Achieving climate targets

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Achieving climate targets

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has published an update to its energy system scenarios, depicting two different potential pathways to UK decarbonisation by 2050. Scott Milne, report author, explains why the scenarios not only show plausible routes to meet UK climate targets but also highlight the UK's potential to go further to reach a 'net zero' future.

Network explains heat networks

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Network explains heat networks

Commonplace in Europe and gaining in popularity here, recent Government research has shown customers on heat networks on average pay £100 a year less than those on gas and report similar satisfaction with service.

ETI report recommends increased biomass production

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ETI report recommends increased biomass production

A new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) provides a series of recommendations to support the development of bioenergy to cost effectively decarbonise the UK energy system.

Collaborative energy project hosts Cabinet Secretary visit

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Collaborative energy project hosts Cabinet Secretary visit

A project that's exploring the future use of smart hybrid gas and electric heating systems in homes received a visit from members of the Welsh Government.

Industry recognised at Decentralised Energy Awards

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Industry recognised at Decentralised Energy Awards

Staff working in the decentralised energy industry were recognised at the Decentralised Energy Awards 2018 earlier this week.

Siemens and University of Oxford partner to undertake research study

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Siemens and University of Oxford partner to undertake research study

Siemens and the University of Oxford have been awarded funding from Innovate UK to develop a feasibility study to assess the value of creating a virtual private wire network (VPWN) to centrally manage the energy use of a site with multiple locations and energy sources.

£320m investment for heat networks

Heat

£320m investment for heat networks

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) - a major Government project which will invest £320 million of capital funding in heat network projects.

New heat network council launched

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New heat network council launched

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has launched the Heat Network Industry Council with the objective of supporting Government in achieving its vision of achieving a sustainable industry.

UK set for surge in plants producing ‘green gas’

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UK set for surge in plants producing ‘green gas’

The UK is expected to see a big increase in biomethane plants with predictions of a 50% rise in the number operating by 2020.

ENA launches best-practice guides for flexibility services

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ENA launches best-practice guides for flexibility services

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched five best-practice guides designed to help distributed energy generators and local energy players with business planning and investment decisions.

ETI outlines energy system scenarios

Gas

ETI outlines energy system scenarios

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has highlighted two different energy scenarios that demonstrate how the UK could decarbonise heat to meet its 2050 climate change targets.

IGEM chosen to develop new hydrogen standards

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IGEM chosen to develop new hydrogen standards

The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has been chosen to develop hydrogen standards for the government's £25 million research and innovation programme.

How gamification can support the energy transition

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How gamification can support the energy transition

Gamification enables companies to create customer experiences that take on game-like qualities - proving valuable in improving user-engagement across many industries. Northern Powergrid's innovation project manager, Andrew Webster, explores what makes game-playing a potential winner for the energy industry and explains how to harness this technology to benefit customers and the power network.

Supply chain evolution

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Supply chain evolution

The UK's energy sector faces significant challenges with the proliferation of new technology, shifting consumer expectations, sustainability targets and regulatory uncertainty. So how is the supply chain adapting to meet the changing needs of clients and the wider industry? Costain's Cameron Tonkin - sector director, power - speaks to Network.

Bringing innovation to life: a whole-system approach

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Bringing innovation to life: a whole-system approach

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), discusses the importance of a whole system energy approach and looks ahead to this year's Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI) in Telford.

Electricity flexibility project gets Ofgem green light

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Electricity flexibility project gets Ofgem green light

SP Energy Networks Project Fusion will get underway this month (October) after energy regulator Ofgem confirmed its funding for the scheme.

Enabling the smart energy networks of the future

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Enabling the smart energy networks of the future

Dr Peter Couch, chief executive officer of the Joint Radio Company (JRC), highlights the importance of smart telecommunication technologies.

Understanding assets

Gas

Understanding assets

Energy systems are changing and balancing the need to upgrade the networks for the future customer while maintaining the operational performance and affordability needed today is key. Ben Hargreaves reports.

Judges confirmed for Network Awards

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Judges confirmed for Network Awards

The judges have been announced for the 2019 Network Awards.

Report highlights hydrogen opportunities

Gas

Report highlights hydrogen opportunities

Scotland and North East England offer the best opportunities for successful hydrogen production hubs, according to a report from the Policy Exchange's energy team.

Creating certainty

Heat

Creating certainty

Following the CMA's recent announcement recommending regulation of the heat network market, Jody Pittaway from SSE Enterprise Heat looks at why this is a welcome development for the industry.

New gas connection scheme launched in Bracknell

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New gas connection scheme launched in Bracknell

Network operator Cadent and Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) have launched a new gas connection scheme in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Network Awards launched

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Network Awards launched

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

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SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

SP Energy Networks are planning to work with Fife Council and other partners, to create a new online energy marketplace to trade people's electricity.

The pillars of policy

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The pillars of policy

How do you create infrastructure policy in an uncertain world? A recent roundtable discussion hosted by Network and National Grid sought to find out. Tom Grimwood was there.

RIIO-T2 consultation launched by SP Energy Networks

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RIIO-T2 consultation launched by SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks has launched a public consultation to help plan the future of electricity transmission in Scotland as part of its five-year investment plan for RIIO-T2.

Demand for gas in Ireland reaches all-time high

Gas

Demand for gas in Ireland reaches all-time high

Natural gas demand for power generation hit an all-time high in Ireland during the months of June and July 2018.

District heating standards should be compulsory

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District heating standards should be compulsory

Ian Manders - UK energy policy advisor, Danish Embassy London, says the Heat Network Code of Practice should be included in the Government's promised revision of building regulations.

Northern Powergrid starts £15m project to upgrade substation controllers

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Northern Powergrid starts £15m project to upgrade substation controllers

Northern Powergrid has embarked on a £15 million project to modernise more than 860 of its substation controllers - a move it says will enable the implementation of the smart grid.

Energy Minister praises OVO’s EV offering

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Energy Minister praises OVO’s EV offering

Energy Minister Claire Perry has praised OVO Energy's electric vehicle offering - enabled by smart meters - for rewarding off-peak energy use.

A focus on community energy

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A focus on community energy

Maxine Frerk, director at Grid Edge Policy and former senior partner networks at Ofgem, recently completed a report for the Scottish government on the regulatory changes needed to support community energy including looking at network benefits. Here, she discusses the project.