Strategy & Management

Coronavirus: the networks react

Gas

Coronavirus: the networks react

The unprecedented pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic are putting energy networks’ resilience to the test, writes Network editor, Barnaby Dracup.

Electricity demand set to reduce if UK workforce self-isolates

Gas

Electricity demand set to reduce if UK workforce self-isolates

National Grid ESO is predicting a reduction in electricity demand in the case of the coronavirus spread prompting a lockdown across the country, writes James Wallin, Utility Week

UKPN launches ‘industry first’ heat readiness strategy

Heat

UKPN launches ‘industry first’ heat readiness strategy

UK Power Networks has outlined a strategy to help reduce the carbon impact of heating.

Utility Week Live now on 10-11 November 2020

Gas

Utility Week Live now on 10-11 November 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Week Live 2020, due to take place at Birmingham's NEC 19-20 May 2020, has been suspended and moved to 10-11 November 2020.

Network Awards 2020 moved to 6 July 2020

Strategy & Management

Network Awards 2020 moved to 6 July 2020

Faversham House has today announced the Network Awards 2020, due to take place at Birmingham's Hilton Metropole on 17 March, have been moved to 6 July 2020.

Electricity North West announces flexibility requirements

Strategy & Management

Electricity North West announces flexibility requirements

Electricity North West, the region's electricity distribution network operator, has announced its flexibility requirements.

Power

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.

Building a net-zero network for north Scotland

Strategy & Management

Building a net-zero network for north Scotland

As owner of the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, SSEN Transmission has a critical role to play in the transition to net zero - by building the transmission infrastructure required to connect renewable electricity generation, and transporting that clean electricity to areas of demand, writes Bless Kuri, head of transmission system planning and investment.

Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

Gas

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.

What can we learn from August 9th?

Gas

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.

UKRI funds £20m academic centre for industrial net-zero

Strategy & Management

UKRI funds £20m academic centre for industrial net-zero

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is running the £170 Industrial Strategy Challenge fund to promote strategies to reduce emissions in industrial clusters, is funding Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University to develop plans for a new academic centre geared to industrial decarbonisation.

Germany to switch on more coal-fired power despite 2038 exit

Power

Germany to switch on more coal-fired power despite 2038 exit

Climate activists in Germany are calling on power plant operator Uniper to abandon plans to add a new coal-fired power station to the German grid in July - a move that comes despite a political agreement finalised this week to phase out all coal and lignite generation by 2038.

Electricity North West signs £400m maintenance deal

Power

Electricity North West signs £400m maintenance deal

Electricity North West has awarded contracts for an eight year, £400m deal to maintain and upgrade its underground power network to Network Plus Services and O'Connor Utilities.

Energy trading and asset management in a ‘flex’ market

Gas

Energy trading and asset management in a ‘flex’ market

Dominic Fava, head of marketing and propositions at Origami, a provider of energy trading platforms, looks at the difficulties of trading energy in a more flexible - and therefore volatile - electricity market, and how a new generation of smart IT systems will be needed to support energy companies.

Widening the pool for energy flexibility services

Power

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.

A new way to model Value of Lost Load

Power

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

Gas

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.

Bristol’s bold leap of faith

Gas

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.

Innovation for networks: beyond the buzzwords

Power

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.

A collaborative approach to delivering DSOs

Heat

A collaborative approach to delivering DSOs

Han Xu, research and design engineer at the University of Strathclyde's Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), on its unique capabilities to support the need for a flexible network.

Higher wind speeds to boost power output for 10 years

Power

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.

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

Gas

“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?

Northern Powergrid teams up with troops in flood-hit Doncaster

Power

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.

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

ENW adds network capacity ahead of net-zero 2038 commitment

Power

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

Power

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.

Grenfell report praises Cadent operation to seal gas mains

Gas

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.

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

Gas

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.

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.

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.

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.