Squeezing efficiency from energy-from-waste

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Squeezing efficiency from energy-from-waste

A high-efficiency waste gasification demonstrator project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute is producing electricity for the grid, but its sponsoring organisation was wound up at the end of December. Before closing day, ETI project manager Paul Winstanley told Elaine Knutt about what the ETI/Kew Technology Sustainable Energy Centre has achieved, and possible future milestones.

WPD launches largest ever flex auction for 334MW

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WPD launches largest ever flex auction for 334MW

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is to procure 334MW of flexibility across its network through channels including the Piclo platform, the Cornwall Local Energy Market and WPD's own Flexible Power brand.

Widening the pool for energy flexibility services

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Widening the pool for energy flexibility services

The UK's distribution networks need to get smarter in order to balance supply and demand, writes John Hayling of AMT-Sybex.

First live hydrogen trials on campus ‘living lab’

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First live hydrogen trials on campus ‘living lab’

Keele University campus has become the site of the UK's first live trial to inject hydrogen into a gas network, in the first of a series of demonstrations by the HyDeploy consortium.

Power companies pay £10.5m for 9 August black out

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Power companies pay £10.5m for 9 August black out

Ofgem's investigation into the 9 August power outages has led to £4.5m pay outs by the owners of two generators - Hornsea One and Little Barford - that lost connection to the grid, as well as £1.5m from UK Power Networks for reconnecting customers too soon.

Queen’s Speech promises net-zero policies in 2020 budget

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Queen’s Speech promises net-zero policies in 2020 budget

The Queen's Speech from the new Conservative government this week reaffirmed its commitment to achieving net-zero and investing in renewable energy, but contained little in the way of detail, promising instead that the first budget will prioritise a range of net-zero enablers.

Ofgem sets ‘tough but fair’ ground rules for RIIO-ED2

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Ofgem sets ‘tough but fair’ ground rules for RIIO-ED2

Ofgem has laid out the underlying framework for the RIIO-ED2 price control period for electricity, ahead of further consultation from the regulator next year to define the specific methodologies.

Contract signed on 32.5km London Power Tunnel Phase 2

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Contract signed on 32.5km London Power Tunnel Phase 2

National Grid is pressing ahead with phase two of its London Power Tunnels project, by awarding a six-year, £400m contract to construct new tunnels and shaft work in south London.

Council’s ‘pioneer’ subsidy free solar farm goes live

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Council’s ‘pioneer’ subsidy free solar farm goes live

Renewable energy company Gridserve has completed and handed over a subsidy free 34.7 MW solar farm in York to Warrington Borough Council, a project that it says is the UK's most advanced solar farm to date.

A new way to model Value of Lost Load

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A new way to model Value of Lost Load

Tracey Kennelly of distribution network operator (DNO) Electricity North West, and Anuj Nayyar of energy specialist Frazer-Nash Consultancy, on their project to accurately assess the "value of lost load", and how all DNOs could benefit from the new modelling tool that will follow.

Debating the steep path to net-zero 2050

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Debating the steep path to net-zero 2050

Meeting the challenge of 2050 is already top of the sector's agenda, and is likely to be in clear focus for the new government too. In February, at the Future Networks and Future of Heat conferences, the sector will have the chance to debate its response and the path ahead.

Pumping up affordable  low carbon power

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Pumping up affordable low carbon power

Graham Wright, chairman of the Heat Pump Association, on the important role heat pumps could play in the low carbon heat mix, and the need to increase the rate of installations to meet net-zero.

Why hydrogen-based fuels will be a net-zero essential

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Why hydrogen-based fuels will be a net-zero essential

Matti Rautkivi, director of strategy and business development at Wärtsilä Energy Business, explains why the Finnish company is backing several innovators in the field of hydrogen-based fuels - and why the UK government should do so as well.

Time to regulate heat networks

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Time to regulate heat networks

New regulations planned for heat networks will protect consumers and reduce risks for developers, explains Charlotte Owen, policy officer at the Association for Decentralised Energy - in part of our Utility of the Future series.

Bristol’s bold leap of faith

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Bristol’s bold leap of faith

Like many local authorities, Bristol City Council isn't waiting for government to lead in the net-zero challenge; it's identified £1bn of decarbonisation projects and is seeking a private sector "strategic partner" to make them happen. Councillor Kye Dudd tells Network's Elaine Knutt about the plan.

WPD sets out digital strategy for zero carbon

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WPD sets out digital strategy for zero carbon

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has published a new digitalisation commitment describing how it will make innovative use of new technologies and an "open data" policy to deliver lower carbon energy solutions for customers.

Innovation for networks: beyond the buzzwords

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Innovation for networks: beyond the buzzwords

As the electricity networks gear up for the next price control period, and the water networks get to grips with new deliverables under Asset Management Plan 7 (AMP7), companies in both sectors face considerable challenges.

National Grid ESO pledges £2bn savings under RIIO-T2

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National Grid ESO pledges £2bn savings under RIIO-T2

The National Grid ESO is anticipating the creation of savings and benefits worth £2bn in the RIIO-T2 price control period, according to the finalised business plan it submitted to Ofgem this week.

Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

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Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

At Vaisala, as well as supplying world-class measurement equipment for monitoring transformer oil, we are also here to make sure our customers can get the most out of their monitoring equipment, and help take the stress out of getting it up and running.

SSEN projects £2.4bn investment in RIIO-T2 plan

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SSEN projects £2.4bn investment in RIIO-T2 plan

SSEN Transmission, responsible for the north of Scotland electricity transmission system, has submitted its RIIO-T2 business plan to energy regulator Ofgem, with a plan to invest £2.4bn.

National Grid backs PowerPaired community energy platform

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National Grid backs PowerPaired community energy platform

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has launched a new online "matchmaking" platform to pair up community energy groups and the businesses or public sector organisations that own sites or buildings that could be at the heart of community-owned schemes.

AMT transformers to cut power losses in Northern Powergrid trial

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AMT transformers to cut power losses in Northern Powergrid trial

Northern Powergrid is trialling a new type of transformer that can dramatically reduce power losses, becoming the UK's first distribution network operator (DNO) to trial the equipment.

Vehicle-to-grid tech in homes could shrink bills by £300

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Vehicle-to-grid tech in homes could shrink bills by £300

The final report from a research project that looked at how much UK households could save if they stored and shared electricity in EV batteries has calculated that a figure of £300 a year is possible.

SSEN wins £9.5m for low-carbon emergency power study

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SSEN wins £9.5m for low-carbon emergency power study

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured over £9.5m of funding from Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition (NIC), for a project examining new solutions for network resilience in a low carbon world.

UKPN and Innovate UK map 66 routes to ‘V2G’ future

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UKPN and Innovate UK map 66 routes to ‘V2G’ future

A project led by UK Power Networks and Innovate UK has mapped 66 "vehicle-to-grid" energy storage trials around the world, including the UK, the US, Japan, Korea and Namibia.

Energy sector urges politicians to unite for net-zero

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Energy sector urges politicians to unite for net-zero

Energy businesses, academics and trade bodies are among 40 organisations and individuals that have signed an open letter calling on political leaders to form a post-election pact on achieving net-zero.

Liverpool plugs in district heat for new science campus

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Liverpool plugs in district heat for new science campus

A combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre buried below a 14 storey car park in Liverpool is set to become a key source of low carbon energy for a £1bn new life science campus.

Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

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Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

New cloud-based software for Integrated Energy System (IES) planning and analysis has been developed by researchers at Southeast University (SEU) in China, led by Dr Suyang Zhou and Professor Wei Gu.

Consumer power key to heat pump roll-out, says HPA

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Consumer power key to heat pump roll-out, says HPA

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has launched a new report, "Delivering net zero: A roadmap for the role of heat Pumps", outlining the heat pump industry's readiness to deliver decarbonisation of heat.

ENW buys electric diggers to dig the road to zero carbon

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ENW buys electric diggers to dig the road to zero carbon

Electricity North West is turning its streetworks operations a darker shade of green by purchasing two innovative JCB electric mini diggers, following a successful trial period.

Making climate change local with UK100

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Making climate change local with UK100

Global cities have the C40 grouping, and now local councils have the UK100 group to raise ambitions and share know-how on the clean energy agenda. The organisation's Hywel Lloyd and Polly Billington explain the challenge, especially with RIIO-2 on the horizon.