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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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With drought abated in many places, we have a period of grace to plan for future shortages. Richard Ratcliff and Ajay Nair look at the options.
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Smart grids planned for Europe are almost certain to be "a target for hackers worldwide", warned a senior figure in the German firm Tüv Informationstechnik.
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Smart grid shortfalls could put the brakes on the success of electric vehicles and must be guarded against, says Richard Postance.
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China took almost three quarters (71 per cent) of the 73 million smart meters shipped globally in 2011. While record numbers were deployed, however, the pace of growth slowed during the fourth quarter as some projects wound down and fewer big projects were announced.
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Peter Kelly argues the mobile network is the only credible communications technology option for smart metering.
Opinion
A timely reminder about how much strain our energy networks can be put under was provided by David Clarke, Energy Technologies Institute chief executive, when he gave the Bridge Lecture last week. He noted (see news story, page 4) that domestic gas usage can increase sixfold between summer and winter.
Comment
Here at S&C we're celebrating our 100th anniversary. Looking back over the past century, there are of course massive differences between technology and innovation then and what we have today. It is interesting to note not only how much various sectors have evolved, but also the way in which they have done so.
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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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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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