New £2.6m project to help reduce power outages

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has partnered with a supplier of smart infrastructure technologies in bid to reduce the length and frequency of power outages by locating faults faster. The £2.6 million project, funded by Ofgem, will see Aclara use its grid monitoring platform and sensors to collect and analyse data related to transient faults – […]

EU bank lends €300m to upgrade Dutch power grid

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €300 million (£271m) to help upgrade the electricity grid in the Netherlands. Liander, a subsidiary of Dutch network company Alliander, will use the loan to finance parts of the renewal and expansion of the distribution network. Improvements will be made to the grid in the areas where the […]

EU grants €65m to improve energy access in Zambia

The European Commission is providing a €65 million (£55.92m) grant to improve access to energy in Zambia. The project will include the rehabilitation and expansion of the low voltage distribution network in selected low income areas of Lusaka City. It is expected to help provide access to reliable, clean and affordable electricity services to at […]

SSE commits to changes after Ofgem power connections probe

Ofgem has accepted legally binding commitments made by SSE to improve concerns around competition in the electricity connections market and closed the investigation it launched last year. The regulator was looking into whether the Big Six supplier put its competitors at a disadvantage in the South of England. Hundreds of thousands of connections are made […]

UK’s first large scale grid battery powered in Orkney

The UK’s first large-scale battery has been connected to the local electricity distribution network in Orkney. The project is part of a trial that aims to find how the intermittent nature of renewable energy generation can be resolved by using large-scale batteries and the role they can play. Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) connected […]

EU bank lends Spain €200m to modernise electricity grid

The European Investment Bank and a Spanish energy company has signed a loan contract for €200m (£172.6m) to modernise its electricity distribution network throughout Spain. The loan will co-finance Iberdrola’s investment programme, with a large number of new supply points to be connected to the existing network with the aim of improving the reliability and […]

Spain gets €475m for power grid upgrade

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan worth €475 million (£410.9m) for Spain to upgrade its power grid. The cash will support utility firm Gas Natural Fenosa’s four-year programme of investment in upgrading and expanding the overhead distribution network, laying underground cables and building substations – expected to help improve the safety and […]

Polish energy firm gets €195m for smart grid project

A London-based bank is set to provide funding worth PLN800 million (£165.6m) for Poland (pictured) to upgrade it electricity distribution network. Polish energy company ENERGA – one of the largest power utilities in the country – will use the cash to introduce an advanced smart metering system and implement efficiency improvements to the network. The […]