Labour’s nationalisation plan adds ‘Big Six’ to DNOs

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Labour’s nationalisation plan adds ‘Big Six’ to DNOs

Labour has extended its renationalisation agenda with plans to bring the supply arms of the Big Six energy companies into public ownership, a surprise move announced at its manifesto launch on 21 November that has prompted concern in the sector.

Critics fear Ofgem’s charging review will stifle renewables

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Critics fear Ofgem’s charging review will stifle renewables

Ofgem has held firm on its plan to reform the way the electricity networks recover the cost of providing pylons and cabling from consumers, a decision that it says will remove "harmful distortions" from the current charging framework.

Northern Powergrid goes Dutch in 100 MW auction

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Northern Powergrid goes Dutch in 100 MW auction

Distribution Network Operator (DNO) Northern Powergrid has announced plans for a flexibility auction - covering generation, storage and demand-side response - using an e-auction platform and a "dynamic purchasing" methodology.

Seven tower blocks replace gas with GSHP technology

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Seven tower blocks replace gas with GSHP technology

Residents in seven tower blocks in Sunderland will become green heat pioneers at the conclusion of a new project to install low carbon ground source heat pumps in 364 homes in place of gas boilers.

“The further you go from shore, the more HVDC stacks up”

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“The further you go from shore, the more HVDC stacks up”

Grant McKay, ABB's marketing and sales manager for HVDC in northern Europe, discusses ABB's recent UK first: a contract to use HVDC convertor technology to link two forthcoming 1.2 GW North Sea offshore wind farms to the mainland transmission network.

Higher wind speeds to boost power output for 10 years

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Higher wind speeds to boost power output for 10 years

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that global wind speeds have increased substantially since 2010, after around three decades of decline.

UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites

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UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched what is believed to be the UK's largest ever tender for flexibility services and storage, highlighting 115 sites where renewables could boost network capacity and reduce costs for customers.

ENA launches election wish list for net-zero

Gas

ENA launches election wish list for net-zero

As the general election campaign moves up a gear, energy network companies have called on political leaders to commit to taking bold action to achieve net-zero.

ABB to connect offshore wind with HVDC in UK first

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ABB to connect offshore wind with HVDC in UK first

ABB has been selected by energy companies SSE Renewables and Equinor to use its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter systems to connect the world's largest offshore wind farms to the UK transmission network.

Siemens launches new IoT apps and protection relay

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Siemens launches new IoT apps and protection relay

Siemens is launching two new products at the European Utility Week show in Paris - a new suite of grid diagnostic apps that exploits Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and a new protection relay device, the Reyrolle 5.

“We’re having joint conversations, but behind on 2050”

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“We’re having joint conversations, but behind on 2050”

Dr Sara Walker, a reader in energy in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, is joining the judging panel for this year's Network awards. With the deadline now extended until 16 December - to accommodate essential RIIO-2 submissions - what does the judging panel hope will be in store?

‘Low cost’ substation monitor passes DNO field trials

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‘Low cost’ substation monitor passes DNO field trials

Western Power Distribution and 42 Technology, an innovation and product development consultancy, have announced the completion of six months of field trials for FuseOhm, a device that monitors performance parameters in electricity substations.

Northern Powergrid teams up with troops in flood-hit Doncaster

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Northern Powergrid teams up with troops in flood-hit Doncaster

Northern Powergrid is supporting customers in the village of Fishlake, Doncaster, affected by last weekend's flooding, while also preparing for more heavy rain forecast across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire for the end of this week.

ETI calls for ‘smart’ charging and incentives on EV adoption

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ETI calls for ‘smart’ charging and incentives on EV adoption

A new report by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) argues that "smart" charging is needed to support the widespread integration of electric cars and vans into the energy system to meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets.

Europe-wide survey scores GB low on electricity system flexibility

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Europe-wide survey scores GB low on electricity system flexibility

Great Britain ranks eighth out of nine northern European countries in attracting and facilitating investment in electricity system flexibility, says a new industry report published by the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA).

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.

Getting green networks up to speed

Gas

Getting green networks up to speed

Decarbonising heat will involve a future switch to hydrogen, but how should that hydrogen be produced? And as consumers and businesses adopt EVs and take to the roads, are the network operators fully prepared? Tom Grimwood reports on the topics that topped the agenda at this year's Network Asset Performance Conference in Birmingham

ESC launches modelling tool for 2050 scenario planning

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ESC launches modelling tool for 2050 scenario planning

The Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has launched a new software modelling tool that can weigh up different scenarios on how national, regional and local energy networks in the UK can use storage and flexibility technologies to decarbonise at least cost.

The road to a low carbon future

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The road to a low carbon future

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) EV readiness manager, Richard Hartshorn, discusses the distribution network operator's role in the transition to a low carbon world for drivers, tourists and consumers.

Getting the power back on

Gas

Getting the power back on

National Grid ESO is aiming for a world first - coordinating multipe distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide a safe Black Start service in its Distributed ReStart project. Alec Peachey spoke to project lead Peter Chandler.

An alternative route to Black Start

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An alternative route to Black Start

Electricity interconnectors are increasingly adding flexibility to the high voltage network in Great Britain. But can their convertor capacity also offer a Black Start service to the grid? Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi and colleagues at the National HVDC Centre, operated by Scottish Hydro Electricity, discuss its recent scenario planning around an interconnector Black Start.

Humber plan for 2040 zero carbon cluster centres on Drax

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Humber plan for 2040 zero carbon cluster centres on Drax

Plans to develop a zero carbon "industrial cluster" in the Humber region based on a hydrogen production facility at Yorkshire's Drax plant plus carbon capture and storage (CCUS) under the North Sea have been outlined in a new report by the Zero Carbon Humber partnership.

ENW adds network capacity ahead of net-zero 2038 commitment

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ENW adds network capacity ahead of net-zero 2038 commitment

Electricity North West has announced the start of work to add capacity to the power network in south Manchester in support of the £7m South Manchester Enterprise Zone project.

EDF buys storage-to-charging challenger Pivot Power

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EDF buys storage-to-charging challenger Pivot Power

EDF Group has announced a deal to acquire Pivot Power, the UK battery storage start-up with a programme to develop 40 sites of 50MW storage capacity, each combined with rapid charging services for the road transport network.

Hydrogen boilers, CCUS and biogas critical to net-zero heat, says ENA report

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Hydrogen boilers, CCUS and biogas critical to net-zero heat, says ENA report

The government should mandate "hydrogen ready" boilers for new installations in domestic properties as part of a radical strategy to deliver a zero carbon heat network by 2050, concludes a major new report outlining a viable pathway for decarbonised heat in the UK.

£15m Cairngorms undergrounding project seeks public votes

Power

£15m Cairngorms undergrounding project seeks public votes

Residents and businesses living close to the Cairngorms National Park in north east Scotland are being invited to a public information event by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to find out more about undergrounding power lines in the park.

Council scales up battery storage site to reap income rewards

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Council scales up battery storage site to reap income rewards

A battery energy storage site operated by South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is set to expand to its maximum capacity by developing another 5MW to help produce and store more clean and renewable energy, providing support to the National Grid.

Grenfell report praises Cadent operation to seal gas mains

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Grenfell report praises Cadent operation to seal gas mains

"Clarity of planning and careful execution" allowed Cadent gas engineers to cut off three gas mains near to Grenfell Tower at the height of the emergency, helping to bring the fire under control after gas sustained the fire in its later phases, the official inquiry has found.

Net-zero will need a regulation review, contractor warns

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Net-zero will need a regulation review, contractor warns

New thinking on energy regulation that better supports network investment will be required if the UK is going to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to Burns and McDonnell, a US based engineering and construction business operating in the UK since 2017.

Wales and West signs up to Welsh ‘net-zero ready’ 2035 target

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Wales and West signs up to Welsh ‘net-zero ready’ 2035 target

Wales and West Utilities, the gas distribution network operator for Wales, has become the first company to sign up to the Welsh government's Climate Change Pledge, committing itself to having a "net-zero ready" gas network by 2035.

Utility Week Cyber Security & Resilience Conference

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Utility Week Cyber Security & Resilience Conference

Building on its successful launch in 2019, the 2020 Utility Week Cyber Security and Resilience Conference equips IS, risk, resilience, security and OT leaders with the insight to prepare and protect infrastructure, services and customers from growing cyber threats.