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Electricity networks are seeking £29 million of funding through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition for projects exploring demand from heat pumps, flexibility trading and smart local energy systems. The regulator has published the submissions for the four out of six projects that made it through the initial screening process.
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DNOs regularly publish Distribution Future Energy Scenarios, but these often overlook the developing complexity on the low voltage networks. As UW Innovate reports, WPD has now devised a new methodology, called EPIC, to capture data from local authorities and use it for more sensitive and localised analysis.
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SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has developed a new modelling tool to predict future electricity demand from low-carbon heating. The distribution network operator said the Heat-Up tool will allow it to estimate the size of heat pumps required to warm homes in its area based on their characteristics and plan investments in grid reinforcements to accommodate the resulting rise in electricity demand.
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Andrew Urquhart, head of whole system at SSEN Transmission, outlines the response to the company’s earlier paper exploring the case for reforms to transmission network charges to address concerns that their volatility, unpredictability and regional variation are deterring investment in new generation.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week presents a showcase of some of the most promising energy storage technologies. Tom Grimwood explores the potential - and the limitations - of solutions ranging from flow batteries to liquid air energy storage and the use of gravity, among others.
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Increasing demand by a growing population, climate change, escalating energy prices and an ageing infrastructure are all combining to build pressure on our water networks. How we all manage and consume water needs to evolve to cope with future demand. New technologies are emerging that will improve distribution network operations and efficiencies, as well as making consumers more aware of the cost - and hence affect how they use water.
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We need to knuckle down and get on with smart grid deployment or risk losing many potential benefits, say Bill Easton and Jenny Byars.
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The East of England is pulling out all the stops to entice offshore wind, gas, oil and nuclear operators. James Gray explains
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Technical and financial challenges are at the heart of the grid connection delays that have frustrated Germany's offshore wind power sector, says Siân Crampsie
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British Gas parent Centrica saw profits in its residential supply business rise by 23 per cent to £345 million in the six months to 30 June, compared to the same period in 2011.
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