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Utility Week Live Online, the virtual exhibition and conference from Utility Week’s publisher Faversham House, has now opened to visitors, ahead of the live show dates of November 24-26.
Market insight
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.
News
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.
Analysis

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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.
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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.
Interviews

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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.
Interviews
Electricity North West has become the fifth of the six distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain to join the Piclo Flex online marketplace on commercial basis. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks became the first to join in March 2019 after the completion of a government-sponsored trial of the flexibility marketplace that involved all six of the DNOs.
News
Auriga Services has launched a nationwide portal allowing utility companies to share information on their most vulnerable customers. The priority services portal, which can be branded for any company, will allow customers to enter their details once to allow other utilities using the portal to access the data.
News
Western Power Distribution has completed the first of two trials of a new flexibility market that aims to bring procurement closer to real time, whilst ensuring trades by distribution network operators do not create an imbalance on the wider power grid.
News
UK Power Networks was formed in 2010 and since then has been part of a number of an evolution of the energy system, aimed at delivering clean power to customers’ homes. Leading engineers at the company share their views on what has changed - and what the next ten years is likely to hold.
Opinion
After the Energy Networks Association held the first of a series of customers forums on biomethane earlier this week as part of its Gas Goes Green initiative, Utility Week speaks to Gas Goes Green champion Chris Train and programme lead Thom Koller about their work to streamline the connections process for producers.  
Analysis
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has for the first time awarded flexibility contracts to a windfarm as part of a tender for the Isle of Skye that also saw contacts won by three hydro generators. Meanwhile, Western Power Distribution has awarded contracts to 222MW in its latest tender.
News
A group of twelve companies and organisations have submitted a bid for government funding to help create a zero-carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040. The Zero Carbon Humber partnership said the project could reduce the UK’s total annual carbon emissions by 15 per cent, save businesses around £27.5 billion in carbon taxes over the next two decades, safeguard 55,000 existing jobs and create thousands more.
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