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 […]

EU approves joint venture for smart grid expansion

The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture focused on smart grid expansion. Siemens and Allgäuer Überlandwerk’s (AÜW) new company will operate under the name of egrid applications & consulting (egrid). It is currently solely controlled by the latter firm but Siemens is expected to get a 49% share. The joint venture […]

US awards $202m for rural power projects

The US Government is providing $202 million (£164m) for projects that deliver electricity to rural residents, business and institutions in nine states. Around $14.7 million (£12m) will be used for smart grid technologies, including metering, substation automation and computer applications. That would be installed in all nine states – Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, […]

European firms make smart decision on new joint venture

A new joint venture aims to commercially implement the results of two smart grid technology research projects. The ‘egrid’ collaboration between Siemens and Allgäuer Überlandwerk GmbH (AÜW), will build upon the findings from the IRENE and IREN2 programmes. These schemes looked into balancing generation and consumption by examining new grid structures and optimising distributed energy systems in Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian village where the amount […]