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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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Northern Powergrid has signed an £11.4 million contract with EMR Integrated Solutions to upgrade the remote monitoring and control system for 7,500 of its secondary substations. The company said the new system will allow it to centralise monitoring and control, activate enhanced automation and gain a better understanding of consumption patterns across its network.
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An “interoperability checker” allowing SMETS1 smart meter customers to check if they can switch supplier and retain smart functionality is due to be launched by the Data Communications Company (DCC). It is proposing a system which would give secure, free access (or at cost) to system data from its platform.
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UK Power Networks is rolling out “self-healing” restoration software across its extra high voltage networks in the South East and East of England. The Primary Outage Restoration Tool has already been deployed at around 210 primary substations serving two million customers in the South East and is planned to be rolled out to another 460 sites across the East of England.
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Sotiris Georgiopoulos, head of smart grid development at UK Power Networks, talks to Utility Week about his new role as chair of the Energy Networks Association’s Open Networks project – what has been achieved so far and what more there is to do.
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The energy sector must learn lessons from the smart meter rollout when implementing technical standards for future smart home energy technologies, industry observers have warned. A recent roundtable hosted by DevicePilot, a service monitoring platform for connected devices, discussed the future of the home energy market, which innovations are set to have the biggest impact and what effect this will have on the UK’s net zero goals. Several attendees reflected on how the smart meter rollout has panned out and offered their thoughts on what can be learned as homes adopt smart technologies.
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With expanding AI capabilities, industries such as the energy, rail and telecommunications are witnessing growth in the adoption of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones). The increase in drone usage has already begun challenging the conventional methods of inspection and maintenance of assets. More importantly, it is showing the value of using innovation to overcome traditional challenges.
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Net zero is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system. This high-level report, in association with Microsoft and Accenture, explores how digital technology and partnership working can help the sector accelerate and scale up to deliver the transition affordably.
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UK Power Networks and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks have begun a trial of a new technology designed to spot network faults before they lead to power cuts. The system monitors voltage and current on electricity circuits and matches any abnormal waveforms with a library to identify the most likely causes.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of strategy & customer service at UK Power Networks. He discusses the need to present decarbonisation as an economic opportunity rather than a cost burden, why the sector should be promoting “open energy” and three principles to boost consumer participation in the net-zero agenda.
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Key to the UK's success in reaching its decarbonisation targets will be fostering innovation, developing the skills needed to deliver on these ambitions, and collaboration across the energy sector, writes Emma Ford, head of gas construction at National Grid.
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With the changing landscape of power generation, higher customer demand, and increasing fault currents, DNOs need to prepare for the grid of tomorrow and improve reliability by utilising innovative solutions, says Jonathan Hopkins, sales director at S&C Electric.
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The engineering standards for the electricity system should “start off with customers” rather than being “written by industry people for industry use”, the chair of a review panel has argued. Simon Harrison is the group strategic development director for Mott Macdonald and recently chaired an independent panel convened by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategic (BEIS) and Ofgem to review engineering standards for electricity, which published its findings in December.
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