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With the deadline fast approaching for entries to the Utility Week Awards 2021, the chief executive of last year’s Utility of the Year reflects on what the win meant for his company. SGN’s John Morea also gives his views on how the industry has reacted to the pandemic and why it is right to celebrate what has been achieved during a turbulent year.
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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has begun trialling a new early warning system for network faults at key sites across London and the South East. The company said the Smart Cable Guards developed by DNV work like a “doctor’s stethoscope” – continuously monitoring the “pulse” of the network to detect tiny electrical distortions similar to an “irregular heartbeat”.
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Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has received approval from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to inject gas containing up to 1 per cent hydrogen into the gas grid. The gas will be produced at Advanced Biofuel Solutions’ waste gasification plant in Swindon where it will also be injected into the network starting in October.
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Brexit has pushed the UK to the “back of the queue” for developing interconnectors, Sir Ed Davey has claimed. The former energy and climate change secretary of state said that he “never found any European rules that got in the way” of the UK’s renewable energy push.
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National Grid has successfully erected the world’s first T-pylon. It represents the first newly-designed electricity pylon to be introduced to Great Britain for nearly a century.
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Octopus Energy and parking platform JustPark have launched an electric vehicle (EV) solution to identify suitable locations and install private chargers for fleet drivers. The solution will see JustPark identify a suitable location to install a private charger within five minutes’ walk of a fleet driver’s home. Octopus Energy Services will install and manage these charging units.
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The publication of the Hydrogen Strategy provided some glimpses of the government’s approach towards decarbonisation of heat but, as David Blackman discovers, its key proposals seem to have provided more questions than answers.
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National Grid’s acquisition of Western Power Distribution (WPD) has been formally approved by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). National Grid agreed to buy the electricity distribution network as part of several moves to “strategically pivot” its UK portfolio towards power.
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Shell has unveiled ambitions to install 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers by the end of 2025 through its recently acquired subsidiary Ubitricity. The company says it aims to create more availability for drivers without private parking, as well as helping local authorities get their charging networks up-and-running as quickly as possible.
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Ofgem has opened its new Strategic Innovation Fund for energy networks, introduced to replace the Network Innovation Competition as part of the RIIO2 price controls. The £450 million fund will initially be open to projects led by transmission and gas distribution networks as well as the electricity system operator whose RIIO2 price controls began in April of this year.
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Thames has awarded an eight-year contract to SGN to design, build and operate biomethane gas-to-grid facilities at its wastewater treatment works with the first installation due to be completed in March 2022. Gas from anaerobic digestion will be used to heat 3,500 homes in north London.
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The Energy Networks Association has launched a consultation on the next version of its standard contract for flexibility services. Stakeholders have been invited to help shape the third iteration of the contract, which was first agreed in April last year and streamlined in an update in March.
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A fully renewable grid, purely reliant on wind and solar generation, could require hundreds of terrawatt hours of storage capacity to correct seasonal and multi-year imbalances between the supply and demand of electricity, according to research by Birmingham University and Dr Keith MacLean. Utility Week spoke to MacLean to find out more.
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Can utilities marry a drive for innovation in customer service with the need for ruthless efficiency in the way it is delivered? Customer operations and strategy leaders from across the sector shared their views with Utility Week.
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