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SP Energy Networks has announced plans to procure 95MW of flexibility services in the coming months after becoming the fourth distribution network operator to join the Piclo Flex online marketplace on a commercial basis.
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Residents of a block of flats in Brixton are to offer flexibility services to UK Power Networks as part of a ground-breaking trial. The scheme will build upon the existing CommUNITY project run by EDF Energy and Repowering London, which enabled the occupants of Elmore House to trade electricity generated on site through a peer-to-peer energy market.
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As more details emerge on the causes of last Friday’s power cut, the former head of engineering at National Grid argues the blackout should prompt a complete rethink of its strategy for dealing with outages and the growing volatility of the electricity system.
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Energy Networks Association’s Open Networks Project, which has been engaging with industry to power towards a smarter, low-carbon energy system, has reached some key milestones, says ENA's head of innovation, Randolph Brazier
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As part of our Utility of the Future series, Utility Week explores how the sector can use renewable generation and technology to create a modernised energy grid. Keen to forge a new path, energy providers are experimenting with a range of new business models, products and services that redefine their relationship with customers and how they pay for their energy.
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Kaluza’s smart energy platform will be used to control more than 100 internet-connected storage heaters as part of a new trial. The heaters will monitor the weather and customers’ heating habits to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the day. Kaluza will use price data from EDF to ensure they generate and store heat at times when electricity is cheapest and cleanest.
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UK Power Networks has launched a new online portal giving “unprecedented access” to its operational data. The firm says the Open Data web page will provide an “invaluable” tool for the transport sector, helping organisations to identify the best locations for the connection of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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Centrica, through its retail arm British Gas, will install electric vehicle chargers in the homes of Volkswagen Group customers in the UK as part of three-year partnership agreed between itself and the German carmaker. The deal will initially cover the Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda brands, with Audi being added later this year.
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A new scheme to make greater use of network capacity in southern England has been launched by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), National Grid Electricity Transmission and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). An active network management system is being introduced in the region that will allow distributed generators with flexible connection agreements to continue providing power during periods when they previously may have been required to switch off.
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BEIS has revealed the winners of a competition to accelerate development of flexibility exchanges, awarding £2.2 million across two projects. The lion’s share of the funding - £1.6 million – will go to the TraDER project, which aims to provide a “single access point for multiple energy services”.
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Across the utilities sector, a diverse range of bright and skilled people will help transform the national infrastructure to pave the way for decarbonisation. However, these people are going to need the support of innovative and reliable technology if they are to work in the most effective way, according to Mark Dewell, of Advanced.
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Progress towards the creation of smarter and more flexible energy system has not been rapid enough, a number of industry associations have warned in a new report. The initial confidence in the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan published by the government and Ofgem in 2017, has since “faltered”. Failure to speed things up over the first half of this decade risks costing consumers £9 billion by 2050.
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Current policies and regulations will not be sufficient to attract the hundreds of billions of pounds of investment required to decarbonise the UK's energy system, industry figures have warned. Speaking at an event held by Energy UK in London, they said significant changes will be needed if the country is to fulfil its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
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5G will bring increasingly reliable, fluid, and flexible connectivity and play a key role in making the smart grid a reality, says May Li, of PA Consulting.
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Espoused by the prime minister at the launch of COP26, offshore wind has become the poster child of clean energy. The latest in our ‘Regional Growth and Utilities’ series travels to the Humber to hear how its renewables story is showing the way on local regeneration. Suzanne Heneghan reports.
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