An unprecedented opportunity for change
Why short interruptions will matter in RIIO-ED2 and how to address them.
Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps
New Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley used his first day in post to publish the regulator's Decarbonisation Action Plan, setting out nine steps the regulator plans to make in the next 18 months to meet the 2050 net-zero challenge.
Ofgem’s RIIO-1 electricity framework too lax, says NAO
Consumers paid too much for their electricity during the RIIO-1 price control period after Ofgem set performance targets for the network companies too low and allowed them over-generous cost budgets, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Getting green networks up to speed
Decarbonising heat will involve a future switch to hydrogen, but how should that hydrogen be produced? And as consumers and businesses adopt EVs and take to the roads, are the network operators fully prepared? Tom Grimwood reports on the topics that topped the agenda at this year's Network Asset Performance Conference in Birmingham
Ofgem’s RIIO2 proposals could hinder net zero plans
The chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) says Ofgem's current proposals for RIIO2 could have a negative impact on the regulator's ability to support and facilitate the government's net zero ambitions.
The totex question
Has total expenditure (totex) become enshrined in utilities' practices? A special pan-utility roundtable held at Utility Week Live sought to find out.
Achieving the right climate
With the Government committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050, networks will be key in the facilitation of decarbonisation. Here, Network puts a special focus on the topic of decarbonisation as part of its Network of the Future campaign.
Policy & Regulation
Challenges around RIIO2
Mark Fitch, an energy regulation expert at PA Consulting, asks will Ofgem's RIIO2 decision dampen the network companies' energy for moving to net zero?
National Grid sets out RIIO2 spending plans
National Grid will spend £7.4 billion on electricity transmission over the RIIO2 price control period, according to figures unveiled in its draft business plan which has been submitted to Ofgem's RIIO2 Challenge Group.
£1.4bn spending plan unveiled by SP Energy Networks for RIIO2
SP Energy Networks has set out plans to spend £1.4 billion on its transmission network between 2021 and 2026.
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.
Ofgem confirms RIIO2 price control methodology
Ofgem has confirmed plans to almost slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.
Investing in the energy decarbonisation transformation benefits consumers
National Grid's head of regulatory finance, Darren Pettifer, says that Ofgem's plans to slash in half the returns that energy networks can earn could put at risk a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system, and prevent longer-term benefits to consumers.
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.
Technology & Operations
ENW chief confirms strategic review could lead to sale
The chief executive of Electricity North West has admitted that the company is undergoing a strategic review that could lead to a sale of the business.
Policy & Regulation
SSEN outlines RIIO2 transmission plan
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has released a new report outlining its preliminary plan for the transmission network in the north of Scotland during the second set of RIIO price controls.
Network 2019: Speakers give their views on RIIO2
With Network 2019 just over a month away, Network Magazine asked a selection of our speakers 'what is the biggest RIIO2 challenge?'.
Ofgem toughens up on energy network returns
Ofgem has published plans to slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.
Consumer coalition sets out RIIO2 vulnerability proposals
A coalition of consumer organisations has outlined how Ofgem can deliver on its commitment to improve protections for consumers in vulnerable circumstances in the RIIO2 price controls.
Akshay Kaul, director of network price controls at Ofgem, speaks exclusively to Network editor Alec Peachey about the regulator's stakeholder engagement incentive and a range of other subjects including RIIO2, innovation and the future energy system.
Dealing with uncertainty
"The future has never been more uncertain than it is now." That's the view of Mark Brackley, National Grid's project director for RIIO2, who spoke to Network editor Alec Peachey about a range of subjects including regulation, infrastructure policy and the future energy system.
Ofgem’s RIIO2 price controls move a step closer
Ofgem has confirmed that the default length of the next price controls will be five years with the energy regulator's plans to deliver savings of over £5 billion to consumers moving a step closer.
Protection, monitoring and control
National Grid is rising to new challenges in the vital areas of protection, monitoring and control with one eye on its back and the other very much on the future. Ben Graff, head of T2 stakeholder engagement at National Grid, highlights the work being done by the system operator.
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.
It’s the wrong kind of disruption
Editorial board member and independent consultant John Scott foresees self-inflicted problems for the energy sector.
Citizens Advice wants Ofgem to cut network profits by an extra £4.1bn
Ofgem could save consumers a further £4.1bn in the next set of energy network price controls, according to analysis from Citizens Advice.
Putting customers at the heart of RIIO2
Continuing our series of exclusive contributions from Cadent, Richard Court - head of regulation and external affairs - tells Network why Ofgem's RIIO2 framework consultation is at a critical stage.
Victoria Pelka, senior policy researcher at Citizens Advice, talks about the importance of consumer engagement.
Utility Week Live: Brearley provides update on RIIO2
Jonathan Brearley, senior partner networks at Ofgem, provided an update on its proposals for a new regulatory framework at Utility Week Live earlier this week.
Utility Week Congress 2018
The premier event for water, gas and electricity sector leaders offering strategic insight at the highest level.
Reshaping the energy landsdcape
Mark Brackley, National Grid's project RIIO2 director, reflects on the challenges for the RIIO2 regulatory period and how the industry can help shape National Grid's business plans.