National Grid awarded £20m for innovative energy projects

National Grid has been awarded £20 million for innovative energy projects. The operator will use £11 million of the funding, provided by Ofgem, for two projects which will explore lower carbon alternatives to natural gas. It will carry out a green heating project by injecting hydrogen into Keele University’s gas network to cut carbon emissions. […]

UK Power Network “disconnected” to Uni’s biofuel plant

Academics at the University of Greenwich claim UK Power Networks were “disconnected” to a biofuel project. The Medway Campus in Kent installed a glycerol fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant and waited weeks for approval by UK Power Networks (UKPN) to be connected to the grid. The 410 kilowatt-electric (kWe) engine installed in December, […]

Massive battery project welcomed by Climate Change Minister

Energy and Climate Change Minister, Amber Rudd has welcomed the start of a new giant battery energy storage system. Dubbed a “Smarter Network Storage facility” the massive battery will be trialled for two years by UK Power Networks in Leighton Buzzard. It has the capacity to power around 6,000 homes for an hour and a […]

Ofgem probes two electricity network firms over Christmas blackouts

Ofgem has launched an investigation into electricity network companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) over their poor performance during the blackouts caused by storms last Christmas. The watchdog is considering increasing payments to customers who didn’t have access to electricity for an extended period of time during the severe weather. Ofgem said its review […]

London trials new ‘smart’ system for EV charging

A new system to hook up electric vehicles (EVs) with smart grid technologies is to be trialled in London. The five-month project will look at cutting the impact of electric cars on the existing grid infrastructure and overcoming any barriers faced by the EV sector. Electricity distributor UK Power Networks is working with POD Point, […]

Compensation nearly tripled for Christmas power cut

Power has been restored to “all but four” homes in the South and South East of England following the turbulent storm last Monday, according to UK Power Networks. As a “goodwill gesture” the firm said it will nearly triple the compensation payments for being without power for 48-60 hours. Instead of the industry standard of […]

13,000 homes still without power

Around 13,000 households across England and Wales have no access to electricity as a result of strong winds and flooding. Some have been without power since Monday while others since last night due to severe weather. Engineers are however working hard to restore electricity, with almost 25,000 homes reconnected overnight, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) […]

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 […]

Hipsters in Shoreditch getting £2.2m power network upgrade

The flat-cap wearing inhabitants of trendy East London are about to see an influx of new visitors – in hard hats. That’s because UK Power Networks is starting a £2.2 million project to improve the connections between substations in Shoreditch. Engineers will extend a recently built 2.6 km (1.6 miles) tunnel between the East End […]

Waste heat from the tube to be piped into London homes

The sticky heat is one of the most unpleasant parts of a morning commute on the London underground – but that hot air is about to be put to good use. Hundreds of London homes are to be kept warm using the waste heat from the tube. The project is a team effort between Islington […]