networks

Challenging the networks

Gas

Challenging the networks

As part of the RIIO2 price controls set out by Ofgem, network operators are required to set up independently chaired customer engagement groups (CEGs). As part of our Utility of the Future campaign, Network caught up with the chairs of four of these groups to find out more about their role and how they challenge the networks.

Network Awards 2020 open for entries

Gas

Network Awards 2020 open for entries

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light once more on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

NPG appoints McCracken as chair of CEG

Power

NPG appoints McCracken as chair of CEG

Northern Powergrid has appointed Justin McCracken as the chair of its new customer engagement group (CEG).

Connection options highlighted in ENA consultation

Customers

Connection options highlighted in ENA consultation

Standardising the way connection requests are handled across all network operators is something that is being considered as part of a consultation on application interactivity and connection queue management.

Customers overcharged by £24bn due to regulator error, Citizens Advice claims

Power

Customers overcharged by £24bn due to regulator error, Citizens Advice claims

Regulators have allowed water, energy, broadband and telephone networks to overcharge customers by £24.1 billion over the past 15 years, according to research carried out by Citizens Advice.

Drone project begins flight trials on energy network assets

Gas

Drone project begins flight trials on energy network assets

A project, exploring how drone technology can be used to inspect network infrastructure, is set to begin conducting trials on both the electricity and gas networks this spring.

Dealing with weather events

Heat

Dealing with weather events

Alex Prentice, sector lead for utilities at Huntswood, examines how networks can prepare for a significant rise in customer complaints and queries around extreme weather events.

NIC challenges government to make infrastructure commitments

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.

Enabling the smart grid

Gas

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.

Protecting physical assets

Gas

Protecting physical assets

Cyber security may be high on the agendas of energy network companies. But they also need to remember that physical risks to their infrastructure are also a very real threat. What can they do to prevent uncontrolled access, and protect their physical assets? Risk professionals from network companies met at a roundtable event hosted by Network, in association with Abloy, to find out. Lois Vallely reports. 

Unlocking the value of flexibility for networks

Power

Unlocking the value of flexibility for networks

As flexibility procurement becomes a crucial tool for distribution network operators (DNOs), energy users are presented with a new opportunity, writes Andrew McKenna, commercial manager at Northern Powergrid, who is leading the development of the company's flexibility services implementation.

Scottish Government releases its 2030 vision for networks

Gas

Scottish Government releases its 2030 vision for networks

The Scottish Government has released its vision for Scotland's electricity and gas networks.

The increasing threat of cyber-attacks

Gas

The increasing threat of cyber-attacks

There is no doubt that cyber-attacks on energy companies and infrastructure have increased in scope and severity over the past decade. Ben Hargreaves provides an overview of this important subject area and looks at what can be done to keep energy networks secure.

Networks respond to NIC Call for Ideas

Gas

Networks respond to NIC Call for Ideas

Britain's energy network companies have announced the next steps of the gas and electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Call for Ideas.

Getting regulation right

Power

Getting regulation right

Flexibility and the DSO business model was the topic of discussion at a recent roundtable hosted by Network and Oracle. With work now well underway on the second set of RIIO price controls, speakers were keen to talk about the impact of regulation on the transformation of networks.

Stimulating skills

Power

Stimulating skills

Liam O'Sullivan, head of capital programme delivery at UK Power Networks, discusses the importance of skills and where the industry's future talent might come from.

Powering improvement

Power

Powering improvement

David Spillett, head of safety, health and environment at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), talks about why safety, both for staff and the public, is the highest priority for network companies.

Quality apprenticeships for networks

Gas

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.

Confusion over EV charging network speeds

Power

Confusion over EV charging network speeds

A new report warns that widespread confusion over how fast electric vehicles can be 'refuelled' could be undermining efforts to provide an adequate public chargepoint network.

Innovation for the nation

Gas

Innovation for the nation

Decarbonisation is changing the energy system rapidly and the way in which energy is produced, supplied and consumed is already very different from only a few years ago. Randolph Brazier, head of innovation at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), looks at some of the key trends in this space.

Ofgem to open tenders for offshore wind power links

Power

Ofgem to open tenders for offshore wind power links

Ofgem is inviting companies to bid for ownership of the electricity transmission link to the 1.2 gigawatt (GW) Hornsea 1 wind farm project off the coast of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

The data revolution for asset management

Power

The data revolution for asset management

Data is already shaping our world, but how we use it could revolutionise asset management. Phil Dingle, marketing director at Lucy Electric, discusses the issue.

Consultation launched on ‘Future Worlds’ for smart grid

Customers

Consultation launched on ‘Future Worlds’ for smart grid

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on five 'Future Worlds' which represent a major change from the way electricity networks operate today.

Flexibility is key

Customers

Flexibility is key

As networks seek to respond to changing operational demands and the ongoing drive for efficiency, flexibility is key.

Looking after your assets

Technology & Operations

Looking after your assets

As UK network companies start to develop optimised business plans for RIIO2, Pete Massey, founder and director of Upcurve Limited, looks at how French transmission system operator RTE adopted a new and holistic way of thinking to drive its asset management strategies.

Ensuring resilience

Gas

Ensuring resilience

Grid reliability and the control and protection of assets remain critical issues for networks. Ben Hargreaves reports.

Understanding costs

Heat

Understanding costs

John Parsons, networks portfolio manager at BEAMA and a Network editorial board member, looks at the subject of network charging.

Dealing with data

Gas

Dealing with data

Network Magazine and Cyient recently hosted a roundtable discussion where the subject of proactive data management being the key to the future energy system was discussed. Tom Grimwood reports.

Digitalising the network

Technology & Operations

Digitalising the network

The digital transformation of distribution networks to connect and monitor assets is not a new concept. But while the proliferation of connected devices enables organisations to gather data from the network, are UK operators doing enough to harness the opportunities of digitalisation? Siemens' Victor Sellwood - senior consultant, energy business advisory - speaks to Network.

Utility Week Live: Call for multi-utility regulator

Policy & Regulation

Utility Week Live: Call for multi-utility regulator

The creation of a multi-utility regulator and network regime would help improve collaboration across sectors, lower costs and simplify the industry for consumers. That's the view of Laura Sandys, CEO of Challenging Ideas, who spoke at this week's Utility Week Live during a discussion on the next round of RIIO price controls.

Burns & McDonnell selected to advise on SEND project

Technology & Operations

Burns & McDonnell selected to advise on SEND project

Burns & McDonnell has been named technical advisor for Europe's first Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) at Keele University.