Andreas Lips, general manager, e-mobility, Shell - talks to Network editor Alec Peachey about how the energy and transport sectors are aligning to accommodate the millions of expected electric vehicles on UK roads.
UKPN appoints chair for customer engagement group
UK Power Networks has appointed Ann Bishop as chair of its RIIO-ED2 customer engagement group (CEG).
Network Asset Performance Conference 2019
The 2019 Network Asset Performance Conference will bring together leaders from gas & power to help tackle network asset challenges head on. The conference will consist of a range of presentations, case studies and interactive panel sessions and will address how networks can continue to improve asset resilience, the impact RIIO-2 will have on asset management, the importance of data optimisation and how performance can be maintained through the increased introduction of electric vehicles.
Energy CEOs call for gender balance at senior level
The leaders of eight of the UK's leading energy companies have called for a push to drive up the number of women at senior levels in the energy sector.
Technology & Operations
NIC challenges government to make infrastructure commitments
The chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this autumn's Spending Review to commit to a once-in-a-generation transformation of the UK's transport, energy and technology networks.
£20m project to modernise electricity network in Fife
SP Energy Networks has started a major £20 million project to modernise a key part of the power network in Central and Southern Scotland.
Key figures from across the industry came together in Birmingham to debate how data could enable the transformation of the energy sector. Greg Pitcher reports.
ENA launches new gas grid decarbonisation project
The Energy Networks Association has launched a new pan-industry project designed to decarbonise Britain's gas grid.
Jeff Casey, director of UK business development for Burns & McDonnell, takes a comparative look at market factors driving the UK and US energy industry.
From TV to EVs
Robert Llewellyn is a British actor, comedian and writer. He plays the mechanoid Kryten in the TV sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf and formerly presented the TV engineering gameshow Scrapheap Challenge. More recently he has become an advocate for electric vehicles and presents YouTube series Fully Charged. In an exclusive interview with Network editor Alec Peachey he talks about his passion for EVs, gives his views on the energy sector and provides an insight into his TV career.
CEOs commit to sector inclusion initative
CEOs from 32 of the country's leading energy and utilities employers have launched a sector Inclusion Commitment in an effort to attract more diverse and inclusive talent into the industry.
Applications for £320m HNIP funding invited
The second stage of the £320 million Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) is now open for applications.
Solving the whole-system challenge
At a recent National Grid roundtable discussion held in association with Network entitled 'Solving future system challenges now' attendees examined how a whole-system approach could help solve the myriad of challenges faced by the industry. Tom Grimwood reports.
Quality apprenticeships for networks
Dr Jacqueline Hall, associate director of the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service (EUIAS), discusses the importance of assessing apprentices working in the sector.
Nemo Link interconnector enters commercial operation
The Nemo Link interconnector between the UK and Belgium has now entered commercial operation, National Grid has announced.
Technology & Operations
Public want energy companies to pay fair share towards transition costs
The public may reject further energy transition costs unless energy companies pay their fair share, according to research published by the UK Energy Research Centre.
When two worlds align
Kevin Toye, advanced solutions manager at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), talks about the importance of aligning both the energy and transport sectors to allow the industry to keep up with the take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
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.
Government must heed ‘nightmarish’ black out warning
GMB, the energy union, has called on the government to heed 'nightmarish' blackout warnings from the Institute of Engineering and Shipbuilding in Scotland.
New community energy fund launched by Electricity North West
Electricity North West has launched a new £75,000 fund to help communities understand and tackle energy issues locally.
Developing a transport-energy plan
Faye Banks, director of energy at Costain, discusses integrating transport and energy networks to meet decarbonisation targets.
Utility Week Energy Customer Conference
Utility Week's Energy Customer Conference is the only dedicated event for B2C and B2B customer professionals within energy retailers and networks. Join us to explore the implications of the latest energy price regulations and licence review with Ofgem, gain practical insights from Scottish Power on digital transformation to enhance customer experience and network and collaborate with 150+ industry leaders to share knowledge on developing successful partnerships.
Energy Data Taskforce launched
Energy Minister Claire Perry has launched an Energy Data Taskforce.
Policy & Regulation
NIC to carry out regulation study
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is to examine regulation of the UK's energy, telecoms and water industries.
SP Energy Networks to create new online energy marketplace
SP Energy Networks are planning to work with Fife Council and other partners, to create a new online energy marketplace to trade people's electricity.
The pillars of policy
How do you create infrastructure policy in an uncertain world? A recent roundtable discussion hosted by Network and National Grid sought to find out. Tom Grimwood was there.
Digitalisation and data
Stephen Goldspink, director of customer services at Siemens Energy Management, talks about the importance of data and how a new digital transformer will provide real time asset status to network operators.
Smart battery allows homeowners to make money from their electricity supply
A new battery from Powervault will allow British homeowners the opportunity to earn money from their electricity supply, whether or not they have solar panels.
Swift and decisive action needed on carbon capture
Is the UK on the brink of finally realising the economic and environmental potential of Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) technology? A report by the Government's CCUS Taskforce urges swift and decisive action to tip the balance for an industry primed to deliver. Simon Fairman, director network strategy and safety at Cadent, gives his view.
The energy revolution
The government recently announced an investment of over £100 million in a new programme called 'Prospering from the Energy Revolution' as part of its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, delivered by UK Research & Innovation. This first article from Innovate UK aims to give an insight into this major new programme, with the intention to revisit progress over the coming months and years.
Tidal forces of change
Jeffrey Casey, UK director of business development at Burns & McDonnell, examines the four D's that are creating utility disruption and offers some ideas to stop utilities from being left behind.