Battersea Power Station fires up again

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Battersea Power Station fires up again

Battersea Power Station has fired up again almost 40 years after it was taken out of service.

An alternative source of power

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An alternative source of power

Drilling has started to build the UK's first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day in Cornwall. Dr Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, provides details of the project and outlines next steps.

Flying the line

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Flying the line

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the only network operator that has its own fleet of helicopters used to detect potential faults on the overhead electricity network. The unit is based at Bristol Airport and Network editor Alec Peachey was invited to take a look around.

Changing fast and slow

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Changing fast and slow

The Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) deputy director (incoming) Dr Joanne Wade talks about the progress that's been made to reduce carbon emissions since the introduction of the Climate Change Act in November 2008.

Ofgem toughens up on energy network returns

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Ofgem toughens up on energy network returns

Ofgem has published plans to slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.

Consumer coalition sets out RIIO2 vulnerability proposals

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Consumer coalition sets out RIIO2 vulnerability proposals

A coalition of consumer organisations has outlined how Ofgem can deliver on its commitment to improve protections for consumers in vulnerable circumstances in the RIIO2 price controls.

Government announces plans to regulate heat networks

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Government announces plans to regulate heat networks

The government has announced plans to implement a heat network regulatory framework to support market growth and ensure customer protection.

Clarke takes up new role at Wales & West Utilities

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Clarke takes up new role at Wales & West Utilities

Chris Clarke has taken up an energy strategy director role at Wales & West Utilities.

Maintaining a resilient energy system

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Maintaining a resilient energy system

"In the future how long can we live without electricity?" asks a group of key decision makers from across the energy sector. A recent report entitled 'Future Resilience of the UK Electricity System' and published by the Energy Research Partnership (ERP) highlights a range of future trends that will need to be acted upon to assure we have a resilient electricity system in the future.

The decarbonisation challenge

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The decarbonisation challenge

Simon Fairman - director, safety and network strategy at Cadent - looks at the role of gas and hydrogen powered vehicles in helping to reduce emissions.

Local energy planning needed to meet decarbonisation targets

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Local energy planning needed to meet decarbonisation targets

Local authorities should have more of a say in the planning of their energy systems and infrastructure to meet decarbonisation targets at the least cost, according to a study carried out by the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC).

Innovation for the nation

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Innovation for the nation

Decarbonisation is changing the energy system rapidly and the way in which energy is produced, supplied and consumed is already very different from only a few years ago. Randolph Brazier, head of innovation at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), looks at some of the key trends in this space.

Cadent invests £10m in four energy sites

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Cadent invests £10m in four energy sites

Gas network Cadent is investing more than £10 million to completely rebuild four key energy sites.

Government must heed ‘nightmarish’ black out warning

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Government must heed ‘nightmarish’ black out warning

GMB, the energy union, has called on the government to heed 'nightmarish' blackout warnings from the Institute of Engineering and Shipbuilding in Scotland.

Survey highlights pivotal role for gas networks

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Survey highlights pivotal role for gas networks

A survey carried out by Accent on behalf of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) shows that senior government and business leaders back a pivotal role for gas networks in the future.

Halliwell appointed customer champion at Electricity North West

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Halliwell appointed customer champion at Electricity North West

Jeff Halliwell has been appointed as Electricity North West's first ever independent customer champion.

Network Awards deadline extended

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Network Awards deadline extended

The deadline to get your entry in for the Network Awards has been extended until next Thursday (6 December).

ENA launches Winter Resilience Committee

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ENA launches Winter Resilience Committee

The Energy Networks Association has announced the launch of its Winter Resilience Committee which has been setup to protect six million vulnerable people across the UK.

£15m funding could see hydrogen trialled on gas network

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£15m funding could see hydrogen trialled on gas network

Plans to use hydrogen to help heat UK homes took a big step forward earlier this week with a £14.9 million funding boost.

Winners of Ofgem’s 2018 network innovation competitions announced

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Winners of Ofgem’s 2018 network innovation competitions announced

Ofgem has announced the winners of its 2018 network innovation competitions with four projects set to share funding of £46.8 million.

Millions of homes could be fuelled by hydrogen under £22bn plan

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Millions of homes could be fuelled by hydrogen under £22bn plan

Millions of homes across the North of England could be converted to run on hydrogen, according to a report published today (23 November).

Report claims hydrogen could help decarbonise energy system

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Report claims hydrogen could help decarbonise energy system

A new report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system.

Putting a plan into action

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Putting a plan into action

On the 10th anniversary of the Planning and Energy Act 2008, Ian Manders tells how it became law and gives examples of successful application by local planning authorities.

Smart storage

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Smart storage

The launch last year of the Government-backed Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan was a milestone on the road to a smarter energy system in the UK. The plan outlined the way in which continued decarbonisation of the economy and greater adoption of renewable energy could be supported by energy storage and demand side response (DSR) services. Ben Hargreaves reports.

SP Energy Networks awards £20m green funding

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SP Energy Networks awards £20m green funding

SP Energy Networks has unveiled 13 projects that will receive funding from its £20 million Green Economy Fund.

Virtual monitoring tool will help identify EV hotspots

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Virtual monitoring tool will help identify EV hotspots

ElectraLink has partnered with Western Power Distribution (WPD) on a project that will allow the network operator to understand the impact of electric vehicles and other low carbon technologies on its network.

Report identifies heat network cost savings

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Report identifies heat network cost savings

The capital costs of UK heat networks could be reduced by 30-40%, according to a report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Drilling starts at UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant

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Drilling starts at UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant

Drilling has started this week to build the UK's first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day in Cornwall.

Capturing carbon

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Capturing carbon

The Energy Systems Catapult's 'Rethinking decarbonisation incentives' project is taking a fresh look at how the UK could reform policies to promote clean growth and efficient economy-wide decarbonisation over the long term. Last month leading industry voices took part in a roundtable discussion hosted by Network and the Catapult to discuss the different sector drivers, and future options for policy reform. Adam John was there.

Hydrogen trial given green light

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Hydrogen trial given green light

A trial that will explore the potential of injecting zero-carbon hydrogen into the natural gas network has been given the go-ahead by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

One month left to enter the Network Awards

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One month left to enter the Network Awards

The entry period for the 2019 Network Awards is coming to a close with just under a month left to submit your entries.