagues”

As the deadline for entering the Network Awards 2020 approaches, Network is asking the judging panel for their tips on writing an impactful entry that stands out from the crowd. John Parsons, director of digital at the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association, hopes to find a sector clued up on cyber security and digitalisation.

Seven tower blocks replace gas with GSHP technology

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Seven tower blocks replace gas with GSHP technology

Residents in seven tower blocks in Sunderland will become green heat pioneers at the conclusion of a new project to install low carbon ground source heat pumps in 364 homes in place of gas boilers.

ENA launches election wish list for net-zero

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ENA launches election wish list for net-zero

As the general election campaign moves up a gear, energy network companies have called on political leaders to commit to taking bold action to achieve net-zero.

“We’re having joint conversations, but behind on 2050”

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“We’re having joint conversations, but behind on 2050”

Dr Sara Walker, a reader in energy in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, is joining the judging panel for this year's Network awards. With the deadline now extended until 16 December - to accommodate essential RIIO-2 submissions - what does the judging panel hope will be in store?

ETI calls for ‘smart’ charging and incentives on EV adoption

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ETI calls for ‘smart’ charging and incentives on EV adoption

A new report by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) argues that "smart" charging is needed to support the widespread integration of electric cars and vans into the energy system to meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets.

Europe-wide survey scores GB low on electricity system flexibility

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Europe-wide survey scores GB low on electricity system flexibility

Great Britain ranks eighth out of nine northern European countries in attracting and facilitating investment in electricity system flexibility, says a new industry report published by the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA).

Getting green networks up to speed

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Getting green networks up to speed

Decarbonising heat will involve a future switch to hydrogen, but how should that hydrogen be produced? And as consumers and businesses adopt EVs and take to the roads, are the network operators fully prepared? Tom Grimwood reports on the topics that topped the agenda at this year's Network Asset Performance Conference in Birmingham

“Awards help us to understand the art of the possible”

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“Awards help us to understand the art of the possible”

Paul Jordan, business lead for the Innovator Support Platform at the Energy Systems Catapult, will be joining the Network Awards 2020 judging panel. We asked him how he sees the role of awards events amid the wider challenges the sector faces.

ESC launches modelling tool for 2050 scenario planning

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ESC launches modelling tool for 2050 scenario planning

The Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has launched a new software modelling tool that can weigh up different scenarios on how national, regional and local energy networks in the UK can use storage and flexibility technologies to decarbonise at least cost.

Cadent to pipe bio-gas to HGV refuelling stations

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Cadent to pipe bio-gas to HGV refuelling stations

An alternative fuel company has announced plans to offer HGV fleet operators biomethane gas - piped through the gas network - as an alternative to diesel that can achieve net zero emissions.

Getting the power back on

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Getting the power back on

National Grid ESO is aiming for a world first - coordinating multipe distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide a safe Black Start service in its Distributed ReStart project. Alec Peachey spoke to project lead Peter Chandler.

An alternative route to Black Start

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An alternative route to Black Start

Electricity interconnectors are increasingly adding flexibility to the high voltage network in Great Britain. But can their convertor capacity also offer a Black Start service to the grid? Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi and colleagues at the National HVDC Centre, operated by Scottish Hydro Electricity, discuss its recent scenario planning around an interconnector Black Start.

Hydrogen boilers, CCUS and biogas critical to net-zero heat, says ENA report

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Hydrogen boilers, CCUS and biogas critical to net-zero heat, says ENA report

The government should mandate "hydrogen ready" boilers for new installations in domestic properties as part of a radical strategy to deliver a zero carbon heat network by 2050, concludes a major new report outlining a viable pathway for decarbonised heat in the UK.

Opening the doors to diverse talent

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Opening the doors to diverse talent

The demand for power is rising, amidst ongoing skills shortages in transmission and distribution. We need to shout about our successes to attract more women, career changers and apprentices, says Laura Hatfield, recruitment consultant at Samuel Knight International.

Grenfell report praises Cadent operation to seal gas mains

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Grenfell report praises Cadent operation to seal gas mains

"Clarity of planning and careful execution" allowed Cadent gas engineers to cut off three gas mains near to Grenfell Tower at the height of the emergency, helping to bring the fire under control after gas sustained the fire in its later phases, the official inquiry has found.

Net-zero will need a regulation review, contractor warns

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Net-zero will need a regulation review, contractor warns

New thinking on energy regulation that better supports network investment will be required if the UK is going to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to Burns and McDonnell, a US based engineering and construction business operating in the UK since 2017.

Wales and West signs up to Welsh ‘net-zero ready’ 2035 target

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Wales and West signs up to Welsh ‘net-zero ready’ 2035 target

Wales and West Utilities, the gas distribution network operator for Wales, has become the first company to sign up to the Welsh government's Climate Change Pledge, committing itself to having a "net-zero ready" gas network by 2035.