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Pivot Power signs Wärtsilä for pilot 50 MW battery sites

Power

Pivot Power signs Wärtsilä for pilot 50 MW battery sites

Pivot Power, the battery storage and electric vehicle charging specialist that became a subsidiary of EDF Renewables last November, has placed an order with technology group Wärtsilä to deliver 100 MW of battery storage in the UK.

Heat-as-service declared a hit in Living Labs trial

Gas

Heat-as-service declared a hit in Living Labs trial

Boiler company Baxi and energy provider Bristol Energy have announced the successful completion of a trial to provide "heat-as-as-service", an innovation that could be an important component of the low carbon retrofit revolution.

Piclo secures £562k BEIS grant for energy ‘eBay’

Technology & Operations

Piclo secures £562k BEIS grant for energy ‘eBay’

Piclo, the digital company that has developed online trading platforms for energy flexibility, has secured £562,000 in funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to launch and trial a new type of online flexibility market.

Gas

Network of the future

Editor Alec Peachey outlines Network's central theme and provides a breakdown of the trends that will sit under it.

Power

Northern Powergrid appeals for information after horse deaths

Northern Powergrid has made an appeal for information to help catch metal thieves after an attempted theft in Redmarshall, Stockton-on-Tees, left a powerline hanging dangerously low, leading to the deaths of four horses.

Switch2Energy and Cornwall Insight join Rewire-NW

Gas

Switch2Energy and Cornwall Insight join Rewire-NW

Rewire-NW, which is led by community energy and sustainability charity Pure Leapfrog, has won a share of £21m of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for 10 ground-breaking smart UK energy projects.

Vital Energi signs up for 18MW energy from waste plant

Gas

Vital Energi signs up for 18MW energy from waste plant

Energy generation and supply specialist Vital Energi has signed a contract to develop a new energy from waste facility near Burton upon Trent, which will eventually generate 18MWe of electricity from non-recyclable Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).

Ofgem to review WPD’s record on vulnerable customers

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem to review WPD’s record on vulnerable customers

Ofgem has announced that it is launching an investigation into whether Western Power Distribution (WPD) has acted in compliance with rules around updating its Priority Services Register.

Tube plan among local energy projects scooping £21m from UKRI

Heat

Tube plan among local energy projects scooping £21m from UKRI

The Department for Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed 10 demonstration phase projects sharing £21m from UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) Local Smart Energy Designs programme, including a scheme to recycle heat from London Underground tunnels.

Five hydrogen projects share £28m BEIS funding

Gas

Five hydrogen projects share £28m BEIS funding

Five projects geared to developing hydrogen as a low carbon fuel are to share £28m in government funding, as part of a £90m funding package aimed at cutting both domestic and industrial emissions.

SSEN starts EV switch after ‘new normal’ pledge

Technology & Operations

SSEN starts EV switch after ‘new normal’ pledge

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), part of the wider SSE Group, has taken delivery of the first electric vans to serve communities across Scotland.

Ransomware cyberattack shuts down US gas facility

Gas

Ransomware cyberattack shuts down US gas facility

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a federal agency of the US government, has warned energy asset operators in the US to fully secure their networks after a hacker was able to gain access to the operating system at a natural gas compression facility.

Alfen picks Moixa for ‘batteries on wheels’ EV trial

Technology & Operations

Alfen picks Moixa for ‘batteries on wheels’ EV trial

Moixa, the firm behind smart software for domestic battery and electric vehicle (EV) charging, and smart charge point specialist Alfen have launched a trial project that will see the latter's customers using Moixa's GridShare software to help reduce home energy bills.

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Gas

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Ofgem has revealed more details about its review of system operations on both the gas and electricity networks, less than one year since the last major shake-up in the electricity grid.

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Gas

Ofgem scopes out fast-forward systems operation review

Ofgem has revealed more details about its review of system operations on both the gas and electricity networks, less than one year since the last major shake-up in the electricity grid.

Ofgem approves UKPN to access smart meter data

Power

Ofgem approves UKPN to access smart meter data

UK Power Networks has become the second Distribution Network Operator to secure Ofgem approval to access smart meter data for households and small businesses in its patch, after the regulator approved its data security plan.

Ofgem approves UKPN to access smart meter data

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem approves UKPN to access smart meter data

UK Power Networks has become the second Distribution Network Operator to secure Ofgem approval to access smart meter data for households and small businesses in its patch, after the regulator approved its data security plan.

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas distribution network Cadent has invested in four new police-style patrol bikes for emergency engineers as part of its expanded rapid response fleet.

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas distribution network Cadent has invested in four new police-style patrol bikes for emergency engineers as part of its expanded rapid response fleet.

SP Energy Networks reveals fault level management breakthrough

Power

SP Energy Networks reveals fault level management breakthrough

Electricity distributor SP Energy Networks has unveiled groundbreaking new technology that can give an accurate real-time reading of the short circuit capacity, or fault level, on networks.

Power now restored to customers affected by Storm Ciara

Power

Power now restored to customers affected by Storm Ciara

Engineers have worked through the night to restore power to 62,869 customers affected by Storm Ciara

Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

Gas

Coronavirus outbreak sends global gas prices tumbling

The coronavirus outbreak is putting more pressure on global pricing for gas sellers, against the backdrop of an already oversupplied European gas market, causing prices to be pushed even lower.

BEIS spotlights heat networks with consultation and grants

Gas

BEIS spotlights heat networks with consultation and grants

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has welcomed two new government announcements supporting heat networks: a consultation in advance of dedicated legislation and the award of £40m to seven projects through the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).

UK Power Networks pioneers new super-fast circuit breakers

Heat

UK Power Networks pioneers new super-fast circuit breakers

UK Power Networks is claiming a world first by installing next generation circuit breakers in part of London's electricity network, estimating significant cost and carbon savings due to their ability to facilitate the connection of Combined Heat and Power systems.

Green, amber and red lights for EV installers in north east

Power

Green, amber and red lights for EV installers in north east

Northern Powergrid has launched an online tool, underpinned by network data, that will enable local authorities, electric vehicle (EV) installers and businesses planners to identify the best new EV charging point connection locations.

Decarbonisation Action Plan targets greenwashed energy tariffs

Gas

Decarbonisation Action Plan targets greenwashed energy tariffs

The energy regulator Ofgem has published its Decarbonisation Action Plan, which has seen support for its targeting of greenwashed energy tariffs.

Nemo outperforms in first year

Power

Nemo outperforms in first year

The Nemo Link power cable between UK and Belgium has recorded world leading performance in its first full year of operation. 

Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps

Gas

Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps

New Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley used his first day in post to publish the regulator's Decarbonisation Action Plan, setting out nine steps the regulator plans to make in the next 18 months to meet the 2050 net-zero challenge.

Johnson toughens up targets on coal power and EVs

Power

Johnson toughens up targets on coal power and EVs

Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will eliminate all coal-powered electricity generation by 2024 - a year earlier than originally planned - and will outlaw the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 rather than 2040.

New apprentices for UK Power Networks as levy criticism mounts

Heat

New apprentices for UK Power Networks as levy criticism mounts

In National Apprenticeship Week, UK Power Networks has announced that it is recruiting 16 new apprentices to join the company in September.

DNOs publish data on connected assets over 1 MW

Power

DNOs publish data on connected assets over 1 MW

The Energy Networks Association, which is running the Open Networks Project, has announced the completion of its project to publish System Wide Resource Registers, detailing connected generation over 1MW on the distribution networks.