Strategy & Management

Low Carbon invests in district heating to develop replicable finance model

Heat

Low Carbon invests in district heating to develop replicable finance model

Renewable energy investment company Low Carbon has invested in district heating consortium Energy Networks (Europe) (ENE) to fund a scalable development and financing model for district heat networks.

Energy & Utility Skills Group appoints new chair

Gas

Energy & Utility Skills Group appoints new chair

The energy and utilities sector body for development of skills and training standards has appointed Jan Ward CBE as its new chair.

New governance needed for UK power grid: FPSA report

Gas

New governance needed for UK power grid: FPSA report

New organisational and governance capabilities will be required in order to support urgent reform of the UK power grid's functionality, according to the authors of the Future Power Systems Architecture (FPSA) report.

EU invests €263 million to strengthen grid

Gas

EU invests €263 million to strengthen grid

The European Union is to invest €263 million on energy infrastructure projects to strengthen the European grid.

New challenges force transmission charge review

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New challenges force transmission charge review

New challenges have forced National Grid to review transmission charges to ensure a “level playing field” for emerging technologies such as demand side response and battery storage.

Political uncertainty is biggest challenge for energy

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Political uncertainty is biggest challenge for energy

The Energy Institute annual barometer report has revealed the key challenges as seen by the sector

PipeCo: could it work?

Gas

PipeCo: could it work?

Attracting investment may demand more than just a framework – it could need a whole new business model.

District heat: an attractive investment?

Gas

District heat: an attractive investment?

District heat networks are expected to supply a significant proportion of the UK's heating needs, but first the sector needs to attract institutional investment.

Smart metering: gaining early advantage

Power

Smart metering: gaining early advantage

The smart meter rollout is about to begin. Mike Wilks explains what distribution network operators need to be doing now to gain early advantage from the resulting deluge of data.

Brexit and customer satisfaction

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Brexit and customer satisfaction

Utilities with international ownership need to ensure they maintain focus on understanding local customer preferences throughout the UK-EU break-up, says Jo Causon.

Ukraine: learning from the cyberattack

Gas

Ukraine: learning from the cyberattack

Andrew Wadsworth says last year’s cyberattack on the Ukraine electricity supply has lessons for all users of operational technology.

Fight crime with a culture change

Power

Fight crime with a culture change

Russ Madley explains why energy networks are in desperate need of a culture change

A multipronged plan for heat

Gas

A multipronged plan for heat

There is no single way to decarbonise heat cheaply, but there are options if the UK starts the planning process now.

Smart metering will make data core

Power

Smart metering will make data core

Smart metering will alter core network capabilities, says Stephen Haw.

Security strategy: navigating cyber standards

Power

Security strategy: navigating cyber standards

Rob Hayes and Jonathan Lam of PA Consulting reveal the rise of smart grids means networks are at a critical security juncture.

Dealing with the digital enemy: the rise of cybercrime

Gas

Dealing with the digital enemy: the rise of cybercrime

How will the UK’s critical infrastructure deal with the new and growing threat of cybercrime?

Bonfield speaks out on SGN sale

Gas

Bonfield speaks out on SGN sale

National Grid has said it is unlikely that the buyer of its four gas distribution businesses will also bid for the minority stake in SGN which energy supplier SSE put up for sale earlier this week.

Energy networks ‘may not have their monopolies’ in 20 years, says regulator

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Energy networks ‘may not have their monopolies’ in 20 years, says regulator

Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan has said it is possible energy network operation may become open to competition within the next 20 years.

National Grid gas sale ‘on track’ as profits rise

Gas

National Grid gas sale ‘on track’ as profits rise

National Grid has reported an increase in pre-tax profit of 15% to £3 billion, up from £2.6 billion the previous year, as it announced the sale of its gas distribution business is “on track”.

Data: maximising value, minimising risk

Strategy & Management

Data: maximising value, minimising risk

Guru System's Casey Cole explains how to maximise value from data while minimising the associated risks of sharing.

Don’t care, wont care

Strategy & Management

Don’t care, wont care

Should consumers care about the shape of the future energy system and should they have a bigger hand in designing its evolution?

Camborne targets storage rollout through strategic partnership

Strategy & Management

Camborne targets storage rollout through strategic partnership

Large-scale energy storage developer Camborne Energy Storage has announced two new partnerships to drive a “significant” rollout of energy storage in the UK over the next two years.

FPSA to “challenge” established power system architecture

Power

FPSA to “challenge” established power system architecture

The Future Power System Architecture Project will “challenge the established architecture” of the power system and identify 35 new or extended functions for the UK power grid when it submits its full report in July, industry leaders heard at an event in London last night.

Join the dots: a talk with the NIC’s Philip Graham

Heat

Join the dots: a talk with the NIC’s Philip Graham

Jane Gray speaks with National Infrastructure Commission chief executive Philip Graham about his plan for electricity system transformation and its links to national infrastructure needs.

A magazine is born – welcome to Network!

Gas

A magazine is born – welcome to Network!

Network editor Jane Gray introduces the magazine's first issue.

National Grid: Creating an ISO will damage investor confidence

Strategy & Management

National Grid: Creating an ISO will damage investor confidence

National Grid has warned against moving to an independent system operator (ISO), as the necessary market changes will not help investor confidence in the UK energy market.

Actavo makes US acquisition

Strategy & Management

Actavo makes US acquisition

Engineering solutions provider Actavo has bought Atlantic Engineering Group, marking its first foray into the US market.

Power

Systems advocate joins Catapult board

The Energy Systems Catapult has appointed an expert in whole energy system modelling to join its board, strengthening its expertise in energy systems integration.