Northern Powergrid calls on Ofgem to set out clear DSO ground rules

Power

Northern Powergrid calls on Ofgem to set out clear DSO ground rules

Northern Powergrid is urging Ofgem to provide more clarity on the underlying ground rules for network operators as they make the shift into new types of business operations as Distribution System Operators (DSOs).

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.

‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

Gas

‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

Highview Power, the company promoting "liquid air" as a storage medium for surplus electrical energy, last week announced plans to construct the first commercial scale battery facility using the technology, at a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England.

Dealing with a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down

Heat

Dealing with a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down

What might happen to a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down? Phil Lawton, power systems practice manager at the Energy Systems Catapult, asks and answers a difficult question

RIIO-ED2: a unique opportunity for change?

Power

RIIO-ED2: a unique opportunity for change?

Christopher Watts, director for regulatory affairs at S&C Electric Company, discusses RIIO-ED2 and how the role of networks is changing.

Moixa and Energia in bid to build ‘virtual power plant’ in Irish homes

Power

Moixa and Energia in bid to build ‘virtual power plant’ in Irish homes

Battery manufacturer Moixa has announced a tie-up with Irish energy supplier Energia to run trials on how integrated smart home batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) can deliver flexibility to the grid.

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.

Hydrogen to fuel north west homes and businesses by 2024

Gas

Hydrogen to fuel north west homes and businesses by 2024

The north west is ready to blend hydrogen into the gas grid and pipe it into homes and businesses as early as 2024, according to a 17 October briefing by HyNet, a consortium geared to delivering hydrogen from natural gas.

DNOs avoid penalties in Ofgem’s 2018/19 ICE connection review

Power

DNOs avoid penalties in Ofgem’s 2018/19 ICE connection review

Ofgem has given Distribution Network Operators a pass mark for their record on dealing with large-scale customer connections, with a decision not to levy penalties for 2018/19 under its Incentive on Connections Engagement (ICE) mechanism.

Eden Project wins £16.8m to drill for geothermal heat

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Eden Project wins £16.8m to drill for geothermal heat

Cornwall Council has committed nearly £10m of its remaining EU grant funding to coax a project to supply deep geothermal heat and power to the Eden Project visitor attraction and education centre over the starting line.

Give EV drivers “right to roam” across networks, APPG chair urges

Power

Give EV drivers “right to roam” across networks, APPG chair urges

The MP chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electric Vehicles has written an open letter to three major vehicle charging networks calling on them to adopt full roaming interoperability - and emphasising that government might force action if they fail to take the initiative.

Rolling out the Pollywood pole

Power

Rolling out the Pollywood pole

Quentin Kopp, chairman of Pollywood, discusses a new way to make electricity poles using 85% less wood.

H21 project highlights potential of hydrogen

Gas

H21 project highlights potential of hydrogen

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system. Network editor Alec Peachey examines the progress being made and some of the challenges that remain.

Northern Powergrid trial charges up electric vans to replace emergency generators

Power

Northern Powergrid trial charges up electric vans to replace emergency generators

Northern Powergrid is running a trial to use electric vans with on-board battery storage to replace diesel generators as a more sustainable means of restoring power to consumers during emergency works or power cuts.

Clean energy overtakes fossil fuel power in Q3

Gas

Clean energy overtakes fossil fuel power in Q3

Electricity produced from wind, solar, biomass or hydro power exceeded electricity generated from fossil fuel sources in the third quarter of 2019, according to an analysis of government and industry data by climate change website Carbon Brief. 

How materials science will underpin the future energy network

Gas

How materials science will underpin the future energy network

What are the materials that will serve as the backbone for electrical energy storage, renewable energy generation, gas and the grid itself in the future, and how might they underpin the future of the energy network? Four academics from Newcastle University and Durham University discuss the role of materials science in developing new network capacity.

Adopting new technology: the view from Senergy

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Adopting new technology: the view from Senergy

In our latest interview with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) on their work with the networks, Network speaks to Senergy chief executive Christine Boyle MBE.

Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says

Gas

Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says

National Grid's latest Systems Outlook Report offers reassurance that the domestic gas and electricity networks will have enough supply to meet winter demand even if Dutch and Belgian gas interconnectors were cut off on "day one" of a no deal exit.

Network Awards 2020: Q&A with judge John Scott

Power

Network Awards 2020: Q&A with judge John Scott

The entry window is now open for this year's Network Awards. But just what are the judges looking for? Network speaks to Chiltern Power's John Scott, a member of our 10-strong panel.

The rise of the machines: AI and the smart grid

Power

The rise of the machines: AI and the smart grid

As energy supply and demand rapidly evolve, Network in association with Kelvatek investigates the role of machine learning in the future development of the smart grid in a downloadable report.

WPD signs 35 deals for 119MW in maturing flex market

Power

WPD signs 35 deals for 119MW in maturing flex market

Western Power Distribution (WPD) believes that the flexible generation market has matured, after announcing a strong response to its latest tender round.

Delivering the smart grid with bandwith for the future

Power

Delivering the smart grid with bandwith for the future

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is undertaking a project to address the bandwidth and security requirements for the smart grid. Kinan Ghanem, communications and systems integration lead, discusses how the project is progressing.

Powervault tie-up drives Kaluza network expansion

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Powervault tie-up drives Kaluza network expansion

Kaluza, the technology platform for smart energy devices launched by green power supplier OVO Group, has launched a new tie-up with Powervault, the UK based storage battery supplier.

SP Energy Networks launches 95MW auction on Piclo Flex platform

Power

SP Energy Networks launches 95MW auction on Piclo Flex platform

Scottish Power Energy Networks has become the fourth distribution network operator (DNO) to enter into a partnership with the Piclo Flex online auction platform to support its move towards flexible energy trading.

Using big data to reduce vegetation risk

Power

Using big data to reduce vegetation risk

Shane Brunker, chief technology officer at NM Group, discusses the importance of vegetation management and how it can be used to improve network operators' storm resilience.

Network Awards 2020: setting the standard

Gas

Network Awards 2020: setting the standard

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

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.

Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

Gas

Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

Ofgem has launched its annual State of the Market report, which shows that the UK continues to be a global leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, although progress is slowing.

Brixton residents to trial smart ‘flexible energy’ project

Power

Brixton residents to trial smart ‘flexible energy’ project

A project run by UK Power Networks will see residents of a block of flats in Brixton be among the first domestic users in the UK to tap into the fast-emerging 'flexible energy' market.

Network Awards 2020

Gas

Network Awards 2020

Bringing together the UK's gas, power and heat networks and the surrounding supply chain to celebrate achievements across the industry.

City of London to get power boost

Power

City of London to get power boost

UK Power Networks is carrying out a £1.5 million project which will see more than 1,000 homes in the City of London benefit from a power upgrade.