People & Skills

From the front line: Chris Garside and Andy Simcoe, Northern Gas Networks

Gas

From the front line: Chris Garside and Andy Simcoe, Northern Gas Networks

Key workers across the power and gas networks are playing a critical role in the national response to Coronavirus. Network has committed to profiling their stories.

New construction director at Switch2 Energy

Heat

New construction director at Switch2 Energy

Appointee brings experience from Vattenfall and Eon

Call for key worker nominations

Gas

Call for key worker nominations

Network magazine to celebrate dedication of critical staff

How is coronavirus affecting the networks’ at an operational level?

Gas

How is coronavirus affecting the networks’ at an operational level?

We spoke to ENA members about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the networks' at an operational level

North West poised to deliver £7bn investment into low carbon skills

Gas

North West poised to deliver £7bn investment into low carbon skills

The North West Energy & Hydrogen Cluster is to set out a roadmap for low carbon skills in the region.

First apprentice appointed on North London Heat & Power Project

Gas

First apprentice appointed on North London Heat & Power Project

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has announced the appointment of the first apprentice for the North London Heat & Power Project (NLHPP), a major investment project to modernise Edmonton EcoPark.

Land rights company wins Small Business Sunday award

People & Skills

Land rights company wins Small Business Sunday award

Ketton based land rights company, CLM, has recently been awarded the prestigious Theo Paphitis' Small Business Sunday award.

Delivering the networks of the future

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Delivering the networks of the future

Network spoke to Steven Read, trainee programmes manager at UK Power Networks, about how apprenticeships will be crucial to developing the smart infrastructure of the future.

Reflections: Future of Heat conference

Gas

Reflections: Future of Heat conference

The Network Future of Heat Conference demonstrated growing industry consensus at the start of a critical year for energy and heat policy.

‘Learning by doing’ on the road to net zero

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‘Learning by doing’ on the road to net zero

DSO director Andrew Roper discusses 'Learning by doing', a key principle that Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is applying to the net zero transition

An honourable mention: James Yu interview

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An honourable mention: James Yu interview

SP Energy Networks' Future Networks Manager, Professor James Yu, received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Here Network catches up with him to discuss challenges, past, present and future.

New apprentices for UK Power Networks as levy criticism mounts

Heat

New apprentices for UK Power Networks as levy criticism mounts

In National Apprenticeship Week, UK Power Networks has announced that it is recruiting 16 new apprentices to join the company in September.

Householders vital to net-zero transition, says ADE

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Householders vital to net-zero transition, says ADE

Policy makers should put the energy needs and aspirations of households at the centre of their thinking on achieving a net zero energy system, according to a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

SP Energy Networks puts Glasgow charity on low carbon road

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SP Energy Networks puts Glasgow charity on low carbon road

SP Energy Networks and Community Transport Glasgow have unveiled Glasgow's first ever all-electric minibuses, fully funded by the Distribution Network Operator to support vulnerable, disadvantaged and elderly people across the city.

National Grid: 400,000 needed for ‘Net Zero Workforce’

Gas

National Grid: 400,000 needed for ‘Net Zero Workforce’

The energy sector will have to step up on recruitment, training and communications with potential staff to fill 400,000 roles needed to meet the operational requirements of a net-zero energy system by 2050, according to a new report from National Grid.

Network Awards 2020 finalists!

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Network Awards 2020 finalists!

The Network Awards 2020 Finalists have been announced! Now in its third year, the Network Awards are back with 12 categories, recognising network operators, the supply chain, contractors and local authorities who are involved in shaping the energy system.

SSEN turns to Just Eat for power cut customers

Power

SSEN turns to Just Eat for power cut customers

Households in the southern England licence area operated by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will be able to order meals on the Just Eat app and website if they experience a blackout, after the network operator signed up to a new partnership.

Low carbon jobs and revenue in growth, says ONS

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Low carbon jobs and revenue in growth, says ONS

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirm that the UK's low carbon and renewable energy sector grew steadily and created new jobs in the period from 2015 to 2018, although the comparison with 2014 looks less positive.

Wellbeing at work is built on a foundation of data

People & Skills

Wellbeing at work is built on a foundation of data

Data gathering is key to many aspects of networks' operations, but not always the first priority when it comes to constructing a staff wellbeing and mental health policy. Dame Carol Black tells Network why she'd like data, and the insights it offers, to sit at the heart of wellbeing initiatives.

New campaign calls for dementia-friendly energy ideas

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New campaign calls for dementia-friendly energy ideas

Improvements to the way utilities deliver services to people living with dementia are expected to result from a new campaign launched by the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC).

Free UW seminar: Improving digital experiences for vulnerable customers

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Free UW seminar: Improving digital experiences for vulnerable customers

Overcoming the challenges of delivering excellence in digital services to priority service customers will be the topic of a new Utility Week webinar.

“Winning means you have impressed your colleagues”

Gas

“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.

Developing leaders for a low-carbon future

Heat

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.

Opening the doors to diverse talent

Gas

Opening the doors to diverse talent

The demand for power is rising, amidst ongoing skills shortages in transmission and distribution. We need to shout about our successes to attract more women, career changers and apprentices, says Laura Hatfield, recruitment consultant at Samuel Knight International.

EIC and Cadent seek bright ideas for dementia sufferers

Gas

EIC and Cadent seek bright ideas for dementia sufferers

The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) is teaming up with gas network Cadent and the Alzheimer's Society to host a workshop around new innovations in the utilities sector to improve the quality of life and safety of people living with dementia in the UK.

Safeguarding staff from mental health hazards at work

Gas

Safeguarding staff from mental health hazards at work

Promoting physical safety has become critically important across the sector, with many organisations priding themselves on a zero-tolerance approach to hazards in the workplace, writes Nadine Buddoo.

Gas

Utility Week Customer Summit

With customers at the heart of the utility industry's rapid and disruptive transformation, the future success of energy and water companies alike depends on their ability to successfully combine robust service provision with innovative ways to connect with customers. The 2020 Utility Week Customer Summit provides the only dedicated meeting place for forward-thinking customer professionals across the UK's utilities.

Improving customer contact in the WhatsApp era

Power

Improving customer contact in the WhatsApp era

As National Customer Service Week draws to a close, Lisa Doogan, head of customer service and stakeholder strategy at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, describes how it is improving communications with its 3.8 million customers in the north of Scotland and central southern England.

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).

Six new faces join Smith Brothers

People & Skills

Six new faces join Smith Brothers

High-voltage power contractors Smith Brothers has added six new faces to its team - alongside a newly promoted managing director.