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Northern Powergrid appeals for information after horse deaths

Northern Powergrid has made an appeal for information to help catch metal thieves after an attempted theft in Redmarshall, Stockton-on-Tees, left a powerline hanging dangerously low, leading to the deaths of four horses.

How E.ON. is helping the City of London become a zero emissions city

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How E.ON. is helping the City of London become a zero emissions city

Discover Citigen. Deep in the heart of our bustling capital

The Innovation Factor: Managing the transition to smart communication technologies in the electricity distribution sector white paper

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The Innovation Factor: Managing the transition to smart communication technologies in the electricity distribution sector white paper

The transition from legacy communications systems to new technologies can seem daunting for organisations in the electricity sector. But with market dynamics changing rapidly

Zero Harm supplement

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Zero Harm supplement

'31.2 million working days were lost to work-related illness and workplace injury between 2016 and 2017' *(Health and Safety Executive)

The rise of the machines: AI and the smart grid

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The rise of the machines: AI and the smart grid

As energy supply and demand rapidly evolve

Making digital asset management a reality

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Making digital asset management a reality

Unlocking the potential of asset data for smarter network operation and step changes in efficiency relies on achieving a universal asset language. This detailed report sets out the benefits that ISO 55000 can bring to companies with smart utility aspirations.

Energy flexibility: transforming the power system by 2030

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Energy flexibility: transforming the power system by 2030

The UK power system is poised on the brink of transformation. The coming change

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

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Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Ofgem has revealed more details about its review of system operations on both the gas and electricity networks, less than one year since the last major shake-up in the electricity grid.

Ofgem approves UKPN to access smart meter data

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Ofgem approves UKPN to access smart meter data

UK Power Networks has become the second Distribution Network Operator to secure Ofgem approval to access smart meter data for households and small businesses in its patch, after the regulator approved its data security plan.

Cybersecurity: defending the grid

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Cybersecurity: defending the grid

The recent stand-off between the US and Iran raised fears that the UK's energy transmission and distribution sector could be targeted by state-sponsored hackers.

SP Energy Networks reveals fault level management breakthrough

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SP Energy Networks reveals fault level management breakthrough

Electricity distributor SP Energy Networks has unveiled groundbreaking new technology that can give an accurate real-time reading of the short circuit capacity, or fault level, on networks.

Power now restored to customers affected by Storm Ciara

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Power now restored to customers affected by Storm Ciara

Engineers have worked through the night to restore power to 62,869 customers affected by Storm Ciara

Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

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Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

The coronavirus outbreak is putting more pressure on global pricing for gas sellers, against the backdrop of an already oversupplied European gas market, causing prices to be pushed even lower.

BEIS spotlights heat networks with consultation and grants

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BEIS spotlights heat networks with consultation and grants

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has welcomed two new government announcements supporting heat networks: a consultation in advance of dedicated legislation and the award of £40m to seven projects through the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).

What can we learn from August 9th?

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What can we learn from August 9th?

The summer of 2019 saw the disconnection of more than a million electricity customers in Britain's largest single electricity system disturbance in over ten years. Here, UKERC co-director, Professor Keith Bell, summarises the findings of the government and regulator investigations into the incident and unpacks potential lessons for the electricity sector and its readiness for further decarbonisation without compromising security of supply.

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.

UK Power Networks pioneers new super-fast circuit breakers

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UK Power Networks pioneers new super-fast circuit breakers

UK Power Networks is claiming a world first by installing next generation circuit breakers in part of London's electricity network, estimating significant cost and carbon savings due to their ability to facilitate the connection of Combined Heat and Power systems.

New energy management models needed after Ofgem review

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New energy management models needed after Ofgem review

Significant changes to network charging methodology announced by Ofgem are likely to have a major impact on industrial and commercial (I&C) energy bills from April 2021, writes Charlie Ward of New Stream Renewables.

Green, amber and red lights for EV installers in north east

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Green, amber and red lights for EV installers in north east

Northern Powergrid has launched an online tool, underpinned by network data, that will enable local authorities, electric vehicle (EV) installers and businesses planners to identify the best new EV charging point connection locations.

Decarbonisation Action Plan targets greenwashed energy tariffs

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Decarbonisation Action Plan targets greenwashed energy tariffs

The energy regulator Ofgem has published its Decarbonisation Action Plan, which has seen support for its targeting of greenwashed energy tariffs.

Nemo outperforms in first year

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Nemo outperforms in first year

The Nemo Link power cable between UK and Belgium has recorded world leading performance in its first full year of operation. 

Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps

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Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps

New Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley used his first day in post to publish the regulator's Decarbonisation Action Plan, setting out nine steps the regulator plans to make in the next 18 months to meet the 2050 net-zero challenge.

Johnson toughens up targets on coal power and EVs

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Johnson toughens up targets on coal power and EVs

Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will eliminate all coal-powered electricity generation by 2024 - a year earlier than originally planned - and will outlaw the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 rather than 2040.

New apprentices for UK Power Networks as levy criticism mounts

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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.

DNOs publish data on connected assets over 1 MW

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DNOs publish data on connected assets over 1 MW

The Energy Networks Association, which is running the Open Networks Project, has announced the completion of its project to publish System Wide Resource Registers, detailing connected generation over 1MW on the distribution networks.

Maximising power generation from older landfill sites

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Maximising power generation from older landfill sites

A growing number of organisations responsible for aged landfill sites are facing costly environmental emissions legacies, as many suppliers of landfill gas generation services are walking away, citing diminishing gas yields making it uneconomic. According to Stuart Watson of Ylem Energy - one of the UK's pioneers in landfill generation - this does not have to be the case.

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).

Cyber security: defending the grid

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Cyber security: defending the grid

The recent stand-off between the US and Iran raised fears that the UK grid could be targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Network asked Professor Roger Kemp and Ahmed Kotb at the Institution of Engineering and Technology about the risks.

Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO

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Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO

Consumers paid too much for their electricity during the RIIO-1 price control period after Ofgem set performance targets for the network companies too low and allowed them over-generous cost budgets, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Ofgem to review 600 MW Shetland HVDC link plan

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Ofgem to review 600 MW Shetland HVDC link plan

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission) has resubmitted its investment case for a new transmission link for Shetland to energy regulator Ofgem, in a similar proposal to the submission that was put on ice last October.

RIIO-2 business plans fail on net-zero, says Ofgem panel

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RIIO-2 business plans fail on net-zero, says Ofgem panel

Ofgem's RIIO-2 Challenge Group has criticised most of the energy companies that submitted their business plans in December for lacking strategic vision on reaching net-zero, although National Grid ESO was given an honourable mention.