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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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Ofgem has given conditional approval to revised proposals from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks to build a new 600MW transmission link connecting the Shetland Islands to the mainland power grid for the first time. The regulator had already approved the project once already but ultimately withheld funding after the proposed 475MW Viking windfarm failed to secure an agreement in the latest Contracts for Difference auction.
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has secured £320,000 of funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance to develop a portable charging device for electric vehicles. The 18-month Local Electric Vehicle Energy Loop project will seek to address short term fluctuations in demand, for example, due to increased travel by both tourists and local drivers during warmer months or road works or accidents that prevent access to some charging points.
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Utility Week’s community of innovation and technology leaders were asked to summarise the key transformations utilities must achieve within the 2020s in order to sustain relevance and legitimacy in a changing world. Here’s what they said.
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Utility Week talks to UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella about the impact of coronavirus on the company. He discusses the effect on projects, the financial hit the company will take because of reduced demand and his pride in the dedication shown by his workforce and the wider utilities sector.
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The Energy Networks Association has launched a new programme to coordinate efforts to create the “world’s first zero carbon gas grid” in the UK using a combination of hydrogen and biomethane. The Gas Goes Green initiative will be headed up by former Cadent chief executive Chris Train who has been appointed as Britain's first "Green Gas Champion". 
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The Energy Networks Association has released a draft version of a standard flexibility contract agreed upon by all six of the distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain, along with the electricity system operator at National Grid. The industry body said the contract will “boost confidence and participation in local markets for flexibility by building a level playing field".
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The Energy Networks Association has revised its innovation strategies for the electricity and gas sectors and released a new one covering the energy system as a whole. Utility Week talks to key figures behind the documents about the strategy gaps they were aiming to fill.
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