Adapting to the new reality
This summer's decision by Ofgem and the government to block DNOs from owning and operating storage was seen by some as a blow. Network looks at how they are finding ways to adapt and use existing assets to identify future business opportunities.
Providing energy solutions
Will the decarbonisation of heat and the use of low-carbon gases change the face of gas networks and infrastructure? Network explores the issues.
Decoding ‘peer-to-peer’ for electricity networks
Dr Daniel Saker, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks policy manager, examines the concept of 'peer-to-peer' energy trading and what it means for network companies.
Keeping the lights on
Network speaks to Sotiris Georgiopoulos, head of smart grid development, UK Power Networks.
Electricity distribution networks – a new model for a new age
Schneider Electric looks at how the distribution network operator (DNO) model is changing.
Ageing transformers – mitigating risk
Ageing power transformer assets can be maintained more effectively with online monitoring, says Vaisala.
Ahead of the field
Field Dynamics asks: what is the right field operating model to manage your assets?
Worries over gas smart meter roll-out
Concerns are raised about the safety and efficacy of the roll-out for gas smart meters.
David Smith: Turning up the network heat
ENA chief executive writes for Network on the project laying the foundations for smart grids in the UK
A modern approach to network automation
Schneider Electric highlights key considerations for networks seeking to balance the demands of an evolving network with existing infrastructure
Stepping into the future with an adaptable grid
Flexibility and adaptability are key benefits of the new energy infrastructure, says Schneider Electric.
From East into West
From advanced metering infrastructure to distribution automation, Private LTE / 4G (eLTE) has been proven and delivered, says Huawei UK's Nigel Nawacki.
Making substations the cornerstone of your smart grid
Innovative smart grid solutions are helping utilities improve grid reliability and efficiency, while enhancing security of supply
The future of our power system architecture
The latest findings from the government-sponsored Future Power System Architecture programme are out. Tom Grimwood takes a look at them.
ZIV Automation has supplied a protection and automation system for Llynfl Afan Renewable Energy Park.
ZIV Automation was chosen to provide a turnkey solution for protection and automation at Llynfl Afan Renewable Energy Park, together with the main contractor, NRS Group from Livingston (Scotland), and Gamesa Energy UK (GEUK). The park is connected to Western Power Distribution's network.
Expect the unexpected
Fahd Hashiesh, head of ABB's power consulting business for the UK, Middle East and Africa, explains why network operators must consider the balance between supply and demand - and how system studies can help them.
Policy & Regulation
A new world order
The technology is ready, now is the time to concentrate on the commercial and regulatory challenges that surround the DNOs' transition into DSOs, according to Laura Kane of Smarter Grid Solutions.
A material difference
Gary Stevens explains how Gnosys' self-healing technology is poised to transform network performance.
The road to RIIO2
Ofgem should review the detail of the networks' regulatory framework, but not throw the baby out with the bath water, warns Maxine Frerk.
Blue: when green just isn’t enough
Customers' views on performance, safety, total cost of ownership and the environment led Siemens to develop its Blue clean air switchgear technology, as Abhishek Sarkar, project manager for gas-insulated switchgear at Siemens, explains.
Complex whole systems for critical national infrastructure
What connects Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), Transport, Heat & Cooling, Healthcare, Built Environment, Industry, Retail, Residential and Commercial activity? asks Duncan Botting.
FPSA the right vehicle for driving energy future
To meet the needs of customers in the future the current power system needs to change, says Sacha Meckler.
Development of the future energy system – addressing the emerging barriers
The established GB electricity system is facing a period of unprecedented change in terms of the mix and location of generation technologies, the anticipated new demands placed on the system by electrification of heat and transport, and the expected growth of new 'beyond the meter' technologies and services.
Out of the coal age and into the stor-age
If the future of UK energy is to depend on renewables, effective storage will be vital to better connect these energy sources to the grid.
Mindfulness: AI technology that’s changing the landscape
When National Grid's discussions with technology provider DeepMind hit the national headlines earlier this year, it became clear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing have the potential to transform the energy industry.
Asset management: moving from reactive to proactive
For almost as long as the decades old infrastructure on which the UK's power networks operate have been running, the approach to managing its operation and maintenance has been reactive.
Powering improvement in health and safety strategy
The UK electricity industry has a long standing ambition to be a world leader in the field of health and safety.
Policy & Regulation
Ofgem’s targeted charging review
Ofgem has recently published what is billed as a potential significant code review on network charging.
EVs: Can they help defer costly reinforcements?
Look ahead to 2050, and it is expected that every new car and van sold in the UK will be electric, with each petrol powered engine being retired bringing the country closer to a purely electric fleet of vehicles.
Five ways LiDAR technology is mapping the future
LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology has hit the headlines recently, but for Distribution Network Operators, the technology is fast becoming business as usual.
Energy storage will allow customers greater flexibility
Energy storage has always been one of the most fundamental parts of any energy system, writes Steve Cox, Engineering and Technical Director at, Electricity North West.