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Report highlights hydrogen opportunities

Gas

Report highlights hydrogen opportunities

Scotland and North East England offer the best opportunities for successful hydrogen production hubs, according to a report from the Policy Exchange's energy team.

Online portal could boost renewable generation

Power

Online portal could boost renewable generation

UK Power Networks is testing a new online portal that could save as much in carbon emissions as planting a forest 2.5 times the size of the city of London every year and reduce costs by at least £1 million a year.

Composite poles used to power up Scotland

Power

Composite poles used to power up Scotland

Composite poles have been deployed for the first time on Great Britain's transmission system and are being used to carry power lines from the Dorenell wind farm in Scotland.

Storm causes damage to electricity network in NI

Power

Storm causes damage to electricity network in NI

Storm Ali has caused significant damage to the electricity network in Northern Ireland.

Lake District scenery enhanced as power lines removed

Power

Lake District scenery enhanced as power lines removed

Electricity North West is working to remove decades-old overhead power lines and electricity poles in the Lake District.

Pod Point secures EV charging supply agreement with Kier

Technology & Operations

Pod Point secures EV charging supply agreement with Kier

Electric vehicle charging provider Pod Point has won a three-year supplier agreement with Kier.

New gas connection scheme launched in Bracknell

Gas

New gas connection scheme launched in Bracknell

Network operator Cadent and Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) have launched a new gas connection scheme in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Network Awards launched

Gas

Network Awards launched

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions

Customers

WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has agreed a new enterprise licence deal with Western Power Distribution (WPD), which will see the network operator deploy ANM Strata software across its entire network area.

Taskforce set up to accelerate adoption of EVs

Technology & Operations

Taskforce set up to accelerate adoption of EVs

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has set up an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to tackle energy sector opportunities and impacts associated with the rise of EVs.

National Grid submits plans for Wylfa Newydd connection

Power

National Grid submits plans for Wylfa Newydd connection

National Grid has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a second connection for Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Smith Brothers appoints specialist design team

Power

Smith Brothers appoints specialist design team

High-voltage power contractor Smith Brothers has appointed a specialist design team to bolster its remit of electrical engineering services.

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

Heat

SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace

SP Energy Networks are planning to work with Fife Council and other partners, to create a new online energy marketplace to trade people's electricity.

WPD carrying out pole upgrade

Customers

WPD carrying out pole upgrade

A project to upgrade low voltage poles that have been in place since 1956 on the Isles of Scilly is being carried out by Western Power Distribution.

Power upgrade in Coulsdon

Power

Power upgrade in Coulsdon

UK Power Networks is investing £250,000 in a project to increase the reliability of electricity supplies for people in Coulsdon.

Ofgem visits SGN’s Paisley depot

Gas

Ofgem visits SGN’s Paisley depot

SGN recently welcomed visitors from energy regulator Ofgem to its Paisley depot.

Two-year anniversary for 105 power cut number

Power

Two-year anniversary for 105 power cut number

The free 105 power cut number continues to perform well with figures showing that it has been used more than three million times since it was launched two years ago today (6 September).

Mackay visits Smarter Grid Solutions

Customers

Mackay visits Smarter Grid Solutions

Derek Mackay, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Finance, visited the head office of Smarter Grid Solutions earlier this week.

Cadent working on gas pipe upgrade in Ramsbottom

Gas

Cadent working on gas pipe upgrade in Ramsbottom

Gas network Cadent is nearing the end of a project to replace underground pipe that's brought gas to homes in Ramsbottom for 140 years.

Networks renewable improvements save customers £40m

Power

Networks renewable improvements save customers £40m

Four electricity networks have joined forces to create a programme of improvements that will keep more renewable energy flowing onto local networks and save customers across Great Britain £40 million.

Frequency Response

Technology & Operations

Frequency Response

System frequency is a continuously changing variable that is determined and controlled by the second-by-second (real time) balance between system demand and total generation. If demand is greater than generation, the frequency falls while if generation is greater than demand, the frequency rises. National Grid use generation and demand to control system frequency within operational limits.

£90m energy innovation competition launched

Gas

£90m energy innovation competition launched

Network companies have called on partners to help them compete for a share of £90 million of funding which is available through Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

RIIO-T2 consultation launched by SP Energy Networks

Heat

RIIO-T2 consultation launched by SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks has launched a public consultation to help plan the future of electricity transmission in Scotland as part of its five-year investment plan for RIIO-T2.

£8m investment to boost power network in Leicester

Power

£8m investment to boost power network in Leicester

Western Power Distribution is investing £8 million on a power upgrade in Leicester.

Haydale delivers pipe sealing system to National Grid

Gas

Haydale delivers pipe sealing system to National Grid

Haydale has produced and delivered eight General Transition Piece Sealing Systems for use across two National Grid sites on the UK gas transmission network.

Demand for gas in Ireland reaches all-time high

Gas

Demand for gas in Ireland reaches all-time high

Natural gas demand for power generation hit an all-time high in Ireland during the months of June and July 2018.

WPD tops Ofgem’s stakeholder incentive scheme

Gas

WPD tops Ofgem’s stakeholder incentive scheme

Western Power Distribution has strengthened its place at the top of the industry table for stakeholder engagement and customer vulnerability in the annual Ofgem incentive.

SGN announces chairs for customer engagement group

Gas

SGN announces chairs for customer engagement group

SGN has appointed a chair and two deputy chairs for its newly-formed customer engagement group.

Sixteen apprentices join UKPN

Power

Sixteen apprentices join UKPN

UK Power Networks has recruited 16 apprentices who will train to be electricity linespeople and cable jointers.

Northern Powergrid receives order of distinction at RoSPA awards

Power

Northern Powergrid receives order of distinction at RoSPA awards

Northern Powergrid has been awarded an Order of Distinction by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) after achieving its 17th consecutive Gold Medal for its safety record.

The Firm Frequency Response FFR Market

Technology & Operations

The Firm Frequency Response FFR Market

This video gives an outline of the firm frequency response (FFR) service that National Grid procure to help balance the system and maintain system frequency within operational limits. FFR allows National Grid to effectively manage frequency fluctuations and ensure a reliable, high-quality supply of electricity.