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.
If electric vehicles are to dominate the UK’s highways and byways then it is essential the charging infrastructure is accessible to all. That means finding a solution for the estimated eight million drivers in the UK who do not have access to off-street parking. Utility Week explores an innovative approach to this problem, which seeks to avoid tensions created by excessive street furniture.
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.
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.
This Utility Week Explains in association with MSA Safety io looks at how wearable and smart technologies connected to cloud-based services is emerging to better monitor the amount of time workers spend in hazardous areas, improve the prediction to exposure of toxic gases, and help boost productivity by ensuring devices are working properly and thus reduce down time.
In our latest Tech Talk, Kelvatek's Samir Alilat looks at how networks can highlight and manage developing issues on cables, transformers and other assets before service levels and customer satisfaction are impacted.
A webinar to explore the building blocks required for smart, customer-centric field operations in the UK utilities industry, including discussion of ideal operating models, necessary skill sets and the role of digital transformation.
Utility companies rely heavily on SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems to monitor and manage critical infrastructure. The planned UK PSTN network end-of-life in 2025 has created a sizable problem for the sector to solve. Not only does industry need a viable technological replacement for existing PSTN-enabled sites, but also a long-term future-proof solution that can scale and adapt as technologies and businesses continue to evolve.
How has the pandemic catalysed change in field worker experience and field force management? Utility Week explores the experiences and ambitions of energy and water industry leaders in this new report.
Utility Week’s new report in association with FaultCurrent Ltd, explores the options available to DNO’s as they struggle to head off the risks associated with diminishing fault level headroom across their asset base due to growth in distributed generation.
National Grid Electricity System Operator has completed its first competitive tender for black start services, awarding contracts worth £84 million to six providers – five of them new. The agreements cover a five-year period beginning in July 2022, although there is also an incentive to begin providing the service earlier if possible.
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.
Ofwat will be setting out details of its innovation fund and leading a series of workshops on transformational innovation at Utility Week Live Online, the industry’s virtual exhibition taking place from 24-26 November.