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As networks prepare for a big surge in demand from electric vehicles in the coming years, Utility Week explores SSEN’s controversial proposals to use smart meters to disconnect home chargers and other low-carbon technologies if they are at risk of overloading the local infrastructure.
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With companies under unprecedented pressure to improve efficiency and productivity, utilities need to bring new focus and energy into the operational excellence and innovation agenda. At Utility Week Live Online, visitors can find out how
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The foundations of emerging asset management applications are data and analytics. Gowri Rajappan and Tony McGrail of Doble explore the importance of ensuring this information is accurately maintained and available on demand to various applications.
Opinion
The energy sector has so far failed to act meaningfully on warm words about local flexibility, writes Matthew Roderick, former CTO at the Data Communications Company and now CEO of n3rgy. He presents his proposal for a first step to real change - without a complete system redesign.
Opinion
Experts from Megger look at advances in substation and transformer testing.
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More consumers and more connections. More solar panels, more heat pumps - and lots more electric vehicles (EVs). The relentless drive to decarbonisation is making it harder for energy operators to analyse and respond to complex, unpredictable load patterns on their distribution networks, writes Kelvatek.
Opinion
The Ground Source Heat Pump Association begins 2020 with a new look and a new confidence that - with heat pumps emerging as a favoured option in the government's Future Homes consultation - the sector is about to come into its own.
Interviews
SP Energy Networks' Future Networks Manager, Professor James Yu, received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. We caught up with him to discuss challenges, past, present and future.
Interviews
A high-efficiency waste gasification demonstrator project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute is producing electricity for the grid, but its sponsoring organisation was wound up at the end of December. Before closing day, ETI project manager Paul Winstanley told Elaine Knutt about what the ETI/Kew Technology Sustainable Energy Centre has achieved, and possible future milestones.
Interviews
Graham Wright, chairman of the Heat Pump Association, on the important role heat pumps could play in the low carbon heat mix, and the need to increase the rate of installations to meet net-zero.
Opinion
Matti Rautkivi, director of strategy and business development at Wärtsilä Energy Business, explains why the Finnish company is backing several innovators in the field of hydrogen-based fuels - and why the UK government should do so as well.
Opinion
Like many local authorities, Bristol City Council isn't waiting for government to lead in the net-zero challenge; it's identified £1bn of decarbonisation projects and is seeking a private sector "strategic partner" to make them happen. Councillor Kye Dudd tells Elaine Knutt about the plan.
Interviews
Flexibility is the buzzword of our times, but it may ring hollow to the "flex provider" that just misses out on a DNO contract. Elexon chief executive Mark Bygraves explains its proposal for new online marketplaces that will allow buyers and sellers to trade with full flexibility.
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