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Batteries enable 25% renewables boost at peak
Trial shows batteries could enable at least 25% more renewable energy to be utilised in peak times.
Northern Powergrid appeals for information after horse deaths
Northern Powergrid has made an appeal for information to help catch metal thieves after an attempted theft in Redmarshall, Stockton-on-Tees, left a powerline hanging dangerously low, leading to the deaths of four horses.
NPG appoints McCracken as chair of CEG
Northern Powergrid has appointed Justin McCracken as the chair of its new customer engagement group (CEG).
Northern Powergrid carrying out substation upgrade
Northern Powergrid is carrying out a £4 million upgrade to a substation which will help maintain the reliability of electricity supplies to more than 90,000 customers.
Northern Powergrid to improve York City centre’s electricity network
Northern Powergrid is embarking on a £300,000 investment to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving York city centre.
Northern Powergrid investigates transformer heat recovery viability
Northern Powergrid has joined forces with Arup to help manage losses from its power network by investigating the reuse of heat generated by its transformers.
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.
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.
Northern Powergrid employee awarded OBE
Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid's head of network operations, has received his OBE from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Amey secures £40m framework with Northern Powergrid
Amey has secured a £40 million framework with network operator Northern Powergrid to carry out overhead line condition and vegetation surveys.
New flexibility approach unveiled
Northern Powergrid has unveiled a plan that could see supermarkets, factories and large offices in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire helping to keep electricity distribution costs lower for their communities, while earning extra income.
Northern Powergrid employee recognised in Honours list
Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid's head of network operations, has been recognised in The Queen's 2019 New Year's Honours list.
Northern Powergrid takes to the skies to inspect network
Northern Powergrid has completed its annual programme of helicopter patrols to check the region's power network.
Northern Powergrid protects assets with new eco-paint
Northern Powergrid has become the UK's first distribution network operator (DNO) to trial an innovative new eco-paint.
£7.6m investment in power network
Northern Powergrid has invested £7.6 million as part of its commitment to protecting the region's power network.
Northern Powergrid invests £3.5m in network upgrade
Northern Powergrid is investing £3.5 million on refurbishing, rebuilding and creating a smarter power network for customers in Rothbury, Thropton and the surrounding area.
Smith Brothers gets Saint-Gobain site on grid
Power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has completed a large-scale assignment to connect the Saint-Gobain Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough, Goole, to the grid.
How gamification can support the energy transition
Gamification enables companies to create customer experiences that take on game-like qualities - proving valuable in improving user-engagement across many industries. Northern Powergrid's innovation project manager, Andrew Webster, explores what makes game-playing a potential winner for the energy industry and explains how to harness this technology to benefit customers and the power network.
Two-year anniversary for 105 power cut number
The free 105 power cut number continues to perform well with figures showing that it has been used more than three million times since it was launched two years ago today (6 September).
Northern Powergrid receives order of distinction at RoSPA awards
Northern Powergrid has been awarded an Order of Distinction by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) after achieving its 17th consecutive Gold Medal for its safety record.
Northern Powergrid starts £15m project to upgrade substation controllers
Northern Powergrid has embarked on a £15 million project to modernise more than 860 of its substation controllers - a move it says will enable the implementation of the smart grid.
Northern Powergrid carrying out Skelton improvements
Northern Powergrid is about to start the final stage of its £1.75 million investment work in Skelton.
New EV initiative launched by Northern Powergrid
Northern Powergrid has announced three key initiatives that will allow its 2,500 employees the chance to get 'hands on' with electric vehicle technology across its 28 sites.
Northern Powergrid invests £4m on improving Hull’s underground power network
Northern Powergrid is investing £4 million to improve the underground power network that serves Hull.
Northern Powergrid supports new manufacturing technique for electricity poles
Northern Powergrid is championing a new sustainable ultra-strong wood pole manufacturing technique that reduces material use by up to 85% and could be used for electricity poles.
Network operators respond to Storm Hector
Network operators have restored power to thousands of homes and businesses after Storm Hector hit the country.
Self-healing cables could drive £20m of network savings
Self-healing fluid-filled power cables that can minimise environmental impact and increase efficiencies could lead to £20 million of network savings over five years, according to Northern Powergrid.
Northern Powergrid to invest £3.3m in power network
Northern Powergrid is investing £3.3 million to improve the infrastructure that powers homes and businesses throughout Skelton, Saltburn and Marske.
Northern Powergrid to improve supply in isolated areas
Northern Powergrid has teamed up with Turbo Power Systems and Smarter Grid Solutions to look at new and innovative solutions to increase the resilience of the region's power network.
Leading glassmaker appoints Smith Brothers for grid connection
Power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has been appointed as the Independent Connection Provider for Saint-Gobain Glass's East Riding industrial site.