German and Chinese firms team up for EV charging

Hubject and Star Charge aim to build an international network of more than 100,000 charging points

Nearly 500 homes get free gas grid connection

Cadent and Affordable Warmth Solutions are working to connect Bracknell residents to a new gas network

UKPN to adopt a ‘flexibility first’ network approach

The distribution network operator estimates its market for flexibility could be over 200MW by 2023

SSEN outlines principles for DSO transition

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has published how it will transition from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO). The company has also launched a consultation regarding the move, intended to gather opinions on the best path of action and identify barriers to be overcome. It aims to remove such […]

UK’s network operators could save £1.7bn by 2031

The UK’s electricity network companies could deliver £1.7 billion of potential savings by 2031. That’s the verdict from the Energy Networks Association, which has outlined how innovative projects by local electricity Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) could deliver major savings by ensuring networks evolve to new demands in the most cost-efficient way possible. It says this […]

District heat network in Leeds secures £4.2m

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has approved almost £4.2 million to improve the Leeds District Heat Network. The £21.6 million Leeds District Heat Network scheme involves the construction of 4.5 kilometres of insulated underground pipework, connecting the city’s recycling and energy recovery facility. Heat generated at the plant will be piped directly into resident’s homes, helping […]

UK energy networks publish collaboration plans

The UK’s energy network companies have published plans for their first joint innovation strategies. The Energy Networks Association (ENA) aims to create opportunities for the UK to benefit from new energy technologies through both the Gas Network Innovation Strategy and Electricity Network Innovation Strategy. Each strategy sets out how network companies can ensure value for […]

Europe’s EV infrastructure boosted by new alliance

Five electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging station networks have joined forces. The Open Fast Charging Alliance (OFCA) aims to enable seamless, long-range travel in a battery-powered car across Europe. It hopes to achieve this by allowing members of any of the firms involved to top-up their vehicles at any of the other companies’ charge points. This is known as bilateral roaming […]

Romania lent €22m for greener buses

A London-based bank has offered a €22 million (£18.9m) loan to upgrade buses in a Romanian city. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) money will pay for a network of low emission buses, with the aim of curbing pollution and improving infrastructure in Constanta, home to the Black Sea’s largest port. They will […]

Power distributor invests £130m following storm

An electricity distribution network operator has spent £130 million making the grid more resilient following Storm Desmond. Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the storm, which saw power failures across Northern England. More than 50,000 households and businesses were left without power when distributor substations, including those of Electricity North West (ENW), were flooded and power lines were torn down […]