UK Power Networks to help UPS electrify deliveries

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UK Power Networks to help UPS electrify deliveries

UK Power Networks has teamed up with logistics firm UPS to boost the number of electric vehicles operating from its delivery depot in Central London.

DNOs still able to ‘game the system’ under RIIO

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DNOs still able to ‘game the system’ under RIIO

Regional power networks are being allowed to "game the system" under the RIIO framework, a researcher from the University of Exeter has claimed.

Green fuels needed for long-term energy storage

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Green fuels needed for long-term energy storage

Government and industry have been implored to "redouble" their efforts to develop green fuels for long-term energy storage to fill the gap left by fossil fuels.

The future of our power system architecture

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The future of our power system architecture

The latest findings from the government-sponsored Future Power System Architecture programme are out. Tom Grimwood takes a look at them.

ENA reveals roadmap for shift to DSO model

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ENA reveals roadmap for shift to DSO model

The Energy Networks Association has published a roadmap outlining the key steps in the introduction of the distribution system operator (DSO) model for local power networks.

WPD calls for feedback on DSO plan

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WPD calls for feedback on DSO plan

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has called for responses to its new roadmap for the evolution of the network into a distribution system operator (DSO).

Ofgem still mulling over how to deliver flexible regulation

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Ofgem still mulling over how to deliver flexible regulation

Ofgem has not yet "figured out" how best to deliver the flexible regulation needed keep up with the accelerating pace of change in the power sector.

New players pose risk to power system

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New players pose risk to power system

"A host of new players" in the power system pose a risk to its stability if government does not act to help co-ordinate their integration, experts have warned.

ZIV Automation has supplied a protection and automation system for Llynfl Afan Renewable Energy Park.

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ZIV Automation has supplied a protection and automation system for Llynfl Afan Renewable Energy Park.

ZIV Automation was chosen to provide a turnkey solution for protection and automation at Llynfl Afan Renewable Energy Park, together with the main contractor, NRS Group from Livingston (Scotland), and Gamesa Energy UK (GEUK). The park is connected to Western Power Distribution's network.

National Grid jacks up power line over River Tyne

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National Grid jacks up power line over River Tyne

National Grid has begun raising the height of a power line across the River Tyne to enable wind turbine foundations to be shipped safely out to sea.

UKPN and National Grid in pioneering smart grid scheme

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UKPN and National Grid in pioneering smart grid scheme

UK Power Networks and National Grid have launched a new active network management scheme to boost grid capacity in the South East of England and simplify the connections process for generators.

Ofgem approves interconnectors for cap and floor regime

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Ofgem approves interconnectors for cap and floor regime

Ofgem has given preliminary approval for three new interconnectors to France, Germany and Norway to operate under the cap and floor regime.

BEIS not ‘jumping to conclusions’ on heat rules

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BEIS not ‘jumping to conclusions’ on heat rules

The government is not "jumping to conclusions" about the best way to protect to consumers and investors in the district heating market, a senior official has said.

Ofgem stands firm on cuts to embedded benefits

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Ofgem stands firm on cuts to embedded benefits

Ofgem will move ahead with plans to drastically cut the triad avoidance payments available to distributed generators after making a final decision on reforms to embedded benefits.

Carbon Trust launches new initiative to transform energy system

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Carbon Trust launches new initiative to transform energy system

The Carbon Trust has launched a new initiative to unite the energy industry in overcoming key barriers to the transformation of the energy system.  

Barring network-owned storage will raise bills, says UKPN

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Barring network-owned storage will raise bills, says UKPN

Prohibiting networks from owning and operating storage will lead to higher bills for consumers, a senior figure at UK Power Networks has argued.

Burbo Bank wind farm to get battery bolt-on

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Burbo Bank wind farm to get battery bolt-on

Dong Energy has unveiled plans to integrate a 2MW battery system into its existing Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay.

Expect the unexpected

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Expect the unexpected

Fahd Hashiesh, head of ABB's power consulting business for the UK, Middle East and Africa, explains why network operators must consider the balance between supply and demand - and how system studies can help them.

Active network management triumph in Shetlands smart grid scheme

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Active network management triumph in Shetlands smart grid scheme

An £18 million smart grid trial on the Shetland Islands has been hailed as a success by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

A material difference

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A material difference

Gary Stevens explains how Gnosys' self-healing technology is poised to transform network performance.

UK to host record breaking energy storage scheme

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UK to host record breaking energy storage scheme

Europe's largest hybrid flywheel-battery storage project - the first ever in the UK - is to be installed at a University of Sheffield research facility near Wolverhampton.

SNP vows to fight ‘punitive’ network charges

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SNP vows to fight ‘punitive’ network charges

The SNP will stand up for Scotland's energy industry by demanding reforms to the UK's "punitive" transmission charging regime, the party has pledged in its election manifesto.

Northern Powergrid sees massive priority services growth

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Northern Powergrid sees massive priority services growth

Northern Powergrid has seen a surge in signups for its priority services register, adding around 235,000 customers to the list in the year to the end of March.

Call to bolster protections for district heating consumers

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Call to bolster protections for district heating consumers

The Scottish government is being urged to strengthen consumer protections for households using district heating to bring them in line with those already afforded to gas and electricity customers.

Transmission chief ‘sure’ that Moorside will go ahead

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Transmission chief ‘sure’ that Moorside will go ahead

The director of the electricity transmission owner at National Grid has said he is "sure" that the Moorside new nuclear plant in Cumbria will go ahead, despite big question marks over financial backing for its construction.

Flexible price controls needed for uncertain future

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Flexible price controls needed for uncertain future

The RIIO2 price controls must be flexible enough to allow networks to adapt to an uncertain future, speakers at Utility Week Live have argued.

Stakeholders are the ‘missing part’ of RIIO

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Stakeholders are the ‘missing part’ of RIIO

Stakeholders are the "missing part" of the RIIO settlement process, according the head of network regulation at British Gas.

UK Energy Innovation Awards   2017

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UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017

Firmly established as a must-attend event for key players in the energy industry, the UK Energy Innovation Awards are back for 2017 and are once again searching for SME innovators with ground-breaking technologies that have the potential to help UK distribution networks address their major energy challenges.

The road to RIIO2

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The road to RIIO2

Ofgem should review the detail of the networks' regulatory framework, but not throw the baby out with the bath water, warns Maxine Frerk.

Limejump wins contract to manage Britain’s biggest battery

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Limejump wins contract to manage Britain’s biggest battery

Smart energy firm Limejump has won a contract to manage UK Power Networks' pioneering Leighton Buzzard battery storage facility - the biggest anywhere in Britain.

National Grid profits surge

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National Grid profits surge

National Grid Group has announced a substantial rise in profits in the year to the end of March.