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UK Taking The Next Step: From Mini Grids To Open Networks

Dr Stuart Johnston, Executive Director, Assets and Network Transformation at Energy Networks in Australia discusses the development of Open Networks in the UK and the collaboration with Australian networks.

Great Britain is busting open markets for Network Flexibility


Northern Lights: Leading the low carbon transition with Northern Powergrid's £83m smart grid programme

As DNO colleagues across the county ready their systems for sweeping changes brought about by the rapid growth of electric vehicles, domestic generation and renewable power, Patrick Erwin, Policy and Markets Director at Northern Powergrid, takes a moment to share more details about the £83m Smart Grid Enablers programme his team announced in January.

We are facing many unknowns…

A stakeholder perspective of the Open Networks Project

ENA's Open Networks Project is currently consulting on it's 2018 work plan and Fiona Navesey, Director of Wholesale Markets at Centrica, has written about their involvement with the Project to date as a stakeholder.

WPD’s innovative Electric Nation project aims to revolutionise domestic EV charging

The Open Networks Project will lay the foundations of a smart energy grid in the UK, bringing together the leading minds in the UK energy industry to transform the way our networks work. The project aims to take a national whole systems thinking approach to meet the challenges faced in the industry to deliver safe and reliable energy in a smart way – responding…

Energy Networks Association Consultation – Fair and Effective Management of DNO Connection Queues: Treatment of Changes to Connection Requests

The Energy Networks Association Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Connections Steering Group has this week issued a consultation which seeks stakeholders’ views on proposals in respect of what changes a customer can make to a project after a connection request for it has been made, while maintaining the project’s place in the connections queue.

The consultation is part of the wider work…

Putting the H100 into hydrogen - demonstrating hydrogen networks

With the 22nd December deadline for responses to the Gas Network Innovation Strategy fast approaching, Mark Wheeldon, Innovation Project Manager at SGN, gives an overview of the innovative H100 project that aims to build a hydrogen demonstration network.

One week to go: ENA's Gas Networks Innovation Strategy consultation is hotting up

There's just one week left to help shape the future of energy innovation in the UK, with the consultation on Energy Networks Association’s draft Gas Network Innovation Strategy closing on Friday 22nd December.

Open Networks: The electricity networks' role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Open Networks Project is a prime example of a project where experiences we draw from other sectors could provide crucial support in enabling the outcomes to have the greatest impact to the market. Building a smart energy grid based on a de-centralised delivery model which allows for a flexible delivery model based on localised demand patterns in many ways models the approach taken by many automotive firms who have also made radical changes to their manufacturing strategies.

Get ‘appy’: Western Power Distribution’s OpenLV Project

Mark Dale, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer at Western Power Distribution (WPD) explains why electricity distribution networks are getting ‘appy with an introduction to the OpenLV project.

Using contingency analysis to keep the distribution network secure and reliable: UK Power Network’s Kent Active System Management

Alex Jakeman, Innovation Project Lead at UK Power Networks, discusss the Kent Active System Management (KASM) and how the project has been exploring the value of contingency analysis software in operational timeframes on the network in East Kent.

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