Technology & Operations

Networks funding adjustment requests given green light

Gas

Networks funding adjustment requests given green light

Energy regulator Ofgem has confirmed that network companies can apply for additional allowances to cover extra costs in their price controls, which had not been forecast when they were agreed.

£350m financing will support network investment in NI

Technology & Operations

£350m financing will support network investment in NI

NIE Networks has secured £350 million of financing to support electricity network investment in Northern Ireland.

AI could halve the number of power cuts

Power

AI could halve the number of power cuts

Artificial intelligence (AI) could help predict and prevent power cuts before they happen, potentially helping to halve the number of outages.

Research shows EV take up remains low

Power

Research shows EV take up remains low

New research carried out by Electricty North West shows that just two per cent of British drivers currently own an electric car.

Marine survey work starts for Greenlink interconnector

Power

Marine survey work starts for Greenlink interconnector

Offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route for an undersea electricity interconnector between the UK and Ireland is underway.

Fulcrum achieves £2m order book growth

Gas

Fulcrum achieves £2m order book growth

Fulcrum, the UK's leading independent multi-utility infrastructure and services provider, has reported a £2 million growth in its order book.

Asset management strategies are changing

Technology & Operations

Asset management strategies are changing

Utilities have long used a cycle-based maintenance approach to asset management, including activities such as inspections, refurbishments and replacements. This industry insight from Nokia looks at how their approach is changing.

Network 2019

Technology & Operations

Network 2019

Helping energy networks demonstrate and deliver exceptional service and innovation today and tomorrow.

Enabling the smart energy networks of the future

Gas

Enabling the smart energy networks of the future

Dr Peter Couch, chief executive officer of the Joint Radio Company (JRC), highlights the importance of smart telecommunication technologies.

Understanding assets

Gas

Understanding assets

Energy systems are changing and balancing the need to upgrade the networks for the future customer while maintaining the operational performance and affordability needed today is key. Ben Hargreaves reports.

Judges confirmed for Network Awards

Gas

Judges confirmed for Network Awards

The judges have been announced for the 2019 Network Awards.

Report highlights hydrogen opportunities

Gas

Report highlights hydrogen opportunities

Scotland and North East England offer the best opportunities for successful hydrogen production hubs, according to a report from the Policy Exchange's energy team.

Online portal could boost renewable generation

Power

Online portal could boost renewable generation

UK Power Networks is testing a new online portal that could save as much in carbon emissions as planting a forest 2.5 times the size of the city of London every year and reduce costs by at least £1 million a year.

Composite poles used to power up Scotland

Power

Composite poles used to power up Scotland

Composite poles have been deployed for the first time on Great Britain's transmission system and are being used to carry power lines from the Dorenell wind farm in Scotland.

Storm causes damage to electricity network in NI

Power

Storm causes damage to electricity network in NI

Storm Ali has caused significant damage to the electricity network in Northern Ireland.

Lake District scenery enhanced as power lines removed

Power

Lake District scenery enhanced as power lines removed

Electricity North West is working to remove decades-old overhead power lines and electricity poles in the Lake District.

Pod Point secures EV charging supply agreement with Kier

Technology & Operations

Pod Point secures EV charging supply agreement with Kier

Electric vehicle charging provider Pod Point has won a three-year supplier agreement with Kier.

Creating certainty

Heat

Creating certainty

Following the CMA's recent announcement recommending regulation of the heat network market, Jody Pittaway from SSE Enterprise Heat looks at why this is a welcome development for the industry.

Active network management from LV to HV

Power

Active network management from LV to HV

ZIV Automation continues to push the boundaries of network management solutions.

Embracing change

Gas

Embracing change

Akshay Kaul, director of network price controls at Ofgem, speaks exclusively to Network editor Alec Peachey about the regulator's stakeholder engagement incentive and a range of other subjects including RIIO2, innovation and the future energy system.

New gas connection scheme launched in Bracknell

Gas

New gas connection scheme launched in Bracknell

Network operator Cadent and Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) have launched a new gas connection scheme in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Making networks tick

Customers

Making networks tick

Maxine Frerk, director at Grid Edge Policy and former senior partner networks at Ofgem, looks at the subject of network charging.

Network Awards launched

Gas

Network Awards launched

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions

Customers

WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has agreed a new enterprise licence deal with Western Power Distribution (WPD), which will see the network operator deploy ANM Strata software across its entire network area.

Taskforce set up to accelerate adoption of EVs

Technology & Operations

Taskforce set up to accelerate adoption of EVs

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has set up an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to tackle energy sector opportunities and impacts associated with the rise of EVs.

National Grid submits plans for Wylfa Newydd connection

Power

National Grid submits plans for Wylfa Newydd connection

National Grid has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a second connection for Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Smith Brothers appoints specialist design team

Power

Smith Brothers appoints specialist design team

High-voltage power contractor Smith Brothers has appointed a specialist design team to bolster its remit of electrical engineering services.

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

Heat

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

SP Energy Networks are planning to work with Fife Council and other partners, to create a new online energy marketplace to trade people's electricity.

WPD carrying out pole upgrade

Customers

WPD carrying out pole upgrade

A project to upgrade low voltage poles that have been in place since 1956 on the Isles of Scilly is being carried out by Western Power Distribution.

Power upgrade in Coulsdon

Power

Power upgrade in Coulsdon

UK Power Networks is investing £250,000 in a project to increase the reliability of electricity supplies for people in Coulsdon.

Ofgem visits SGN’s Paisley depot

Gas

Ofgem visits SGN’s Paisley depot

SGN recently welcomed visitors from energy regulator Ofgem to its Paisley depot.