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Ahead of the field

Customers

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

Gas

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

Gas

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

Power

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

Power

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

Power

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

Power

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

Gas

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.

Power

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

Power

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.

A new world order

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

Gas

A material difference

Gary Stevens explains how Gnosys' self-healing technology is poised to transform network performance.

The road to RIIO2

Gas

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

Gas

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

Power

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

Power

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

Heat

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

Gas

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

Gas

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

Gas

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

Power

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.

Ofgem’s targeted charging review

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?

Power

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

Power

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

Gas

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.

Why the NIS Directive is making utility security a priority

Power

Why the NIS Directive is making utility security a priority

Utilities must act now and prioritise action to prevent potential security breaches and ensure security of supply, writes Jon Longstaff, head of Cyber Security (EMEA) at OMNETRIC Group.

Innovating towards a DSO model

Heat

Innovating towards a DSO model

With over 30 years' service, I can probably now be considered a veteran of the energy network world. While I hate to be reminded I'm not getting any younger, it does allow me to take stock of the changes I've seen in my time working for one of the country's largest and most diverse network operators, writes Stewart Reid, Scottish and Southern Energy's head of Asset Management & Innovation.

Has a tipping point been reached in the smart utility era?

Power

Has a tipping point been reached in the smart utility era?

As networks wrestle with the challenge of modernising the UK's power system to encompass all future aspirations, are we witnessing a tipping point in our own industry, questions Global Smart Transformation's managing director Duncan Botting.

Getting ready to transform the power system

Power

Getting ready to transform the power system

Eric Brown, the head of innovation at the Energy Systems Catapult, outlines the next stages of Future Power System Architecture Project

Networks are delivering on RIIO

Gas

Networks are delivering on RIIO

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association, pushes back against accusations that UK energy networks are making excessive returns.

District heat: follow the leading light?

Gas

District heat: follow the leading light?

District heating has made inroads in Copenhagen that developers in the UK could only dream of, but could and should the UK follow in Denmark's footsteps?