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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.

Householders vital to net-zero transition, says ADE

Heat

Householders vital to net-zero transition, says ADE

Policy makers should put the energy needs and aspirations of households at the centre of their thinking on achieving a net zero energy system, according to a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO

Gas

Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO

Consumers paid too much for their electricity during the RIIO-1 price control period after Ofgem set performance targets for the network companies too low and allowed them over-generous cost budgets, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Ofgem to review 600 MW Shetland HVDC link plan

Gas

Ofgem to review 600 MW Shetland HVDC link plan

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission) has resubmitted its investment case for a new transmission link for Shetland to energy regulator Ofgem, in a similar proposal to the submission that was put on ice last October.

RIIO-2 business plans fail on net-zero, says Ofgem panel

Gas

RIIO-2 business plans fail on net-zero, says Ofgem panel

Ofgem's RIIO-2 Challenge Group has criticised most of the energy companies that submitted their business plans in December for lacking strategic vision on reaching net-zero, although National Grid ESO was given an honourable mention.

Logan’s hydrogen refuelling station to power Belfast buses

Power

Logan’s hydrogen refuelling station to power Belfast buses

Logan Energy, an Edinburgh based specialist in hydrogen energy systems, has been contracted to supply and maintain a hydrogen refuelling station in Belfast that will support three new hydrogen-fuelled double decker buses in the city.

SP Energy Networks puts Glasgow charity on low carbon road

People & Skills

SP Energy Networks puts Glasgow charity on low carbon road

SP Energy Networks and Community Transport Glasgow have unveiled Glasgow's first ever all-electric minibuses, fully funded by the Distribution Network Operator to support vulnerable, disadvantaged and elderly people across the city.

National Grid: 400,000 needed for ‘Net Zero Workforce’

Gas

National Grid: 400,000 needed for ‘Net Zero Workforce’

The energy sector will have to step up on recruitment, training and communications with potential staff to fill 400,000 roles needed to meet the operational requirements of a net-zero energy system by 2050, according to a new report from National Grid.

Hydrogen must benefit UK more than offshore wind, say businesses

Gas

Hydrogen must benefit UK more than offshore wind, say businesses

The government needs to set a policy framework that means the economic advantages of the hydrogen transition benefit businesses and jobs growth in the UK, constrasting with the experience in the offshore wind farm sector, an event heard.

SSEN awarded £343k to model networks’ social impact

Innovation

SSEN awarded £343k to model networks’ social impact

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured £340,000 in funding from Ofgem's Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) for a project to support knowledge sharing between network operators and stakeholders in the energy system.

ENA to publish DSO implementation plan summer 2020

Gas

ENA to publish DSO implementation plan summer 2020

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched an eight week consultation on the draft 2020 Work Plan for the Open Networks Project, the cross-sector collaboration that is laying the groundwork for the network operators' transition to become Distribution System Operators (DSO).

UKRI funds £20m academic centre for industrial net-zero

Strategy & Management

UKRI funds £20m academic centre for industrial net-zero

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is running the £170 Industrial Strategy Challenge fund to promote strategies to reduce emissions in industrial clusters, is funding Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University to develop plans for a new academic centre geared to industrial decarbonisation.

IDNO Leep Utilities wins ‘dark kitchen’ contract

Gas

IDNO Leep Utilities wins ‘dark kitchen’ contract

Leep Utilities, a licensed independent distribution network operator (IDNO), has won the contract to operate the electricity networks for six sites operated by commercial kitchen company FoodStars.

UKPN line removal rejuvenates Norfolk marsh

Power

UKPN line removal rejuvenates Norfolk marsh

UK Power Networks has removed twin tracks of overhead power lines and 24 poles that have been standing in marshland in the Norfolk Broads area since 1966, in a project it says has been a "spectacular success".

Kaluza and WPD deliver first domestic battery flex service

Power

Kaluza and WPD deliver first domestic battery flex service

Intelligent energy platform Kaluza has delivered the first service to offer flexibility to a distribution network operator (DNO) from a portfolio of domestic properties, in a contract with Western Power Distribution (WPD) in Lincolnshire.

Network Awards 2020 finalists!

People & Skills

Network Awards 2020 finalists!

The Network Awards 2020 Finalists have been announced! Now in its third year, the Network Awards are back with 12 categories, recognising network operators, the supply chain, contractors and local authorities who are involved in shaping the energy system.

SSEN turns to Just Eat for power cut customers

Power

SSEN turns to Just Eat for power cut customers

Households in the southern England licence area operated by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will be able to order meals on the Just Eat app and website if they experience a blackout, after the network operator signed up to a new partnership.

Germany to switch on more coal-fired power despite 2038 exit

Power

Germany to switch on more coal-fired power despite 2038 exit

Climate activists in Germany are calling on power plant operator Uniper to abandon plans to add a new coal-fired power station to the German grid in July - a move that comes despite a political agreement finalised this week to phase out all coal and lignite generation by 2038.