Technology & Operations

WPD completes network refurbishment

Technology & Operations

WPD completes network refurbishment

Western Power Distribution have completed a £600,000 refurbishment of a 132kV network that runs from Devon to Cornwall.

Open Networks Project picks up the pace

Gas

Open Networks Project picks up the pace

Randolph Brazier, head of innovation at the Energy Networks Association, updates readers on the progress of the Open Networks Project - a major pan-industry initiative to set out the changing roles and responsibilities of network companies.

The case for a role-based approach to DSO

Customers

The case for a role-based approach to DSO

Dr Vincent Thornley, technology director at Fundamentals, looks at how distribution network operators are continuing their transition to distribution system operators.

National Grid launches ‘Future of Gas’ report

Gas

National Grid launches ‘Future of Gas’ report

National Grid has launched a report which highlights the role gas plays in the UK.

IME wants networks to improve digital infrastructure

Heat

IME wants networks to improve digital infrastructure

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has called for new levels of digital resilience and reliability to be built into electricity networks, including protection against hackers.

Wales & West Utilities maintains health and safety record

Gas

Wales & West Utilities maintains health and safety record

Wales & West Utilities has been recognised for its health and safety record.

SPEN launches £15m Green Economy Fund

Heat

SPEN launches £15m Green Economy Fund

SP Energy Networks has unveiled a new £15 million fund which is aimed at kick starting the way both transport and heating is powered in Scotland.

Man cheats death after coming into contact with power line

Heat

Man cheats death after coming into contact with power line

Electricity North West has issued a safety warning after a man cheated death when he came into contact with a live 11,000-volt power line during the extreme weather.

New regulatory framework proposed by Ofgem

Gas

New regulatory framework proposed by Ofgem

Companies responsible for the country's gas and electricity networks could have the amount of money they can return to their shareholders cut, under plans outlined by Britain's energy regulator Ofgem.

SSEN submits case to Ofgem for Orkney transmission link

Technology & Operations

SSEN submits case to Ofgem for Orkney transmission link

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission under licence, has submitted a 'needs case' to Ofgem for a 220kV subsea cable transmission link from Orkney to the Scottish mainland.

‘Gas to Listowel’ project progressing well

Gas

‘Gas to Listowel’ project progressing well

Work on Gas Networks Ireland €20m 'Gas to Listowel' project is progressing well.

Morrison Utility Connections to deliver University power upgrade project

Power

Morrison Utility Connections to deliver University power upgrade project

Morrison Utility Connections has been awarded a £2 million power upgrade project by the University of Sheffield to install electrical infrastructure into its Advanced Manufacturing Campus.

National Grid issues ‘gas deficit warning’

Gas

National Grid issues ‘gas deficit warning’

National Grid has issued a 'gas deficit warning' as supplies slipped 48 million cubic metres short of demand amidst extreme weather conditions.

Northern Powergrid to utilise smart meter data

Power

Northern Powergrid to utilise smart meter data

Northern Powergrid has unveiled a programme that aims to use smart meter data to transform the way electricity losses can be identified and tackled.

Network operators responding well to severe weather

Power

Network operators responding well to severe weather

Electricity distribution network operators are responding well to the severe weather - with both SSEN and Northern Powergrid working to keep the power on.

CMA rejects appeal on transmission charges

Power

CMA rejects appeal on transmission charges

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has dismissed an appeal by SSE and EDF Energy against an Ofgem decision on the transmission charges levied on generators.

Trial to explore blending of hydrogen into gas network

Gas

Trial to explore blending of hydrogen into gas network

A trial which will explore the potential blending of hydrogen into the gas network will get underway at Keele University next year.

Moixa joins V2G consortium

Power

Moixa joins V2G consortium

Moixa has joined a consortium that will study how to reward drivers who use their electric car batteries to support the UK's power grid, it has announced.

£1m upgrade to Huddersfield gas distribution network

Gas

£1m upgrade to Huddersfield gas distribution network

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is investing more than £1 million to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around Lockwood, Huddersfield.

Transforming the network

Heat

Transforming the network

Network continues its look at projects awarded funding from Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition (NIC) and the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA). Alec Peachey speaks to Colin Taylor, director of processes and technology at SP Energy Networks, about their recent awards.

Building relationships with network customers

Heat

Building relationships with network customers

Paul Bircham, commercial strategy and support director at Electricity North West, talks about how the company is building relationships with network customers.

Vattenfall backs HVDC for Norfolk offshore wind

Technology & Operations

Vattenfall backs HVDC for Norfolk offshore wind

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, plans to deploy high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable technology to connect Norfolk Vanguard and its sister project Norfolk Boreas to the UK's National Grid.

ENW investing £3m in power network

Power

ENW investing £3m in power network

Electricity North West is investing more than £3 million to upgrade the power network in Stalybridge, Buxton, Glossop and the High Peak areas.

ENA launches new Electricity Innovation Forum

Technology & Operations

ENA launches new Electricity Innovation Forum

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) will host the first Electricity Innovation Forum next month - an event aimed at sharing the latest knowledge and findings from the networks leading energy innovation projects.

UK Power Networks named most improved big company to work for

Power

UK Power Networks named most improved big company to work for

UK Power Networks has been named as the most improved company in the Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For list.

Innovation must become ‘business as usual’ for network companies

Gas

Innovation must become ‘business as usual’ for network companies

Jonathan Brearley, senior partner, networks, Ofgem talks about the need for network companies to use innovation in everyday working practices.

The freedom to decarbonise heat

Gas

The freedom to decarbonise heat

Chris Clarke, director of asset management and HSE, Wales and West Utilities, discusses the decarbonisation of heat.

Helicopter used to install composite power poles

Gas

Helicopter used to install composite power poles

More than 100 new composite poles that connect the Dorenell Wind Farm to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) Blackhillock substation, near Keith, have been successfully installed - with the help of a helicopter.

Airport’s power infrastructure to be delivered by UKPN Services

Power

Airport’s power infrastructure to be delivered by UKPN Services

UK Power Networks Services will provide power infrastructure services for Manchester Airport.

EI report reveals gas industry’s views on climate change

Gas

EI report reveals gas industry’s views on climate change

A new report published by the Energy Institute (EI) reveals the attitudes of global oil and gas professionals towards reducing the climate change impacts of natural gas.

A level playing field

Power

A level playing field

Mark Meyrick, head of smart grids at renewable energy supplier Ecotricity, discusses the challenge of DNOs and DSOs maintaining impartiality in the evolving environment of flexibility and ancillary services.