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Land rights company wins Small Business Sunday award

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.

EIC seeks top SME innovators to showcase ‘game changing’ tech

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

Heat

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.

Electricity North West announces flexibility requirements

Strategy & Management

Electricity North West announces flexibility requirements

Electricity North West, the region's electricity distribution network operator, has announced its flexibility requirements.

Government abandons opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms

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.

Batteries enable 25% renewables boost at peak

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

Power

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

Gas

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

Gas

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.

Get infrastructure right or risk failure of 5G rollout

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.

Orkney in new flex trial after £1.6m funding win

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

Heat

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

Heat

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

Gas

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.

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

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.

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.