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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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Mathew Palmer says TV spectrum "white space" could facilitate the communications technology of choice for smart grids.
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Utilities will soon be asked by Brussels to apply for funding from the European Union 2012 trans-European energy network (TENs) spending programme that funds new electricity and gas infrastructure linking different countries. A formal call for proposals will be issued by the end of February.
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Bristol City Council has received a £2.5 million grant from the European Investment Bank to set up an energy services company (Esco). The authority eventually hopes to secure around £70 million investment from the EIB to set up the company that it will own on behalf of Bristol citizens.
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Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Businesses know energy is expensive, but are reluctant to invest in efficiency measures. As cold weather starts to kick in for the first time this year, Richard Postance tells the government to educate and reassure.
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DNOs know they have to transform their networks into smart grids, but what exactly will this entail? Brendan Coyne sat in on senior managers discussing the issue at the EIC.
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