Technology & Operations

UKPN reveals electricity network control system plans

Power

UKPN reveals electricity network control system plans

Network operator UK Power Networks has unveiled plans for what it claims is the world's most advanced electricity network control system.

Need for EV infrastructure highlighted at Utility Week Live

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Need for EV infrastructure highlighted at Utility Week Live

A representative from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has set out the types of infrastructure required to support the rollout of electric vehicles.

Meeting net zero target requires urgent electricity system overhaul

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Meeting net zero target requires urgent electricity system overhaul

The operation of the electricity system must be urgently overhauled if the UK is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, without burdening consumers with unnecessary costs, an industry figure has warned.

Vattenfall wins first power network contract in UK

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Vattenfall wins first power network contract in UK

Vattenfall Networks, the UK's newest independent electricity network provider, has won its first distribution network contract with Helvellyn Group.

SSEN customers offered flexible connection option

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SSEN customers offered flexible connection option

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will offer flexible connections to all of its customers.

WPD announces results from latest flexibility tender

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WPD announces results from latest flexibility tender

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has awarded flexibility contracts totalling 21.5MW through its Flexible Power offering following the completion of its latest procurement round.

ENA report highlights gas networks priorities

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ENA report highlights gas networks priorities

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has released a new report that highlights industry priorities for gas network companies with decarbonisation identified as key.

Drone project begins flight trials on energy network assets

Gas

Drone project begins flight trials on energy network assets

A project, exploring how drone technology can be used to inspect network infrastructure, is set to begin conducting trials on both the electricity and gas networks this spring.

Document reveals Labour plan to nationalise energy networks

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Document reveals Labour plan to nationalise energy networks

Plans to put Britain's energy networks back under state ownership have been revealed in a Labour party document.

UKPN announces flexibility tender results

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UKPN announces flexibility tender results

UK Power Networks has announced the results of a tender to procure flexible energy services.

ScottishPower pledges to make Glasgow UK’s first ‘net zero’ city

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ScottishPower pledges to make Glasgow UK’s first ‘net zero’ city

ScottishPower, along with Glasgow City Council, is aiming to transform Glasgow into the UK's first 'net zero' city.

Considering the impacts of localised energy

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Considering the impacts of localised energy

At a roundtable event organised by Network in association with National Grid, delegates were invited to consider the beneficial impact of localised energy in supporting the whole energy system.

WPD using 3D modelling to design substations

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WPD using 3D modelling to design substations

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is using the latest 3D modelling technology to revolutionise the design and creation of new substations.

£3m investment to upgrade network in North Ayrshire

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£3m investment to upgrade network in North Ayrshire

SP Energy Networks is carrying out a £3 million upgrade to its electricity network in North Ayrshire.

Total tapchanger solutions

Power

Total tapchanger solutions

Dr Jonathan Hiscock, managing director of Fundamentals Ltd, explains why tapchanger servicing is so important.

Short interruptions matter

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Short interruptions matter

With regulatory and technological changes afoot, the issue of reliability is never far from the top of the agenda for many in the regulatory sector. While much has been said about the need to avoid long power outages, has the issue of smaller interruptions been ignored? Network spoke to S&C Electric Company's director of regulatory affairs, Christopher Watts and its EMEA sales director, Jonathan Hopkins about why short interruptions matter, what can be done to avoid them, and what other solutions will improve grid reliability for the network of tomorrow.

NIC challenges government to make infrastructure commitments

Technology & Operations

NIC challenges government to make infrastructure commitments

The chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this autumn's Spending Review to commit to a once-in-a-generation transformation of the UK's transport, energy and technology networks.

Dealing with weather events

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Dealing with weather events

Alex Prentice, sector lead for utilities at Huntswood, examines how networks can prepare for a significant rise in customer complaints and queries around extreme weather events.

Decarbonisation driving change at ENW

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Decarbonisation driving change at ENW

Electricity North West is putting decarbonisation at the heart of its plans. Alec Peachey spoke to chief executive Peter Emery about a number of subjects including the company's drive to reduce carbon emissions, regulation, infrastructure - and how they're performing against the backdrop of a strategic review that could lead to a sale of the business.

Britain’s electric grid goes coal-free for a week

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Britain’s electric grid goes coal-free for a week

National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has confirmed the first ever week of coal-free operation of Great Britain's electricity system.

New energy storage research network setup

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New energy storage research network setup

The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) will lead a new energy storage research network.

Arup report highlights potential of hydrogen

Gas

Arup report highlights potential of hydrogen

A new report from Arup finds that hydrogen has a potentially significant role to play in decarbonising the whole energy system in the UK.

Keeping assets safe

Gas

Keeping assets safe

Security of critical infrastructure has hit the headlines recently, with increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks targeting the drive to digitalise our systems. Jeopardising the functionality of these assets can materially impact economic security, public health and safety. Cara MacGregor, head of strategy at Lagoni Engineering, discusses the work it's doing in this area.

The benefits of flexibility

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The benefits of flexibility

Graham Ault, executive director at Smarter Grid Solutions, discusses the key values that flexibility can bring to an economically developed and operated grid.

£70m network upgrade project progressing well

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£70m network upgrade project progressing well

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is progressing with a £70 million project to upgrade the existing overhead network between Beauly and Keith, with the second phase of work now under way between Nairn and Elgin.

Vattenfall chosen as ‘front runner’ for heat network project

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Vattenfall chosen as ‘front runner’ for heat network project

Vattenfall has been selected as the preferred partner to deliver a district heating infrastructure project in North London.

£20m project to modernise electricity network in Fife

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£20m project to modernise electricity network in Fife

SP Energy Networks has started a major £20 million project to modernise a key part of the power network in Central and Southern Scotland.

ENW confirms customer engagement group appointments

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ENW confirms customer engagement group appointments

Eight industry experts have been appointed to Electricity North West's newly-formed customer engagement group.

SSEN provides £20m network boost

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SSEN provides £20m network boost

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has invested £20 million in the electricity infrastructure that serves the Ridgeway area of central southern England over the last two years.

Networks can help UK meet net zero emissions target

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Networks can help UK meet net zero emissions target

Energy networks will be at the heart of the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommendations to move beyond an 80% target and deliver net zero emissions by 2050.

£30m funding for smart energy systems up for grabs

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£30m funding for smart energy systems up for grabs

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop designs for smart local energy systems that make the best use of innovative technologies including cheaper renewables, energy storage, low carbon heat and digital infrastructure.