UK Power Networks
Winners of Ofgem’s 2018 network innovation competitions announced
Ofgem has announced the winners of its 2018 network innovation competitions with four projects set to share funding of £46.8 million.
London bus garage goes electric
A fleet of electric buses are operating from Shepherd's Bush bus garage, thanks to a new electricity connection provided by UK Power Networks.
The launch last year of the Government-backed Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan was a milestone on the road to a smarter energy system in the UK. The plan outlined the way in which continued decarbonisation of the economy and greater adoption of renewable energy could be supported by energy storage and demand side response (DSR) services. Ben Hargreaves reports.
Apprentices start work at UK Power Networks
UK Power Networks has recruited 16 new apprentices.
UKPN to trial Faraday Grid technology
UK Power Networks (UKPN) will trial new smart grid technology from Faraday Grid that is designed to create a smart, flexible electricity system that increases the capacity to deliver more renewable energy at a lower cost to consumers.
EVs added to network operator’s fleet
UK Power Networks has become the first of London's utility networks to put electric vehicles (EVs) on the capital's roads, as part of its operational fleet.
UK Power Networks announces 25 ‘flexibility first’ zones
UK Power Networks has announced ambitious plans to procure more than 100MW of flexibility services from distributed energy resources (DER).
AI could halve the number of power cuts
Artificial intelligence (AI) could help predict and prevent power cuts before they happen, potentially helping to halve the number of outages.
Online portal could boost renewable generation
UK Power Networks is testing a new online portal that could save as much in carbon emissions as planting a forest 2.5 times the size of the city of London every year and reduce costs by at least £1 million a year.
Power upgrade in Coulsdon
UK Power Networks is investing £250,000 in a project to increase the reliability of electricity supplies for people in Coulsdon.
Networks renewable improvements save customers £40m
Four electricity networks have joined forces to create a programme of improvements that will keep more renewable energy flowing onto local networks and save customers across Great Britain £40 million.
Sixteen apprentices join UKPN
UK Power Networks has recruited 16 apprentices who will train to be electricity linespeople and cable jointers.
UKPN adopts ‘flexibility first’ approach to electricity network
UK Power Networks is adopting a 'flexibility first' approach to delivering additional network capacity and reducing electricity demand during peak times.
UKPN enters final phase of Lewes power upgrade
UK Power Networks is entering the final phase of a £2 million investment project to upgrade power supplies in Lewes, Sussex.
UKPN carrying out £5.1m power upgrade in Maidstone
UK Power Networks has started a £5.1 million power upgrade in Maidstone, Kent.
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.
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FutureSmart – A smart grid for all
Video highlighting UK Power Networks transition to a distribution system operator.
UKPN works with Kent Downs AONB to underground power lines
UK Power Networks has invested £3.2 million on upgrading underground power lines in Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) over the last 10 years.
Virtual reality helps power workers train safely
UK Power Networks is using virtual reality to bring alive its latest safety training sessions for power workers.
UKPN investing £1.2m in Brighton power upgrade
UK Power Networks has started work on a £1.2 million project to upgrade Brighton's electricity supplies.
Plans unveiled for London’s first ‘virtual power station’
The capital's first ever 'virtual power station' which is made up of solar panels and batteries will relieve pressure on London's electricity network, under plans unveiled by UK Power Networks.
UKPN completes Stowmarket upgrade
UK Power Networks has completed a £7.2 million project to boost electricity supplies for homes and businesses across Stowmarket in Suffolk.
Preparing for a smart future
Greg Pitcher speaks to UK Power Networks smart grid development team to find out more about the company's transition to a smart grid.
Final stage of Lewes power upgrade starts
UK Power Networks has started work on the final stage of a £2 million project to upgrade electricity supplies in Lewes, Sussex.
New taskforce setup to expand London’s EV infrastructure
A new taskforce dedicated to boosting the infrastructure needed to increase the take-up of electric vehicles across the capital has been set up by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Helicopters, thermal imaging cameras, artificial intelligence and the internet of things are among the latest weapons as the battle against power cuts rages into the modern era. Greg Pitcher finds out more.
Customers able to track power cuts
A power cut tracker that allows customers to follow engineers' progress when restoring electricity supplies has been launched by UK Power Networks.
Overhead power lines removed at Norfolk coastal spot
UK Power Networks has completed the removal of overhead power lines at a North Norfolk coast beauty spot.
UKPN reveals next steps toward a smart future
UK Power Networks', the UK's largest electricity distribution network, has revealed the next steps in its plans to transform its network into a smart, flexible grid.
Power Potential: unlocking hidden potential
Dr Biljana Stojkovska, National Grid Power Potential Project Lead, discusses the work the electricity system operator is doing in partnership with UK Power Networks.
Outgoing UKPN director says he’ll miss sector advancements
The outgoing finance director at UK Power Networks says he's disappointed that he'll miss out on the advent of smarter, flexible electricity networks.