UK Power Networks pledges to open up connections

27 May 2011: London electricity distribution operator, UK Power Networks, has pledged to open up its regions to independent connections providers, signing a joint action plan with 16 independent connections firms outlining its plans to improve connections competition.

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London project competing into Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund

24 May 2011: Ofgem announces that six innovative projects are eligible to compete for a share of £64 million, in the second year of the £500 million Low Carbon Networks Fund. Included is a London-based project by local distribution operator, UK Power Networks. The ‘Flexible Plug and Play‘ project will explore how to convert an existing network to connect more renewable generation.

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Design a Pylon!

23 May 2011: Don’t like London’s pylon’s? DECC have announced today a competition to help design a new generation of pylons. As the press release states “As well as exploring the design of the pylon itself, the competition aims to explore the relationship between energy infrastructure and the environment within which it needs to be located.” The competition closes on 12 July – further details on DECC’s website here. If you want some design ideas have a look at the Pylon Appreciation Society’s website!

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