Strategy & Management

UK Power Networks sets out vision for DSO transition

Power

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

Power

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

Power

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

Strategy & Management

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

Gas

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

Power

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

Gas

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

Power

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

Power

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.

Complex whole systems for critical national infrastructure

Power

Complex whole systems for critical national infrastructure

What connects Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), Transport, Heat & Cooling, Healthcare, Built Environment, Industry, Retail, Residential and Commercial activity? asks Duncan Botting.

FPSA the right vehicle for driving energy future

Power

FPSA the right vehicle for driving energy future

To meet the needs of customers in the future the current power system needs to change, says Sacha Meckler.

National Grid Gas Distribution reveals new name

Gas

National Grid Gas Distribution reveals new name

National Grid Gas Distribution is to be renamed as Cadent starting this Tuesday (2 May) following the sale of a majority stake in the business to an international consortium of investors.

SP Energy Networks sees fall in earnings

Power

SP Energy Networks sees fall in earnings

SP Energy Networks has reported a slight fall in profits in the three months to the end of March which was attributed to the "phasing of investments" as part of RIIO-ED1.

Why the NIS Directive is making utility security a priority

Power

Why the NIS Directive is making utility security a priority

Utilities must act now and prioritise action to prevent potential security breaches and ensure security of supply, writes Jon Longstaff, head of Cyber Security (EMEA) at OMNETRIC Group.

Innovating towards a DSO model

Heat

Innovating towards a DSO model

With over 30 years' service, I can probably now be considered a veteran of the energy network world. While I hate to be reminded I'm not getting any younger, it does allow me to take stock of the changes I've seen in my time working for one of the country's largest and most diverse network operators, writes Stewart Reid, Scottish and Southern Energy's head of Asset Management & Innovation.

National Grid completes sale of majority stake in gas distribution networks

Gas

National Grid completes sale of majority stake in gas distribution networks

National Grid has completed the sale of a 61 per cent share in its gas distribution business to a consortium of international investors.

Energy Systems Catapult and Beama formalise joint working

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Energy Systems Catapult and Beama formalise joint working

The Energy Systems Catapult and Beama have signed a new agreement for joint working on energy system innovation.

Getting ready to transform the power system

Power

Getting ready to transform the power system

Eric Brown, the head of innovation at the Energy Systems Catapult, outlines the next stages of Future Power System Architecture Project

Northern Powergrid invests in mobile-first supply chain solution

Power

Northern Powergrid invests in mobile-first supply chain solution

Northern Powergrid has invested in mobile logistics technology to improve the efficiency of its operations.

SO proposals recognise ‘vast experience’ says National Grid

Strategy & Management

SO proposals recognise ‘vast experience’ says National Grid

National Grid has welcomed Ofgem's proposals for the electricity system operator (SO) role as recognising it's "vast experience" in balancing the system.

ENA launches project to aid evolution of network roles

Strategy & Management

ENA launches project to aid evolution of network roles

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched a new project to explore the challenges around the evolving roles of network companies in the transition to a smart, flexible energy network.

Gas: four paths to 2050

Gas

Gas: four paths to 2050

National Grid is to boost customer engagement to provide a clearer picture of the future of the gas transmission system

Power play: an interview with John Pettigrew

Gas

Power play: an interview with John Pettigrew

What does the energy system's most influential chief executive think about current transformation challenges?

WWU: storage costs of electrifying Cornwall could tip £36bn a year

Gas

WWU: storage costs of electrifying Cornwall could tip £36bn a year

The total annual capital cost of the electricity storage necessary to meet the heat, light and power requirements of Cornwall through low carbon sources alone by 2050 could reach £36,784 billion.

Eon ramps up focus on electric vehicles

Strategy & Management

Eon ramps up focus on electric vehicles

Eon will focus on providing customer solutions for electric vehicles and has set out plans to take a leading role in developing Europe's charging infrastructure.

RedT to raise £12m to accelerate growth

Power

RedT to raise £12m to accelerate growth

Energy storage technology company RedT has conditionally raised £12 million from selling new shares to institutional and other investors to allow it to "aggressively ramp up" its sales and marketing efforts.

North-south divide driving transmission investment

Gas

North-south divide driving transmission investment

National Grid has identified potential network capacity deficits arising from increasing north-to-south electricity flows in Scotland and England.

North-south divide driving transmission investment

Gas

North-south divide driving transmission investment

National Grid has identified potential network capacity deficits arising from increasing north to south electricity flows in Scotland and England.

What does DSO really mean?

Heat

What does DSO really mean?

Distribution network operators are starting their transition to distribution system operators, but the industry lacks consensus on what the role really entails.

The other half

Power

The other half

Fresh to his role as director at UKPN Services, Ian Smyth gives Network an insight to operating in a competitive market and how regulated businesses can expect far more interaction with his company in the future.

National Grid: Gas network must be ‘more flexible’ to deal with volatility

Gas

National Grid: Gas network must be ‘more flexible’ to deal with volatility

The gas transmission network will need to become "more flexible" to deal with the growing volatility of supply and demand, National Grid has said in a new report.