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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a new online portal that enables installers to get quicker and easier decisions on whether they can connect green technologies such as electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps, solar panels and batteries. The electricity distribution network said Smart Connect was developed in partnership with Octopus Electric Vehicles in response to feedback from customers, who said the old process was confusing and time-consuming.
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Western Power Distribution has launched an open access online portal offering a “wealth of data” on consumption, generation and loads across its network. The Beta Connected Data Portal is the first of its kind to be launched by a distribution network operator in Great Britain.
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The government has granted £33 million to the Cadent-backed HyNet North West project as part of a wider £171 million allocation for its industrial decarbonisation strategy, which has also been published. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge funding has been earmarked for engineering and design work on nine projects in Scotland, South Wales, the North West, the Humber region and Teesside.
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Can power network operators deliver the scale and pace of investment needed for net zero without alienating communities or causing environmental detriment? A new report from Utility Week and Hitachi ABB Power Grids explores the challenge.
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