Major new project to boost grid capacity, cut costs for generators

A major new service aimed at cutting costs for renewables and other generators to connect to the grid across the South East of England has been launched. National Grid and UK Power Networks have joined forces to develop a new framework that allows power generators to connect to the network without requiring costly reinforcements on […]

Thousands hit by power cuts across East of England

Nearly 60,000 homes across the South East and East of England were without power as a result of heavy rain and strong winds last night. UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across the South East, East of England and London, said high winds blew debris and trees onto overhead power lines […]

London’s ‘first’ waste to heat network goes live

An energy from waste heating network, said to be the first in London, was officially launched on Friday. Called the South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP), the £7 million facility in Deptford – operated by Veolia Environment – will be used to provide heating and hot water to 2,500 homes in Bermondsey, Southwark. […]

91% of homes have power restored after major storm

Most of the more than half a million homes left without power following yesterday’s St Jude storm now have their electricity back. Electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks said it has restored power supplies to 91% of its 620,000 customers. According to the company 48,000 properties in the East and 9,600 in the South East are […]

Thousands without power in "major" St Jude storm

Thousands of people are without power across the UK and road and rail routes have been disrupted in the face of “major” Atlantic storm St Jude. High winds overnight caused “extensive damage” to power lines across the East of England and South East, interrupting electricity supplies to about 40,000 customers, said UK Power Networks. As […]

Pylons getting upgrades

The network operator for London and the South East has dished out contracts worth £26million to upgrade some of its power lines. Over the next two years, Carillion, Costain and Electricity Network Solutions will refurbish and rebuild the steel pylons which carry 33,000 volts and 132,000 volts. New fibre optic cables will also be put […]

South East is biggest CO2 emitter

The carbon dioxide emissions of every area in the UK were released yesterday. The annual statistics are for 2008 and mainly detail the emissions attributable to homes, businesses and road transport in each local authority area in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The South East of England was the region that emitted the most […]