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.

“We need to retrain boiler engineers in low carbon heat skills”

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“We need to retrain boiler engineers in low carbon heat skills”

With heat decarbonisation rising up the agenda, the UK needs a new programme to re-skill gas boiler engineers and plumbers in decarbonised heat technology, says Network Awards 2020 judge Lily Frencham of the Association for Decentralised Energy.

H21 project highlights potential of hydrogen

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H21 project highlights potential of hydrogen

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system. Network editor Alec Peachey examines the progress being made and some of the challenges that remain.

Adopting new technology: the view from Senergy

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Adopting new technology: the view from Senergy

In our latest interview with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) on their work with the networks, Network speaks to Senergy chief executive Christine Boyle MBE.

Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says

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Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says

National Grid's latest Systems Outlook Report offers reassurance that the domestic gas and electricity networks will have enough supply to meet winter demand even if Dutch and Belgian gas interconnectors were cut off on "day one" of a no deal exit.

Powervault tie-up drives Kaluza network expansion

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Powervault tie-up drives Kaluza network expansion

Kaluza, the technology platform for smart energy devices launched by green power supplier OVO Group, has launched a new tie-up with Powervault, the UK based storage battery supplier.

Network Awards 2020: setting the standard

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Network Awards 2020: setting the standard

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

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Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

Ofgem has launched its annual State of the Market report, which shows that the UK continues to be a global leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, although progress is slowing.

BEAMA launches national infrastructure campaign

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BEAMA launches national infrastructure campaign

BEAMA has launched a new campaign which is focused on creating a fit for purpose supply chain for critical national infrastructure.

Network Awards 2020

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Network Awards 2020

Bringing together the UK's gas, power and heat networks and the surrounding supply chain to celebrate achievements across the industry.

ADE director stands down

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ADE director stands down

Dr Tim Rotheray has stepped down from his role as director of the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

Meeting demand

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Meeting demand

This section features regular interviews with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to highlight the work they're doing with networks and the types of technologies that are driving innovation forward. This month, Dr Matthew Trewhella - managing director of Kensa Contracting - is the focus.

Network Awards 2020 open for entries

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Network Awards 2020 open for entries

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light once more on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

BEAMA members commit to net zero

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BEAMA members commit to net zero

A number of BEAMA's member companies have made a commitment to reduce their emissions to net zero by 2050.

ESC calls on SMEs to apply for Innovation Support

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ESC calls on SMEs to apply for Innovation Support

The Energy Systems Catapult is inviting SMEs focused on 'digital platforms and data services' to apply for the third intake of their Innovator Support Platform to receive tailored business incubation and acceleration support.

Net-zero at heart of upcoming conference

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Net-zero at heart of upcoming conference

The subject of net-zero will be at the heart of this month's Network Asset Performance Conference in Birmingham with industry experts providing their views on how to deliver the asset base for the net-zero challenge.

Unlocking asset infrastructure

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Unlocking asset infrastructure

The UK's energy networks are under mounting pressure to accommodate new and increasing demands. From regulatory restrictions and the uptake of distributed generation to the increase in electric vehicles and renewable energy solutions, the challenges for existing asset infrastructure are varied and complex. Nadine Buddoo reports.

Bristol aiming to become first zero-carbon smart city

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Bristol aiming to become first zero-carbon smart city

Bristol City Council has launched a global search to deliver up to £1 billion of investment to support its ambition to become the UK's first carbon neutral city by 2030.

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.

Accelerating the EV revolution

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Accelerating the EV revolution

Matthew Boulton, chief commercial officer at Pivot Power, discusses how the company is working at a local level to speed up the decarbonisation of transport.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

50MW battery will help power £41m Energy Superhub

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50MW battery will help power £41m Energy Superhub

A 50MW grid-scale battery that can store enough electricity to supply nearly 6,000 homes for a day from a single charge will be built at Cowley electricity sub-station, supporting a new £41 million Energy Superhub in Oxford.

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.