Vehicle-to-grid tech in homes could shrink bills by £300

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Vehicle-to-grid tech in homes could shrink bills by £300

The final report from a research project that looked at how much UK households could save if they stored and shared electricity in EV batteries has calculated that a figure of £300 a year is possible.

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.

Energy sector urges politicians to unite for net-zero

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Energy sector urges politicians to unite for net-zero

Energy businesses, academics and trade bodies are among 40 organisations and individuals that have signed an open letter calling on political leaders to form a post-election pact on achieving net-zero.

Liverpool plugs in district heat for new science campus

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Liverpool plugs in district heat for new science campus

A combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre buried below a 14 storey car park in Liverpool is set to become a key source of low carbon energy for a £1bn new life science campus.

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.

UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites

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UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched what is believed to be the UK's largest ever tender for flexibility services and storage, highlighting 115 sites where renewables could boost network capacity and reduce costs for customers.

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?

‘Low cost’ substation monitor passes DNO field trials

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‘Low cost’ substation monitor passes DNO field trials

Western Power Distribution and 42 Technology, an innovation and product development consultancy, have announced the completion of six months of field trials for FuseOhm, a device that monitors performance parameters in electricity substations.

Developing leaders for a low-carbon future

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Developing leaders for a low-carbon future

Tom Naughton, an associate at London based heat network consultancy FairHeat, describes its award-winning graduate training programme, and why similar schemes are vital to the sector's future.

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

OPSS advises on new heat network notification rules

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OPSS advises on new heat network notification rules

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the government agency responsible for enforcing the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, has announced changes to the official notification process for heat network operators.

“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.

The road to a low carbon future

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The road to a low carbon future

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) EV readiness manager, Richard Hartshorn, discusses the distribution network operator's role in the transition to a low carbon world for drivers, tourists and consumers.

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.

Humber plan for 2040 zero carbon cluster centres on Drax

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Humber plan for 2040 zero carbon cluster centres on Drax

Plans to develop a zero carbon "industrial cluster" in the Humber region based on a hydrogen production facility at Yorkshire's Drax plant plus carbon capture and storage (CCUS) under the North Sea have been outlined in a new report by the Zero Carbon Humber partnership.

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.

Local authorities are advancing the pace on net-zero

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Local authorities are advancing the pace on net-zero

Many local authorities want to over-achieve on the government's 2050 ambitions, but how can network operators work in partnership with them to achieve an early net-zero? Womble Bond Dickinson's Charles Robson, partner, and Andrew Hirst, managing associate, set out some ideas.

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.

Labour outlines fast track to zero carbon energy by 2030

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Labour outlines fast track to zero carbon energy by 2030

The Labour Party has unveiled a report setting out an accelerated plan to fully eliminate carbon emissions from the UK's energy system by 2030, including goals of installing 8 million heat pumps and insulating 27 million homes.

‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

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‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

Highview Power, the company promoting "liquid air" as a storage medium for surplus electrical energy, last week announced plans to construct the first commercial scale battery facility using the technology, at a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England.

Dealing with a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down

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Dealing with a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down

What might happen to a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down? Phil Lawton, power systems practice manager at the Energy Systems Catapult, asks and answers a difficult question

UK needs ‘Olympic’ delivery body to drive shift to net zero heating, says think tank

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UK needs ‘Olympic’ delivery body to drive shift to net zero heating, says think tank

MPs and members of the public are equally in the dark over the urgency of decarbonising the heat network, raising the need to establish a powerful new body to coordinate the complex task, according to a report by cross-party think tank Policy Connect.

Eden Project wins £16.8m to drill for geothermal heat

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Eden Project wins £16.8m to drill for geothermal heat

Cornwall Council has committed nearly £10m of its remaining EU grant funding to coax a project to supply deep geothermal heat and power to the Eden Project visitor attraction and education centre over the starting line.