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An exclusive Utility Week poll of senior sector figures has highlighted the growing concerns over the risk of a cybersecurity breach. Eight out of ten respondents said they regard a serious hack as a high-risk factor, with 85% saying it would have a major impact on their business. One described this as their company’s “biggest fear”.
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SP Energy Networks has successfully used renewables to re-energise a portion of its network as part of ground-breaking trial. The capability to restart the power grid in the event of a partial or total shutdown of the national transmission network has previously been provided by large transmission-connected fossil fuel power stations. The Distributed ReStart project is seeking to develop the capability to kick start the electricity system using smaller distributed energy resources such as wind, solar and hydro generators.
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John Morea is to retire as chief executive of gas distribution network SGN on 12 August after serving in the role since 2008. Mark Wild, who led the recent opening of the Elizabeth tube in London as chief executive of Crossrail, has been appointed as Morea’s successor and will take up the position on 15 August.
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The inaugural UK Utilities Risk Report, from Utility Week and Marsh, highlights the key issues keeping sector leaders awake at night. From cybersecurity to policy and regulatory blockers, extreme weather and price volatility, this report presents a snapshot of the key concerns for utilities.
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Utilities know they must remain ever alert to the challenge of ensuring high standards of health and safety with new risks constantly emerging, not least due to developments in other industries and the impact of the pandemic. This report seeks to identify the key challenges and drivers for change and how utilities are responding.
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Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that government proposals to continue installing sub-smart “advanced” meters in non-domestic premises for 18 months beyond the current April 2014 deadline could put more than £4 billion of smart benefits “at risk”.
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The best way to cut UK energy bills would be to make the US sell its cheap shale gas on the global market, former energy minister Chris Huhne is arguing.
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Local authorities can bid for a £6 million pot to develop low carbon district heating and cooling networks, climate change minister Greg Barker announced on Friday.
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Smart grids are needed to keep energy costs down, a senior Liberal Democrat MP said at the party's conference in Glasgow.
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SSE Power Distribution is expecting to connect 14.5GW of solar PV and low carbon generation capacity to the grid by 2023, its latest business plan reveals.
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Growers in West Sussex are crying out for utilities to help them minimise problems caused by fluctuating energy prices and access to water supplies. Kathy Oxtoby finds out more, in the latest in an occasional series on big customers
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