Strategy & Management

Challenging the networks

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Challenging the networks

As part of the RIIO2 price controls set out by Ofgem, network operators are required to set up independently chaired customer engagement groups (CEGs). As part of our Utility of the Future campaign, Network caught up with the chairs of four of these groups to find out more about their role and how they challenge the networks.

Unlocking asset infrastructure

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Unlocking asset infrastructure

The UK's energy networks are under mounting pressure to accommodate new and increasing demands. From regulatory restrictions and the uptake of distributed generation to the increase in electric vehicles and renewable energy solutions, the challenges for existing asset infrastructure are varied and complex. Nadine Buddoo reports.

Accelerating the EV revolution

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Accelerating the EV revolution

Matthew Boulton, chief commercial officer at Pivot Power, discusses how the company is working at a local level to speed up the decarbonisation of transport.

Turning ambition into action

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Turning ambition into action

The launch of SSEN Transmission's draft business plan includes an ambition to tackle climate change, connect more renewable energy and transport it across the country. Managing director Rob McDonald tells Network editor Alec Peachey how the company is going to achieve this.

Achieving the right climate

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Achieving the right climate

With the Government committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050, networks will be key in the facilitation of decarbonisation. Here, Network puts a special focus on the topic of decarbonisation as part of its Network of the Future campaign.

Overcoming challenges faced by SMEs

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Overcoming challenges faced by SMEs

The challenges facing small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) when it comes to engaging with energy networks are wide and varied. Alec Peachey reports on a roundtable debate hosted in association with the Energy Systems Catapult.

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Data is key to delivering smarter DSOs

Phil Dingle, marketing director at Lucy Electric, discusses using data to deliver benefits for network operators.

An effective way to reduce cable failures

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An effective way to reduce cable failures

Tony Walker, applications engineer for HV cable diagnostics and fault location at Megger, discusses the benefits of partial discharge (PD) testing.

Reclaiming and recognising asset management

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Reclaiming and recognising asset management

In an ever-changing energy system landscape, the ability to manage assets is often high up on the agenda for utility companies. During a roundtable event - organised by Network in association with Siemens - key figures from the industry met to discuss asset management. Adam John reports.

The future of utility quality assurance

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The future of utility quality assurance

With the growing investment in domestic and commercial developments alongside the daily replacement and repair of our network assets, quality installation procedures and conformance to industry standards has never been more important for the future performance of our infrastructure. Mark Pereira, marketing manager at ControlPoint, discusses.

Reorganisation for Ofgem

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Reorganisation for Ofgem

System operation and networks is one of three divisions that will make up Ofgem's new streamlined organisational structure.

SGN’s ‘future leaders’ complete management course

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SGN’s ‘future leaders’ complete management course

Employees from SGN have completed their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) course after delivering their final presentations to colleagues and mentors.

New energy market would put customers at heart of smart grid

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New energy market would put customers at heart of smart grid

Northern Powergrid is aiming to create a new energy market where its customers can make money from solar panels, electric vehicles and home batteries.

UK Power Networks launches annual review

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UK Power Networks launches annual review

The chief executive of UK Power Networks says the company has moved closer than ever to its "goal of becoming the best performing distribution network operator" following the launch of its annual review.

Preparing for winter

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Preparing for winter

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), discusses being 'Winter Ready'.

Helm report: Solution or just another input?

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Helm report: Solution or just another input?

Duncan Botting, managing director of Global Smart Transformation, gives his view on the Dieter Helm report.

ENA launches next stage of innovation strategy plans

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ENA launches next stage of innovation strategy plans

Plans to put gas and electricity grids at the forefront of energy innovation have moved forward with the energy industry invited to take part in a number of workshop events in November.

Executives worried cyber-attacks could bring down grids

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Executives worried cyber-attacks could bring down grids

Almost two thirds of utility executives believe their country faces a "moderate risk" of electricity supply interruption from a cyber-attack over the next five years, according to new research.

SSE warns network profits set to fall

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SSE warns network profits set to fall

SSE has predicted a drop in profits from its network operations due to the timing of investments and the partial sale of its stake in SGN.

Energy networks unveil plans for joint innovation strategies

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Energy networks unveil plans for joint innovation strategies

The UK's energy networks have unveiled plans to develop their first ever joint innovation strategies - one each for gas and electricity.

Enel takes over Enernoc in $250m deal

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Enel takes over Enernoc in $250m deal

A US subsidiary of Italian utility firm Enel has taken full ownership of the demand-side response provider Enernoc after purchasing all outstanding shares in the company for $250 million (£193 million).

Britain’s energy sector targeted by ‘state-sponsored’ hackers

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Britain’s energy sector targeted by ‘state-sponsored’ hackers

The energy sector in the UK has likely been targeted by "state-sponsored" hackers, a leaked report issued by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned.

UK Power Networks sets out vision for DSO transition

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UK Power Networks sets out vision for DSO transition

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has published its vision for transitioning to a distribution system operator (DSO) in a future energy system characterised by distributed energy resources and low carbon technologies.

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).

Unleashing innovative SMEs ‘vital’ for transforming grids

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Unleashing innovative SMEs ‘vital’ for transforming grids

Networks must do more to unleash the potential of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to a new study launched at Utility Week Live.

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.

Western Power Distribution scopes out trajectory for storage

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Western Power Distribution scopes out trajectory for storage

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a consultation to establish the potential level of growth of energy storage within its networks.

Smarter Grid Solutions launches distributed energy arm

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Smarter Grid Solutions launches distributed energy arm

Smarter Grid Solutions is seeking new commercial opportunities for its active network management software in the distributed energy resources market.