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Code administrator Elexon is proposing that nationwide electricity “flexibility platforms” are set up. The platforms would allow local distribution network operators (DNOs), suppliers and businesses to buy storage output or demand-side response (DSR) services. 
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SP Energy Networks has announced plans to procure 95MW of flexibility services in the coming months after becoming the fourth distribution network operator to join the Piclo Flex online marketplace on a commercial basis.
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The problem of nuisance tripping by embedded generators should have been fixed years ago, the head of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit has argued. Commenting on the findings of several investigations into August’s blackout, Richard Black said the issue of overly sensitive loss of mains protections must be addressed as a matter of priority.
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There is a once in a generation opportunity for industry to work together with BEIS and Ofgem to change the energy code arrangements for the better, says Elexon's Angela Love
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Electricity North West has become the fifth of the six distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain to join the Piclo Flex online marketplace on commercial basis. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks became the first to join in March 2019 after the completion of a government-sponsored trial of the flexibility marketplace that involved all six of the DNOs.
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Western Power Distribution has completed the first of two trials of a new flexibility market that aims to bring procurement closer to real time, whilst ensuring trades by distribution network operators do not create an imbalance on the wider power grid.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and UK Power Networks (UKPN) have begun a trial of a new reactive power service that will allow distributed energy resources to help manage the voltage on the transmission network.
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The energy industry has laid the foundations for net zero but it is the next generation of sector leaders that will be responsible for ensuring the 2050 target is achieved. In the first of a series of articles, Utility Week talks to the five winners of the Young Energy Professionals Awards 2020 to gauge their views on everything from decarbonisation to diversity. We start with how young people perceive the energy sector and how this is changing.
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The energy system is evolving, both in how the system is used and in the expectations of those using it. Moreover, the pace of change is accelerating. Together, these trends are shedding light on the importance of grid reliability.
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Phil Swift, chief executive of Western Power Distribution, answers questions from Utility Week on the how the company can contribute to a green economic recovery and help local communities to Build Back Better following the coronavirus pandemic,
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has predicted a tightening of capacity margins this winter due to plant closures and outages, with the gap between supply and demand expected to fall to 4.8GW during an average cold spell.
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Ofgem has revealed the final amount of charges that have been deferred by network companies over a three-month period in response to Covid-19. In June three schemes were announced which allowed networks to put off up to £350 million worth of charges relating to gas transportation, electricity distribution and electricity transmission as a last resort. The schemes have now closed.
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SSE is to remove qualification entry requirements for apprentices as part of a wider push to improve social mobility. Utility Week speaks to the company’s HR director John Stewart and former minister Justine Greening, who chairs the social mobility pledge, about the sector’s role in creating new green jobs and supporting the levelling up agenda.
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Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Siemens have announced the creation of a joint venture named Calibrant Energy that will offer business customers “energy-as-a-service”. By bundling them together with financing, the company will provide customers with a range of onsite energy technologies at no upfront cost.
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Four of the distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain will from now on operate all of their flexibility tenders through a single, joint website. The Flexible Power website, which was already in use after being developed by Western Power Distribution as part of an innovation project, allows flexibility providers to view the locations of networks constraints, the associated requirements, procurement notices and documentation.
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