Industry views on blackout

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Industry views on blackout

With National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) set to provide a final detailed report on last month's blackout to Ofgem today (6 September), a selection of industry experts provide analysis of what happened and lessons that need to be learnt.

Gas and electricity infrastructure well protected, report finds

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Gas and electricity infrastructure well protected, report finds

A record 62% of all UK excavation work is now preceded by a thorough search for underground assets, such as pipes and cables, according to a report by LSBUD (Linesearch BeforeUdig).

Turning ambition into action

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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.

Catapult chooses five SMEs for Innovator Support Platform

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Catapult chooses five SMEs for Innovator Support Platform

Five SMEs working on innovative heating and cooling solutions have been selected by Energy Systems Catapult to receive tailored business incubation and acceleration support.

Call for more local energy trials at universities

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Call for more local energy trials at universities

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the government to support more local energy trials on UK university campuses.

Hydrogen project wins government funding

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Hydrogen project wins government funding

SGN will be able to progress a study into the supply of green hydrogen after being awarded £500,000 of funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant developed

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UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant developed

Aldridge-based Kew Technology, in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has developed the UK's first municipal waste gasification plant which can be used to produce clean electricity, heat, hydrogen and liquid fuels from waste.

ETI report highlights hybrids as option for decarbonising HGVs

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ETI report highlights hybrids as option for decarbonising HGVs

Bridging the gap to zero emission HGVs may require hybrid vehicles, according to a report released by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Report finds lightning strike played a part in blackout

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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.

Professor Helm calls for action following power cuts

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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.

Renewable gas injected into Ireland’s network

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Renewable gas injected into Ireland’s network

Gas Networks Ireland has confirmed that locally produced renewable gas has been successfully injected into Ireland's gas network for the first time.

Leadsom sets out scope of investigation into power cuts

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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.

National Grid CEO responds to power cut criticism

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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

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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.

Major power cut could have been prevented, expert claims

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Major power cut could have been prevented, expert claims

Friday's (9 August) major power cut was caused by an issue known to National Grid and could have been prevented, according to an expert from energy storage company Anesco.

Networks meet to review major outage

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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.

Ofgem consults on RIIO-ED2 approach

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Ofgem consults on RIIO-ED2 approach

Ofgem has opened a consultation on its proposed approach to the next price control for the electricity distribution networks.

Northern Gas Networks running ‘heating for health’ trial

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Northern Gas Networks running ‘heating for health’ trial

Northern Gas Networks and National Energy Action are running a year-long trial to find out if warmer homes can improve health and wellbeing.

Electricity North West owners sell 50% stake in business

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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.

SP Energy Networks reveals net zero plans

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SP Energy Networks reveals net zero plans

SP Energy Networks has revealed plans to help cities, towns and rural communities across Scotland achieve 'net zero' - including the electrification of transport networks.

Leep Utilities awarded contract to power Liverpool’s waterfront

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Leep Utilities awarded contract to power Liverpool’s waterfront

Leep Utilities has been awarded a contract to own and operate a new electricity network that will power a development on Liverpool's waterfront.

Raft of measures designed to transform energy system

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Raft of measures designed to transform energy system

The government has published a package of proposed measures to support the decarbonisation of the UK's energy system.

Ofgem hits back over climate change criticism

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Ofgem hits back over climate change criticism

Ofgem has hit back following criticism that it is out of touch over climate change.

Ofgem chairman visits heat network

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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.

Ofgem’s RIIO2 proposals could hinder net zero plans

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Ofgem’s RIIO2 proposals could hinder net zero plans

The chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) says Ofgem's current proposals for RIIO2 could have a negative impact on the regulator's ability to support and facilitate the government's net zero ambitions.

NGN using robot to carry out gas pipe repairs

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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.

Work on £20m heat network gets underway

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Work on £20m heat network gets underway

Construction work is underway on Manchester's £20 million Civic Quarter Heat Network (CQHN).

SGN and Murphy enter JV

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SGN and Murphy enter JV

SGN and Murphy have entered into a new 50:50 joint-venture in utility asset ownership.

Hydrogen’s role in the future UK energy system

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Hydrogen’s role in the future UK energy system

The Energy Research Partnership (ERP) recently brought together a range of stakeholders from across the energy sector to review the role of hydrogen to help decarbonise the UK energy sector. Their findings will be reported in July and the group has concluded that hydrogen, working together with the low carbon advances made in the electricity sector, has a potential role to play in meeting the needs of a future low or zero-carbon energy system in the UK.

Achieving the right climate

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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.

Gas’s role in a renewable world

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Gas’s role in a renewable world

Steve Urquhart, business development manager - distributed energy systems at Siemens looks at why we still need gas in a renewable world.