US utilities spending $51bn a year on upgrading distribution networks

Investment in customer meters has also more than doubled over the past decade as companies have upgraded them to smart meters

EU: Energy transmission infrastructure must not interfere with wildlife

A new report says natural habitats must be protected while ensuring a safe, sustainable and affordable energy supply across Europe

Power cable project offered £1m to cut energy waste

Innovate UK has offered a £1 million grant for a project to develop efficient cables to cut costs and reduce emissions from the transmission sector. The new cable technology has been invented by developer Enertechnos, which has been joined by a number of partners including equipment supplier Eland Cables. The project will use the long […]

UKPN customers ‘pay 14% less than average’

UK Power Networks’ (UKPN) customers pay 14% less than the average annual cost for electricity distribution services. That’s the claim from the organisation’s latest annual report, which says it offers excellent value for money and reliability for 8.2 million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England. It suggests its […]

‘Sky’s the limit for power firms using drones’

Applications for drone technology across the global power and utilities industry could be worth up to $9.5 billion (£7.2bn) a year by 2021. That’s the forecast from PwC, which suggests the unmanned aerial vehicles could prove useful in a wide number of roles, for example conducting geospatial surveys, assessing levels of pollution and even using […]

Siemens to modernise Mozambique power line

Siemens is modernising 15 power transformers at the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique. The technology firm is undertaking the work for operator Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), which has tasked it to upgrade transmission links built in the 1970s to transmit electrical power from the hydropower plant over a distance of 1,450 kilometres. The deal […]

Preferred bidder announced for Burbo Bank wind link

Ofgem has appointed a preferred bidder to own and operate transmission links at an offshore wind farm in the UK. The energy regulator has decided Diamond Transmission Partners (DTP) should take on the role at the Burbo Bank Extension facility in the Liverpool Bay for the next 20 years. DTP is a consortium made up […]

US to boost renewables and transmission in Western States

The US Secretary of Interior has announced plans to boost renewables and transmission in the Western States. Sally Jewell’s steps form part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions and create more jobs in clean energy. She signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Governor of California to ensure the Interior Department […]

Scottish wind connections ‘needed to meet demand’ says Grid’s future plan

More wind generation connections in Scotland will lead to an increase in north-to-south transmission demand. The network will need new capacity to transport power across Scotland and much of England to meet demand in the south according to National Grid’s ‘Electricity Ten Year Statement 2015’ published today. The statement, which shows likely future transmission requirements, […]

China awards $300m to boost power grid

ABB has won orders worth more than $300 million (£195m) for technologies to enable two new power transmission lines. They have the capacity to transmit 8,000MW of wind and thermal power from Shanxi to Nanjing and from Jiuquan to Hunan. That’s enough electricity to meet the needs of 26 million consumers. ABB will supply converters, […]