Technology & Operations

Moixa and Energia in bid to build ‘virtual power plant’ in Irish homes

Power

Moixa and Energia in bid to build ‘virtual power plant’ in Irish homes

Battery manufacturer Moixa has announced a tie-up with Irish energy supplier Energia to run trials on how integrated smart home batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) can deliver flexibility to the grid.

SSEN to purge greenhouse gas from circuit breakers

Gas

SSEN to purge greenhouse gas from circuit breakers

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission has declared its intention to phase out the greenhouse gas sulphur hexafluoride (SF₆) - used to insulate circuit breakers in substations - by replacing it with a climate-friendly alternative air and vacuum system.

Give EV drivers “right to roam” across networks, APPG chair urges

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Give EV drivers “right to roam” across networks, APPG chair urges

The MP chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electric Vehicles has written an open letter to three major vehicle charging networks calling on them to adopt full roaming interoperability - and emphasising that government might force action if they fail to take the initiative.

Ofgem hits start on £1.9m energy data access project

Technology & Operations

Ofgem hits start on £1.9m energy data access project

Ofgem and Innovate UK are offering digital innovators £1.9m in funding to develop a software platform that will allow critical components of the flexible, digitised energy market to share data seamlessly.

“We need to retrain boiler engineers in low carbon heat skills”

Gas

“We need to retrain boiler engineers in low carbon heat skills”

With heat decarbonisation rising up the agenda, the UK needs a new programme to re-skill gas boiler engineers and plumbers in decarbonised heat technology, says Network Awards 2020 judge Lily Frencham of the Association for Decentralised Energy.

Rolling out the Pollywood pole

Power

Rolling out the Pollywood pole

Quentin Kopp, chairman of Pollywood, discusses a new way to make electricity poles using 85% less wood.

Northern Powergrid trial charges up electric vans to replace emergency generators

Power

Northern Powergrid trial charges up electric vans to replace emergency generators

Northern Powergrid is running a trial to use electric vans with on-board battery storage to replace diesel generators as a more sustainable means of restoring power to consumers during emergency works or power cuts.

Clean energy overtakes fossil fuel power in Q3

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Clean energy overtakes fossil fuel power in Q3

Electricity produced from wind, solar, biomass or hydro power exceeded electricity generated from fossil fuel sources in the third quarter of 2019, according to an analysis of government and industry data by climate change website Carbon Brief. 

Adopting new technology: the view from Senergy

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Adopting new technology: the view from Senergy

In our latest interview with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) on their work with the networks, Network speaks to Senergy chief executive Christine Boyle MBE.

Delivering the smart grid with bandwith for the future

Power

Delivering the smart grid with bandwith for the future

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is undertaking a project to address the bandwidth and security requirements for the smart grid. Kinan Ghanem, communications and systems integration lead, discusses how the project is progressing.

Powervault tie-up drives Kaluza network expansion

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Powervault tie-up drives Kaluza network expansion

Kaluza, the technology platform for smart energy devices launched by green power supplier OVO Group, has launched a new tie-up with Powervault, the UK based storage battery supplier.

SP Energy Networks launches 95MW auction on Piclo Flex platform

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SP Energy Networks launches 95MW auction on Piclo Flex platform

Scottish Power Energy Networks has become the fourth distribution network operator (DNO) to enter into a partnership with the Piclo Flex online auction platform to support its move towards flexible energy trading.

Testing substation circuit breakers safely

Technology & Operations

Testing substation circuit breakers safely

Damon Mount, UK and Southern Africa sales manager at Megger, discusses safety and accuracy when testing circuit breakers.

Using big data to reduce vegetation risk

Power

Using big data to reduce vegetation risk

Shane Brunker, chief technology officer at NM Group, discusses the importance of vegetation management and how it can be used to improve network operators' storm resilience.

Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

Gas

Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

Ofgem has launched its annual State of the Market report, which shows that the UK continues to be a global leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, although progress is slowing.

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BEAMA launches national infrastructure campaign

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BEAMA launches national infrastructure campaign

BEAMA has launched a new campaign which is focused on creating a fit for purpose supply chain for critical national infrastructure.

Energy networks elaborate on transformation plans

Technology & Operations

Energy networks elaborate on transformation plans

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has published its response to an open letter from the government and Ofgem, which praised its efforts to transform the energy system through the Open Networks project but called for more "tangible changes".

Brixton residents to trial smart ‘flexible energy’ project

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Brixton residents to trial smart ‘flexible energy’ project

A project run by UK Power Networks will see residents of a block of flats in Brixton be among the first domestic users in the UK to tap into the fast-emerging 'flexible energy' market.

Ofgem appoints Brearley as new chief executive

Technology & Operations

Ofgem appoints Brearley as new chief executive

Jonathan Brearley has been appointed as the new chief executive of Ofgem.

ESC policy review into local energy markets

Customers

ESC policy review into local energy markets

The Energy Systems Catapult is making businesses aware of the benefits and risks of participating in local energy markets through its policy review: The policy and regulatory context for new Local Energy Markets.

Energy Assets partners with Womens Utilities Network

Technology & Operations

Energy Assets partners with Womens Utilities Network

Energy Assets is teaming up with the Womens Utilities Network (WUN) to encourage greater industry diversity and better careers progression for women in the utilities sector.

City of London to get power boost

Power

City of London to get power boost

UK Power Networks is carrying out a £1.5 million project which will see more than 1,000 homes in the City of London benefit from a power upgrade.

Siemens announces partnership with UK100

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Siemens announces partnership with UK100

A network of mayors and council leaders is joining forces with Siemens to try to unlock a pipeline of clean energy projects worth more than £100bn as part of the UK's drive to meet net-zero emissions and the Paris Climate goals.

Innovators recognised at UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019

Gas

Innovators recognised at UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019

A number of innovators that are playing a role in supporting the UK to meet its net zero targets for greenhouse gas emission by 2050 were recognised at the UK Energy Innovation Awards last week.

WPD maintains place at top of stakeholder engagement table

Gas

WPD maintains place at top of stakeholder engagement table

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has strengthened its place at the top of the industry table for stakeholder engagement and customer vulnerability in the annual Ofgem incentive.

Device powers 45,000 homes with renewable energy

Power

Device powers 45,000 homes with renewable energy

A device, which has freed up 95MW of additional electricity network capacity - enough to power 45,000 homes - has been successfully proven in the UK.

Innovator Support Portal to provide international support for SMEs

Gas

Innovator Support Portal to provide international support for SMEs

The Energy Systems Catapult has launched a new Innovator Support Portal - providing SMEs with an online gateway to investors and international opportunities.

EDF Energy enters asset optimisation deal

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EDF Energy enters asset optimisation deal

EDF Energy have entered an asset optimisation deal with energy investment specialists, Gresham House, which will see them optimise 20MW of battery storage and 4MW of generation assets owned by the Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc.

EV smart charging providers pledge to open their networks

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EV smart charging providers pledge to open their networks

A group of electric vehicle (EV) smart charging solutions providers have pledged to open their networks for UK drivers through a "roaming partnership" by the end of this year.

Renationalisation would risk UK missing net-zero target, report claims

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Renationalisation would risk UK missing net-zero target, report claims

Labour's plans for renationalising energy networks would put at risk the UK's efforts of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new report.