UK network operator SSEN trials smart trading platform

It is expected to unlock new revenue streams for homes, businesses and communities

Manchester-based smart energy startup secures £5.5m

A smart energy startup based in Manchester has secured investment totalling £5.5 million. Upside Energy received the financial support to grow its team and speed up commercialisation and deployment of its cloud-based smart grid platform. Its platform aggregates the energy stored in everyday connected devices, such as batteries and hot water tanks, to create a […]

Northern Powergrid unveils £83m smart grid plan

Northern Powergrid has announced details of an £83 million programme to develop smart grid technologies. The Smart Grid Enablers programme will prepare the North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire economies for the rapid growth of electric vehicles, domestic heat pumps and renewable power. It will involve installing high-bandwidth digital communications links to more than 8,000 substations, […]

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 […]

UK ‘needs smart tech for renewables and inflexible nuclear’

  The UK will need smart technologies to combine variable renewables and inflexible nuclear power plants and balance demand and supply in real time. That’s the view of Goran Strbac, Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Imperial College London, who spoke to ELN at the launch of the Smart Power Industries Alliance in Westminster this […]

MPs, energy sector firms launch smart power alliance

  A group of organisations in the UK energy industry have joined forces to create new markets for smart technologies and hep enable consumers to become generators. The Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA), officially launched in Westminster yesterday, consists of network operators, electricity storage and flexibility providers, renewable trade groups, IT firms, tech bodies and […]

UK Power Networks sets a smarter vision

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has unveiled plans to become a Distributed System Operator (DSO) in its effort to create a smarter and flexible grid. UKPN, currently a Distribution Network Operator (DNO), is responsible for delivering electricity to more than 18 million people in London, East and South East England. Its new vision to becoming a […]

Energy suppliers’ relationship with customers ‘a scandal’

Energy suppliers are among the “worst businesses” in Britain and their relationship with customers is a “scandal”. That’s the view of Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, who spoke at a smart grid event in London yesterday. He said: “It is outrageous that if I want to change electricity suppliers, I can […]

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 […]

Tech firms partner to optimise smart grids

A new partnership between technology firms aims to optimise the performance of smart grids. The strategic collaboration between ABB and IBM aims to use Internet of Things technology to predict supply patterns in electricity generation and demand from historical and weather data. The companies hope this will help utilities optimise the operation and maintenance of […]