Smarter Grid Solutions launches new energy resources management system
Smarter Grid Solutions launches new energy resources management system to help accelerate the net zero transition
tRIIO uses BIM for Albert Court gas mains replacement
Gas engineering business tRIIO, a joint venture organisation owned by Morrison Utility Services and Skanska UK, has completed major gas mains replacement work on Albert Court
Surge in popularity for ‘Power Up’ safety website as parents teach at home
UK Power Networks' free website designed to help children stay safe around electricity has seen its visitor numbers rise by more than 90%
CNG opens Europe’s largest renewable biomethane refuelling station
CNG opens Europe’s largest renewable biomethane refuelling station, one of two new facilities offering a low-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs.
North West poised to deliver £7bn investment into low carbon skills
The North West Energy & Hydrogen Cluster is to set out a roadmap for low carbon skills in the region.
Penso Power grows Europe’s largest battery storage scheme to 150MW
UK renewable energy and battery storage company, Penso Power, has secured land rights, planning permission and a grid connection offer to extend its 100MW Minety battery storage scheme in Wiltshire by a further 50MW.
SP Energy Networks creates real-time digital network model
Residential street fully fitted with EV charge points unveiled
Sutherland Avenue, Westminster, is the UK’s first residential avenue fully converted to provide lamppost EV charge points.
First apprentice appointed on North London Heat & Power Project
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has announced the appointment of the first apprentice for the North London Heat & Power Project (NLHPP), a major investment project to modernise Edmonton EcoPark.
Electricity demand set to reduce if UK workforce self-isolates
National Grid ESO is predicting a reduction in electricity demand in the case of the coronavirus spread prompting a lockdown across the country, writes James Wallin, Utility Week
UKPN launches ‘industry first’ heat readiness strategy
UK Power Networks has outlined a strategy to help reduce the carbon impact of heating.
Accelerate IoT opportunities
Joseph Melone, knowledge exchange associate at the University of Strathclyde’s Power Network Demonstration Centre (PNDC), discusses their readiness to support the exploration of the Internet-of-Things.
The move to data-driven vegetation management
Storms Ciara and Dennis are now recent memories, but they do serve as a reminder for our electricity networks that creating infrastructure resilience is not a do-once activity, especially for vegetation management
Utility Week Live now on 10-11 November 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Week Live 2020, due to take place at Birmingham's NEC 19-20 May 2020, has been suspended and moved to 10-11 November 2020.
Strategy & Management
Network Awards 2020 moved to 6 July 2020
Faversham House has today announced the Network Awards 2020, due to take place at Birmingham's Hilton Metropole on 17 March, have been moved to 6 July 2020.
Heat energy “greatest decarbonisation challenge”
A new paper identifies that heat energy, which now accounts for over a third of the UK's carbon emissions, is the greatest decarbonisation challenge the UK faces to reach net zero.
Wales & West Utilities announced as partner in Milford Haven project
Wales & West Utilities has been announced as the latest partner with Pembrokeshire County Council to deliver the Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom project.
People & Skills
Land rights company wins Small Business Sunday award
Ketton based land rights company, CLM, has recently been awarded the prestigious Theo Paphitis' Small Business Sunday award.
Technology & Operations
EIC seeks top SME innovators to showcase ‘game changing’ tech
The EIC is seeking 10 innovative SMEs with cutting edge technologies or solutions to join them at this year's Utility Week Live.
Leaked DEFRA report says net zero goal may increase air pollution
A leaked report from DEFRA warns that a move to burning hydrogen to heat UK homes risks increasing nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in towns and cities.
Strategy & Management
Electricity North West announces flexibility requirements
Electricity North West, the region's electricity distribution network operator, has announced its flexibility requirements.
Policy & Regulation
Government abandons opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms
The UK government has abandoned its opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms. This is over four years after ministers scrapped support for new projects effectively putting an end to new project developments.
Research & Development
Batteries enable 25% renewables boost at peak
Trial shows batteries could enable at least 25% more renewable energy to be utilised in peak times.
Batteries to provide reactive power in world-first project
Batteries will be used to provide a reactive power service as part of a landmark trial in the South East of England.
Bristol receives £10 million for low-carbon heat networks
Bristol's journey towards carbon neutrality has been boosted after the council received a £10 million government grant to help expand the city's heat networks to more communities.
Dunamis announces £8.9m in new utility infrastructure contracts
Fulcrum Group company, Dunamis, has secured a series of electrical and dual fuel infrastructure contracts, worth a combined £8.9million, for a mix of residential and industrial & commercial developments.
Technology & Operations
Get infrastructure right or risk failure of 5G rollout
Speaking at the Future Networks conference in Birmingham, Burns & McDonnell MD, Jonathan Chapman, issued the warning in the wake of the UK government's decision to move forward with building the country's 5G network.
Technology & Operations
Orkney in new flex trial after £1.6m funding win
Technology company Electron is the lead partner in a project to develop a multi-product flexibility exchange that has won £1.6m in the Flex Competition run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Flex uptake needs tougher targets, warns Energy UK
Progress on unleashing the potential of network flexibility has been "slow and patchy" and the UK risks failing to make the most of the opportunity, warns a new report published this week by Energy UK.
Energy white paper due end of March, whip confirms
A government whip has confirmed that the delayed energy white paper, giving an indication of the government's views on decarbonisation policy and the role of nuclear energy, is to be published by the end of March.
Sumitomo backs Highview with £36m global partnership
British "liquid air" energy storage start-up Highview Power has announced a partnership with major Japanese conglomerate, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, that will accelerate the global roll-out of its cryogenic storage facilities.