People & Skills
Fraser appointed CEO at Cadent
Steve Fraser has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Cadent.
Taskforce sets out recommendations to modernise energy system
Digitalisation sits at the heart of five key recommendations set out by the Energy Data Taskforce that it says will modernise the UK energy system.
Ofgem outlines strategy to help vulnerable consumers
Energy regulator Ofgem has set out a five point plan to help vulnerable consumers.
National Grid ESO reveals record carbon low
Last winter saw the lowest carbon intensity for Great Britain's electricity system on record, a report published by National Grid ESO has revealed.
UK government commits to 2050 net zero emissions target
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050.
£3.8m network boost for Western Isles
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has completed a £3.8 million programme of works to reinforce and improve the electricity network in the Western Isles.
International award for UKPN
UK Power Networks has received international recognition for its work including the development of a smart grid.
New report into hydrogen as a transport fuel
Cadent has published a new study into use of network-delivered hydrogen as a low-carbon transport fuel.
UKPN appoints chair for customer engagement group
UK Power Networks has appointed Ann Bishop as chair of its RIIO-ED2 customer engagement group (CEG).
Second World War aircraft discovered by National Grid engineers
A Second World War aircraft has been recovered from the seabed 500m off the Portsmouth coast after being discovered by National Grid engineers.
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.
Technology & Operations
TV’s Robert Llewellyn speaks to Network
Network content director Jane Gray spoke to electric vehicle advocate and TV star Robert Llewellyn at Utility Week Live 2019. See the exclusive video interview here.
Video interviews from Utility Week Live
Network editor Alec Peachey interviewed some key industry representatives at this year's Utility Week Live - see the videos here or watch them in our library section.
Technology & Operations
WPD starts work on £6m Cadbury substation
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has started work on a £6 million scheme that serves Cadbury's historic factory in Bournville, Birmingham.
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.
Technology & Operations
SSEN to remove transmission lines from Cairngorms National Park
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission) will remove 12km of overhead transmission lines from the Cairngorms National Park after receiving funding from Ofgem.
Unexploded stash of grenades unearthed by power engineers
Engineers from SP Energy Networks discovered a stash of 70 unexploded Home Guard phosphorous grenades while carrying out routine improvement works in Dumfries & Galloway.
Ofgem confirms RIIO2 price control methodology
Ofgem has confirmed plans to almost slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.
Cadent agrees to pay £24m for past failings
Cadent has agreed to pay £24 million and establish a £20m community fund after an intervention from energy regulator Ofgem over three serious failings.
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.
Catapult announces board additions
Former MP Laura Sandys and Ofcom director Cristina Data will join the Energy Systems Catapult board as non-executive directors, while Hannah Bronwin is set to become commercial director.
Aberdeen substation transformed
An Aberdeen substation has been transformed into a colourful boombox mural thanks to a collaboration between the local community and an international artist.
Need for EV infrastructure highlighted at Utility Week Live
A representative from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has set out the types of infrastructure required to support the rollout of electric vehicles.
Meeting net zero target requires urgent electricity system overhaul
The operation of the electricity system must be urgently overhauled if the UK is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, without burdening consumers with unnecessary costs, an industry figure has warned.
Vattenfall wins first power network contract in UK
Vattenfall Networks, the UK's newest independent electricity network provider, has won its first distribution network contract with Helvellyn Group.
SSEN customers offered flexible connection option
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will offer flexible connections to all of its customers.
WPD announces results from latest flexibility tender
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has awarded flexibility contracts totalling 21.5MW through its Flexible Power offering following the completion of its latest procurement round.
ENA report highlights gas networks priorities
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has released a new report that highlights industry priorities for gas network companies with decarbonisation identified as key.
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.
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.
Document reveals Labour plan to nationalise energy networks
Plans to put Britain's energy networks back under state ownership have been revealed in a Labour party document.