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UK Power Networks has announced plans to procure 250MW of flexibility in its largest tender to date, worth £50 million. The distribution network operator is seeking flexibility in more than 130 locations, which for the first time will include extra high voltage sites.
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Centrica has completed a £16.7 million three-year energy market trial in Cornwall that saw local and national network operators simultaneously buy flexibility for the first time. Participants in the trial, which included 200 homes and businesses, successfully traded 310MWh of flexibility over its course.
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Western Power Distribution has launched a new domestic flexibility trial that will see households paid to keep their electricity usage at or below a pre-agreed level during weekday peaks in demand. This is in contrast with most previous flexibility services which usually require providers to reduce their consumption by a specified amount.
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Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at Ovo’s smart technology arm Kaluza, discusses the company’s direct-to-car smart charging trial with Bosch, why some networks are easier to deal with than others, and how it is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand flexibility in heating.  
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Utility Week speaks to Frederic Godemel, executive vice president for power systems at Schneider Electric, about their efforts to make switchgear both smarter and greener by integrating monitoring and communications technology and ending the use of SF6 as an insulator.
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The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched a consultation on the workplan for its Open Networks project in 2021. The programme, now entering its fifth year, aims to support the decarbonisation of the energy system by making networks smarter and more flexible.
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Jan Ydens, head of product for Kiwi Power, discusses the company’s role in Western Power Distribution’s Flexible Power platform and the importance of simplicity in an increasingly complex energy market.
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Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at Ovo’s smart technology arm Kaluza, discusses the company’s direct-to-car smart charging trial with Bosch, why some networks are easier to deal with than others, and how it is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand flexibility in heating.  
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Ofgem has awarded £18 million to a project led by SGN to build a first-of-a-kind green hydrogen network serving 300 homes in Fife. The project was among five winners to receive a collective total of around £58 million in the regulator’s eighth and final Network Innovation Competition.
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A new report from Utility Week, in association with MSA Safety io explores how cloud technology can help utilities maintain real time updates direct from workers' wearable gas detection devices, improving safety and boosting efficiency in compliance.
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A new report to explain how a focus on short interruptions can help power network operators get ahead increasing regulatory pressure for improvements in customer experience and resilience despite mounting grid constraints.
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Scottish Power Renewables has used power from its 69MW Dersalloch onshore windfarm in South Ayrshire to re-energise part of the transmission network in a “world first”. By operating them as “virtual synchronous machines”, the company was able to create a stable power island that was then reintegrated with the rest of the grid and used to restore a blacked-out section of the network.
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Utility Week speaks to Frederic Godemel, executive vice president for power systems at Schneider Electric, about their efforts to make switchgear both smarter and greener by integrating monitoring and communications technology and ending the use of SF6 as an insulator.
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