WPD signs 35 deals for 119MW in maturing flex market
Western Power Distribution (WPD) believes that the flexible generation market has matured, after announcing a strong response to its latest tender round.
Dealing with distributed energy
Active Network Management (ANM) has grown in sync with the rise of distributed energy over the last two decades. Dr Graham Ault, co-founder and executive director of Smarter Grid Solutions, provides an update on the current applications of ANM beyond flexible distributed generation (DG) connections and explores the current state of the ANM market in the UK.
The benefits of flexibility
Graham Ault, executive director at Smarter Grid Solutions, discusses the key values that flexibility can bring to an economically developed and operated grid.
Reliability is key
Christopher Watts, director of regulatory affairs at S&C Electric Company, on why rapid change is affecting electricity distribution networks.
Enabling the smart grid
Stephen Harper, head of business development, commercial for SCISYS - discusses the transition of distribution network operators (DNOs) to distribution system operators (DSOs) and the smart grid.
SP Energy Networks joins flexibility marketplace
SP Energy Networks will trial the Piclo Flexibility Marketplace in an effort to uncover where flexibility can be used across its networks.
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.
Providing a platform
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has entered into a partnership with leading software company, Open Utility, to learn from and participate in its revolutionary smart grid platform. Alec Peachey speaks to Steve Atkins (DSO transition Manager for SSEN) and James Johnston (CEO and cofounder of Open Utility) to find out more.
A mobile substation can help during system maintenance and unplanned outages, or even help renewables developers connect their schemes to the network more quickly.
Great Scott! 1.21 gigawatts!
How NIE Networks connected record amounts of renewable distributed generation.
Stepping into the future with an adaptable grid
Flexibility and adaptability are key benefits of the new energy infrastructure, says Schneider Electric.
Expect the unexpected
Fahd Hashiesh, head of ABB's power consulting business for the UK, Middle East and Africa, explains why network operators must consider the balance between supply and demand - and how system studies can help them.
Policy & Regulation
Rise of small-scale energy growing concern for networks
Network bosses are becoming increasingly concerned over the rapid rise of small-scale energy, according to an annual survey by consultancy firm Accenture.
Flexibility needed ‘urgently’ to avoid spiralling renewable costs
The government needs to "act urgently" to deliver a more flexible power system and avoid "spiralling" costs from the integration of renewables, the UK Energy Research Centre has warned.
Flexible connections free 3.7GW of network capacity
New approaches taken by distribution network operators to speed up the connections process for distributed generation has enabled 3.7GW of connection offers, but stakeholders have said DNOs could still do more.
ABB to deploy world’s first power electronic fault current limiter
ABB is to deploy the world's first fault current limiting solution based on compact power electronics as part of UK Power Networks' (UKPN) PowerFul-CB project.
Local balancing is ‘dangerous’, warns Italian TSO
Allowing distribution system operators to balance at a local level would be “dangerous”, the Italian transmission system operator (TSO) Terna warned delegates at the international conference Renewable Energy World last week.