What can we learn from August 9th?
The summer of 2019 saw the disconnection of more than a million electricity customers in Britain's largest single electricity system disturbance in over ten years. Here, UKERC co-director, Professor Keith Bell, summarises the findings of the government and regulator investigations into the incident and unpacks potential lessons for the electricity sector and its readiness for further decarbonisation without compromising security of supply.
Ideas sought for £90m annual innovation competition
Up to £90 million of funding will be up for grabs in the upcoming Network Innovation Competition, with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) issuing a call for ideas.
Gas and electricity infrastructure well protected, report finds
A record 62% of all UK excavation work is now preceded by a thorough search for underground assets, such as pipes and cables, according to a report by LSBUD (Linesearch BeforeUdig).
UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant developed
Aldridge-based Kew Technology, in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has developed the UK's first municipal waste gasification plant which can be used to produce clean electricity, heat, hydrogen and liquid fuels from waste.
Aberdeen set to benefit from £10m electricity network boost
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is set to spend £10 million on improving the electricity network in Aberdeen and the city's surrounding areas.
New subsea cable to Cumbrae goes live
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) project to replace one of the two electricity subsea cables connecting Bute and Cumbrae is now complete.
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.
Raft of measures designed to transform energy system
The government has published a package of proposed measures to support the decarbonisation of the UK's energy system.
UKPN and National Grid carrying out £20m network upgrade
UK Power Networks and National Grid are delivering a £20 million electricity upgrade in Hertfordshire.
Networks unveil electricity flexibility commitment
Britain's electricity grid operators have unveiled a new flexibility commitment to help shape the way network infrastructure will be run.
SP Energy Networks completes £4m Edinburgh upgrade
SP Energy Networks has completed a £4m project to modernise a key part of the power network in Central Scotland.
First ever fortnight of coal-free operation
National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has confirmed the first ever fortnight of coal-free operation of Great Britain's electricity system.
£3m investment to upgrade network in North Ayrshire
SP Energy Networks is carrying out a £3 million upgrade to its electricity network in North Ayrshire.
£70m network upgrade project progressing well
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is progressing with a £70 million project to upgrade the existing overhead network between Beauly and Keith, with the second phase of work now under way between Nairn and Elgin.
ENW confirms customer engagement group appointments
Eight industry experts have been appointed to Electricity North West's newly-formed customer engagement group.
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.
UK Power Networks lighting up Ebbsfleet Garden City
UK Power Networks is installing new equipment that will deliver 77 megawatts of power to light up Ebbsfleet Garden City in north Kent.
SP Energy Networks starts £30m network upgrade in Scotland
SP Energy Networks is carrying out a major £30 million project to modernise a key part of the power network in Southern Scotland.
NIC wants infrastructure improvements for low-carbon lorries
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called on the government to prepare detailed assessments of the infrastructure needed to enable the uptake of battery electric or hydrogen lorries.
£1.4 million power boost in Sundridge
UK Power Networks is spending £1.4 million on an electricity upgrade in Sundridge.
Utilities join forces with the Scottish Fire Service to make homes safer
The electricity and gas network operators for the north of Scotland are joining forces with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to help make homes safer.
Electricity North West launches decarbonisation plan
Electricity North West has launched its transformative plan for decarbonising the region.
SSEN continues work on £8m Reading upgrade
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has outlined the next phase of an £8 million investment to support electricity infrastructure resilience in Reading.
Scottish Government releases its 2030 vision for networks
The Scottish Government has released its vision for Scotland's electricity and gas networks.
Northern Powergrid partners with Newcastle University to improve electrical losses
Northern Powergrid has joined forces with Newcastle University to enhance its understanding of electrical losses from the region's power network.
CLASS project adopted by National Grid
A revolutionary way to reduce electricity demand, developed by Electricity North West, has been adopted by National Grid.
Technology & Operations
ENA seeking views on ‘internet of energy’ blueprint
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on its proposed blueprint for the foundations of Britain's 'internet of energy'.
Offshore wind to provide 30% of UK electricity by 2030
Thirty per cent of electricity will come from offshore wind by 2030, with the launch of the new joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
Chapman joins CIGRE UK executive committee
Jonathan Chapman, the UK managing director of Burns & McDonnell, has become a member of the executive committee of CIGRE UK.
SSEN carrying out £8m electricity upgrade in Reading
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is carrying out an £8 million upgrade to Reading's electricity infrastructure.
Call for utilities to invest in new technologies to cope with growth of renewables
Distribution utilities need to adopt new technologies and new ways of thinking to slash the cost of integrating renewable energy generators, electric vehicles and other distributed energy resources (DER) into their grids, according to the latest white paper from Smarter Grid Solutions.