Industry recognised at Decentralised Energy Awards
Staff working in the decentralised energy industry were recognised at the Decentralised Energy Awards 2018 earlier this week.
UKPN to trial Faraday Grid technology
UK Power Networks (UKPN) will trial new smart grid technology from Faraday Grid that is designed to create a smart, flexible electricity system that increases the capacity to deliver more renewable energy at a lower cost to consumers.
Northern Powergrid invests £3.5m in network upgrade
Northern Powergrid is investing £3.5 million on refurbishing, rebuilding and creating a smarter power network for customers in Rothbury, Thropton and the surrounding area.
Smith Brothers gets Saint-Gobain site on grid
Power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has completed a large-scale assignment to connect the Saint-Gobain Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough, Goole, to the grid.
Energy Data Taskforce launched
Energy Minister Claire Perry has launched an Energy Data Taskforce.
Pivot Power to install £25m battery in Carlisle
Pivot Power has announced plans to build a £25 million grid-scale battery that will pave the way for an electric vehicle (EV) charging superhub on the edge of Carlisle.
Technology & Operations
Report: Ban on new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward
The Government's 2040 targets for zero emission cars are vague and unambitious, says the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee in a report published last week (19 October).
Siemens and University of Oxford partner to undertake research study
Siemens and the University of Oxford have been awarded funding from Innovate UK to develop a feasibility study to assess the value of creating a virtual private wire network (VPWN) to centrally manage the energy use of a site with multiple locations and energy sources.
Up to 3m EV charge points could be needed by 2040
As many as three million electric vehicle (EV) charge points may need to be installed at industrial and commercial sites across Great Britain by 2040, a new report has found.
Call for greater EV infrastructure
Burns & McDonnell has challenged the industry to prepare for the rise in electric vehicles (EVs) if the UK wants to be a world leader in clean energy and low carbon transport.
Fulcrum connects £4m gas pipeline to Devon factory
Fulcrum has designed and installed a 12-kilometre pipeline which connects Premier Foods' Lifton-based factory to the natural gas network.
£320m investment for heat networks
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) - a major Government project which will invest £320 million of capital funding in heat network projects.
New heat network council launched
The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has launched the Heat Network Industry Council with the objective of supporting Government in achieving its vision of achieving a sustainable industry.
Technology & Operations
Smarter Grid Solutions completes Shetland upgrade
Smarter Grid Solutions has successfully completed an upgrade to Shetland's Active Network Management system after the completion of a five-year project with the island's electricity network operator.
Sandys joins SGN’s board
Laura Sandys has joined SGN's board of directors as a senior independent director.
UK set for surge in plants producing ‘green gas’
The UK is expected to see a big increase in biomethane plants with predictions of a 50% rise in the number operating by 2020.
ENA launches best-practice guides for flexibility services
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched five best-practice guides designed to help distributed energy generators and local energy players with business planning and investment decisions.
ETI outlines energy system scenarios
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has highlighted two different energy scenarios that demonstrate how the UK could decarbonise heat to meet its 2050 climate change targets.
Ofgem to open tenders for offshore wind power links
Ofgem is inviting companies to bid for ownership of the electricity transmission link to the 1.2 gigawatt (GW) Hornsea 1 wind farm project off the coast of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
IGEM chosen to develop new hydrogen standards
The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has been chosen to develop hydrogen standards for the government's £25 million research and innovation programme.
SP Energy Networks joins flexibility marketplace
SP Energy Networks will trial the Piclo Flexibility Marketplace in an effort to uncover where flexibility can be used across its networks.
Customer engagement group starts work
Wales & West Utilities' customer engagement group has met for the first time.
£3m Stalybridge power upgrade completed
Engineers from Electricity North West have completed a £3 million power upgrade in Stalybridge.
SSEN carrying out power upgrade in Reading
Work by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to upgrade and strengthen the power supply in Reading has entered the next phase.
NGN sets up customer engagement group
Northern Gas Networks has set up an independent customer engagement group.
120MW battery storage portfolio transaction completed
UK Power Reserve has awarded the second phase of its battery-based energy storage portfolio contracts to Fluence, a Siemens and AES company.
EVs added to network operator’s fleet
UK Power Networks has become the first of London's utility networks to put electric vehicles (EVs) on the capital's roads, as part of its operational fleet.
Policy & Regulation
NIC to carry out regulation study
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is to examine regulation of the UK's energy, telecoms and water industries.
Electricity flexibility project gets Ofgem green light
SP Energy Networks Project Fusion will get underway this month (October) after energy regulator Ofgem confirmed its funding for the scheme.
Cadent using ‘Gas Bots’ to carry out pipe repairs
Cadent is using innovative 'Gas-Bots' to carry out repairs to gas pipes in London.
UK Power Networks announces 25 ‘flexibility first’ zones
UK Power Networks has announced ambitious plans to procure more than 100MW of flexibility services from distributed energy resources (DER).