An honourable mention: James Yu interview
SP Energy Networks' Future Networks Manager, Professor James Yu, received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Here Network catches up with him to discuss challenges, past, present and future.
Policy & Regulation
Expert team to advise Citizens’ Assembly on climate change
Three groups of experts have been appointed to advise the soon-to-be-established Citizens Assembly on climate change, an initiative that has been jointly commissioned by cross-party MPs on six parliamentary committees.
Queen’s Speech promises net-zero policies in 2020 budget
The Queen's Speech from the new Conservative government this week reaffirmed its commitment to achieving net-zero and investing in renewable energy, but contained little in the way of detail, promising instead that the first budget will prioritise a range of net-zero enablers.
Energy sector urges politicians to unite for net-zero
Energy businesses, academics and trade bodies are among 40 organisations and individuals that have signed an open letter calling on political leaders to form a post-election pact on achieving net-zero.
Renationalisation would risk UK missing net-zero target, report claims
Labour's plans for renationalising energy networks would put at risk the UK's efforts of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new report.
Almost 100 apprentices start work at SSE
SSE is putting its latest generation of energy workers at the forefront of tackling climate change with the appointment of almost 100 apprentices who started work this week.
Turning ambition into action
The launch of SSEN Transmission's draft business plan includes an ambition to tackle climate change, connect more renewable energy and transport it across the country. Managing director Rob McDonald tells Network editor Alec Peachey how the company is going to achieve this.
Ofgem consults on RIIO-ED2 approach
Ofgem has opened a consultation on its proposed approach to the next price control for the electricity distribution networks.
SP Energy Networks reveals net zero plans
SP Energy Networks has revealed plans to help cities, towns and rural communities across Scotland achieve 'net zero' - including the electrification of transport networks.
Ofgem hits back over climate change criticism
Ofgem has hit back following criticism that it is out of touch over climate change.
Ofgem’s RIIO2 proposals could hinder net zero plans
The chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) says Ofgem's current proposals for RIIO2 could have a negative impact on the regulator's ability to support and facilitate the government's net zero ambitions.
£1.4bn spending plan unveiled by SP Energy Networks for RIIO2
SP Energy Networks has set out plans to spend £1.4 billion on its transmission network between 2021 and 2026.
SP Energy Networks invests £10m in Scotland’s green economy
Twenty-one Scottish projects have been awarded a share of £10 million from SP Energy Networks' Green Economy Fund.
UK government commits to 2050 net zero emissions target
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050.
The smart energy blind spot
Current operational telecoms systems are not fit for a distribution system operator future. Here are the key outcomes of a Network debate, hosted in association with Nokia and Joint Radio Company (JRC).
Meeting net zero target requires urgent electricity system overhaul
The operation of the electricity system must be urgently overhauled if the UK is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, without burdening consumers with unnecessary costs, an industry figure has warned.
ScottishPower pledges to make Glasgow UK’s first ‘net zero’ city
ScottishPower, along with Glasgow City Council, is aiming to transform Glasgow into the UK's first 'net zero' city.
Networks can help UK meet net zero emissions target
Energy networks will be at the heart of the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommendations to move beyond an 80% target and deliver net zero emissions by 2050.
EUA: Green gas infrastructure can help government tackle climate change
The head of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) says that green gas compatible boilers and pipes can play a part in helping the government tackle climate change.
Changing fast and slow
The Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) deputy director (incoming) Dr Joanne Wade talks about the progress that's been made to reduce carbon emissions since the introduction of the Climate Change Act in November 2008.
Energy and transport integration
Faye Banks (director of energy) and Phil Proctor (associate director - smart grid technologies) from Costain discuss meeting climate change targets through the integration of energy and transport sectors.
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.
EI report reveals gas industry’s views on climate change
A new report published by the Energy Institute (EI) reveals the attitudes of global oil and gas professionals towards reducing the climate change impacts of natural gas.
‘Inadequate’ modelling has undermined resilience: ENW CEO
The historically inadequate approach of the Environment Agency to weather and climate forecasting has led to underinvestment in storm and flood resilience by energy networks, Electricity North West’s boss has told Network.
Editor’s weekly: The department is dead, long live the department!
Network editor Jane Gray reviews the demise of Decc and the rise of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Riding out the storm: Using weather data to prepare for climate change
Climate change will bring new and increasing challenges for network operators, but a new source of earth system data will help them thrive in adversity.
Innovation, technology & operations
Time to get down to business and build the world’s new power system
The COP21 climate summit has created renewed momentum for international collaboration to combat climate change.Now everyone needs to play their part says Eddie O'Connor