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Electricity North West owners sell 50% stake in business
The owners of Electricity North West have sold a 50% share of the business to investors composed of Equitix and a consortium led by Kansai Electric Power Co.
UKPN reveals electricity network control system plans
Network operator UK Power Networks has unveiled plans for what it claims is the world's most advanced electricity network control system.
SSEN customers offered flexible connection option
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will offer flexible connections to all of its customers.
Decarbonisation driving change at ENW
Electricity North West is putting decarbonisation at the heart of its plans. Alec Peachey spoke to chief executive Peter Emery about a number of subjects including the company's drive to reduce carbon emissions, regulation, infrastructure - and how they're performing against the backdrop of a strategic review that could lead to a sale of the business.
Technology & Operations
Ipsum Group acquires Stormport
Utilities and infrastructure services group Ipsum Group Limited has completed the acquisition of Stormport Professional Services Limited - a provider of electricity network asset installation, maintenance and repair services.
SP Energy Networks starts £1.7m substation upgrade
SP Energy Networks is due to start a £1.7 million upgrade to an electricity substation in Fife.
Five remain in final bidding round for Electricity North West
Five companies have made it through to the final bidding round for the sale of the distribution network operator (DNO) Electricity North West, the Telegraph has reported.
SSEN invests £3m in ‘self-restoring’ network technology
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) says it has invested £3 million into helping its network "self-restore" following faults in the system.
Ofgem toughens up on energy network returns
Ofgem has published plans to slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.
UK Power Networks announces 25 ‘flexibility first’ zones
UK Power Networks has announced ambitious plans to procure more than 100MW of flexibility services from distributed energy resources (DER).
SSEN highlights charging solution to aid EV transition
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has highlighted a monitoring device as one solution to help avoid potential overloads on local electricity networks caused by sharp increases in the use of electric vehicles (EVs).
Ofgem decides against mid-period review for networks price control
Ofgem has announced that it will not be launching a mid-period review (MPR) into the way the price control system for local electricity networks is working.
Technology & Operations
ENA launches new Electricity Innovation Forum
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) will host the first Electricity Innovation Forum next month - an event aimed at sharing the latest knowledge and findings from the networks leading energy innovation projects.
Energy networks commit to £17bn smart grid opportunity
The development of a national smart grid could deliver £17 billion back to the economy by 2050.
Open Utility bags funding for local flexibility trading platform
Open Utility has been awarded £412,500 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a new online trading platform for local flexibility.
Northern Powergrid deploys battery storage for frequency response
Northern Powergrid has begun using battery storage to provide frequency response for National Grid - the first time it has ever sold balancing services to the system operator.
Ofgem confirms £200m cut to DNO spending
Regulator wants 'a better deal for customers'
Policy & Regulation
A new world order
The technology is ready, now is the time to concentrate on the commercial and regulatory challenges that surround the DNOs' transition into DSOs, according to Laura Kane of Smarter Grid Solutions.
Western Power Distribution scopes out trajectory for storage
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a consultation to establish the potential level of growth of energy storage within its networks.
Smarter Grid Solutions launches distributed energy arm
Smarter Grid Solutions is seeking new commercial opportunities for its active network management software in the distributed energy resources market.