Power network operators unveil £17bn smart grid plan

Householders and businesses in the UK could sell their own energy within a local power network under new smart grid plans unveiled today. Electricity network operators across England, Scotland and Wales have committed to deliver £17 billion of benefits by 2050 as a result of the overhaul of the networks. They have announced a joint […]

Views sought on creating new markets for distributed energy

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on creating new markets for distributed energy resources (DERs). It has launched a consultation on how to create a smart electricity grid for technologies such as battery storage, solar panels and services such as electric vehicles to grid demand response. It is part of its Open Networks […]

New initiative redefines future of electricity networks

A new initiative that redefines how the UK’s electricity networks will operate in the future has been announced. The Open Networks Project, led by the Energy Networks Association (ENA), comes as the nation moves towards a low carbon and smarter grid. It says the role of local electricity networks – also known as Distribution Network […]

Election debate should be about ‘more than just energy tariffs’

The energy policy debate in the run up to the general election should be about more than just tariffs. That’s the view of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which is calling on politicians for a greater focus on infrastructure. It suggests the transition towards a smarter, flexible and integrated energy system “offers exciting opportunities” and […]

Power cut in your area? Ring 105

People in the UK can dial 105 to report a power cut from April next year. It is expected to make it easier for customers to contact their local electricity distribution company for any safety concerns. Regulator Ofcom approved the application by the Energy Networks Association (ENA). Vodafone UK has been appointed the telecommunications service provider for […]

100,000 homes hit by power cuts in Wales

At least 100,000 householders in Wales have been hit by power cuts today as a result of strong winds in the area. The Energy Networks Association (ENA) told ELN on land wind speed of over 100 miles an hour has been recorded. A spokesperson said although engineers are working hard on site to fix the […]

13,000 homes still without power

Around 13,000 households across England and Wales have no access to electricity as a result of strong winds and flooding. Some have been without power since Monday while others since last night due to severe weather. Engineers are however working hard to restore electricity, with almost 25,000 homes reconnected overnight, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) […]

Tougher laws for metal theft passed

A new law for the scrap metal industry passed today could cut the number of cable thefts in the energy industry. Richard Ottaway, MP for Croydon South’s ‘Scrap Metal Dealers Bill’ proposes a reform of the metal recycling industry, which includes a “rigorous licensing scheme”. This is to ensure every sale of scrap metal is […]

‘Smarter’ electricity network could save £11bn

UK consumers could save around £11 billion if “smart” solutions are implemented in the UK electricity network. A new report commissioned by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on behalf of DECC and Ofgem suggests a smarter network is vital for an affordable, secure and sustainable low carbon future. The report looks at the implications of […]

Reactions to Miliband’s “scrap Ofgem” pledge

Labour leader Ed Miliband declared over the weekend he wanted to scrap the regulator Ofgem because it isn’t using its powers to make bills lower for consumers. But not many openly agree they are ready to see the regulator go just yet. Although the Energy Networks Association would not comment on whether it agreed with […]