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Feb 3, 2017 - UK Power Networks and National Grid reach key milestone to boost green energy
UK Power Networks and National Grid to share real-time network information for first time
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Feb 3, 2017 - Trailblazing storage project leads the way to low-carbon future
Smarter Network Storage project proves value of big battery technology
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May 15, 2015 - Smarter Storage Network trial helps shape views on energy storage
An energy storage project by UK Power Networks is set to help shape UK policy on technology issues.
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Mar 4, 2015 - Flexible Plug and Play: Delivering Flexible Connections
We are holding a learning event ‘Flexible Plug and Play: Delivering Flexible Connections’ on Thursday 5th March at the Royal Academy of Engineering, to enable the widespread dissemination of all the outputs and learnings from the recently completed and highly successful Flexible Plug and Play project.
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Jan 23, 2015 - Trials pave the way to save money and help cut the capital’s carbon footprint
Futuristic blueprints to help cut London’s carbon emissions were published today by UK Power Networks, the company which keeps the city’s lights on.
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Jan 22, 2015 - Sharing the insights from Low Carbon London
We will be holding a learning event ‘Sharing the insights from Low Carbon London’ on Monday 9th February at the Royal Academy of Engineering to enable the widespread dissemination of all the outputs and learnings to the DNO community and wider energy industry. If you’d like to know more click here.
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Dec 15, 2014 - Minister welcomes trial of pioneering energy storage project
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP has today welcomed the start of trials at the largest electricity storage facility of its type in Europe.
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Dec 5, 2014 - Innovative electricity project awarded £3.3million
UK Power Networks has been awarded £3.3million towards an IT project to manage demand on the electricity network in East Kent.
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Aug 11, 2014 - Innovation Funding Incentive Report
We’ve published our annual Innovation Funding Incentive report
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Jul 4, 2014 - Low carbon project of the year
A carbon-busting scheme to connect renewable generation schemes to the electricity network faster and cheaper has won a prestigious award.
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Feb 25, 2014 - Finding smart ways to prepare the electricity network for electric vehicle charging
A smart new system for charging electric vehicles is being tested in London to help get the electricity network ready for widespread use of electric vehicles.
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Dec 16, 2013 - Multi-million pound electricity trial begins to support tenants in fuel poverty
A £5.49 million energy project is set to begin in London's Tower Hamlets next month to support tenants living in fuel poverty in the borough, following a successful bid by UK Power Networks.
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Nov 29, 2013 - £9.8m boost for pioneering electricity projects
UK Power Networks wins £9.8m Ofgem from the Low Carbon Networks Fund
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Nov 12, 2013 - National summit on smart grids
The third national summit on smart grids is taking place this week in Sussex.
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Oct 25, 2013 - Innovation website goes live
An innovation zone has gone live on UK Power Networks’ website focusing on projects that will help prepare Britain for smart grids.
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Aug 6, 2013 - EV charge points installed at London Underground car parks
UK Power Networks has recently completed the installation of 60 Electric Vehicle (EV) charge posts at 12 London Underground (LU) car parks across the capital.
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Jul 30, 2013 - Double delight for pioneering electricity scheme.
Two electricity generation customers have signed up for the innovative “interruptible” connections offered by UK Power Networks as part of the Flexible Plug and Play project.
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Jul 3, 2013 - Pioneering energy storage project gets the green light at trial site
Plans for a cutting-edge electricity storage facility at Leighton Buzzard have been granted planning permission, and could pave the way for others across the UK.
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Jun 10, 2013 - Sharing the latest energy innovations.
UK Power Networks will be sharing news of innovative technologies which it has designed with fellow experts from around the world at a conference in Sweden this week.
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Jun 5, 2013 - Pioneers spread the electricity word
Experts from UK Power Networks have hosted a seminar for the electricity distribution and telecoms industries about some of the lessons learned in getting the power network ready for future needs.
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May 22, 2013 - UK Power Networks launches a new telecommunications platform using IEC 61850
UK Power Networks launches a new telecommunications platform using IEC 61850 UK Power Networks is trialling a new telecommunications platform as part the Second Tier Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) innovation project Flexible Plug and Play (FPP).
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May 22, 2013 - New smart technology enables more distrubuted generation.
UK Power Networks is trialling a new telecommunications platform as part the Second Tier Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) innovation project Flexible Plug and Play (FPP).
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Mar 20, 2013 - Helping Britain build a green economy
Helping Britain build a green economy UK Power Networks has shared its plans to help Britain build a green economy.
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Feb 13, 2013 - Groundbreaking smart grid trial targets customers
More than 1,100 EDF Energy customers with smart meters are being given day- ahead price alerts to encourage them to shift electricity use to windy days.
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Feb 13, 2013 - EDF asks would you do the washing when the wind is blowing?
Energy companies' plans to offer flexible smart grid-enabled energy tariffs that provide cheaper power when there is abundant renewable energy available are to take a big step forward with the launch of a new pilot scheme.
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Feb 12, 2013 - First British trial of day-ahead electricity prices
A unique trial is under way to test if day-ahead electricity price alerts can make better use of wind power on blustery days.
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Dec 11, 2012 - UK Power Networks named Utility of the Year in double win
UK Power Networks, the company which delivers power across London, the East of England and the South East, was named Utility of the Year in a double win at a glittering event last night.
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Dec 11, 2012 - UK Power Networks named Utility of the Year in double win
UK Power Networks, the company which delivers power across London, the East of England and the South East, was named Utility of the Year in a double win at a glittering event last night (December 10).
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Nov 23, 2012 - £13.2m for Smarter Network Storage project
UK Power Networks has been awarded £13.2 million of funding from Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCN Fund) for its Smarter Network Storage project.
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Nov 23, 2012 - London smart meter trial begins
Companies mentioned: Ofgem Low Carbon Network Fund, EDF, UK Power Networks, Korea Telecom, On-Ramp Wireless, Fountain Springs, ABB, Powercorp, GE, and BT
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Nov 16, 2012 - Archway smart meter trial launched
Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Archway’s Low Carbon Zone as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.
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Nov 16, 2012 - London smart meter trial launched
Five thousand smart meters are being installed in homes and businesses across London as innovative smart meter trials begin.
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Nov 16, 2012 - Lewisham smart meter trial launched
Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Perry Vale’s RE:NEW area and Lewisham’s Low Carbon Zone as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.
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Nov 16, 2012 - UK Power Network features on fleetnews.co.uk
UK Power Network features on fleetnews.co.uk.
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Nov 16, 2012 - Electric vehicles join UK Power Networks fleet
UK Power Networks has bought three new Peugeot iOns to join its extensive fleet of cars and vans which are regularly seen on the roads across London, the South East and the East of England en route to power cuts, upgrades or new connections projects.
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Nov 9, 2012 - Schools glimpse tomorrow’s powerful world
UK Power Networks, Britain’s largest electricity distributor, will be among more than a dozen key employers bringing interactive challenges to 300 12 to 14-year-old pupils from 30 schools across the South East at the University of Surrey’s sports centre in Guildford on Wednesday (14).
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Oct 26, 2012 - Free charging points to support EV research
Free Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points are available in London for residents and businesses participating in trials to understand the impact of EV use on the electricity network.
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Oct 25, 2012 - Electric vehicles now able to roam between London and eastern England
Easier access to around 940 charge points throughout London and Eastern England
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Oct 22, 2012 - Future of Britain’s power networks
UK Power Networks will be among the companies sharing information at the second annual Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) conference at the Wales Millennium Centre on Thursday and Friday. The LCNF conference is run by Energy Networks Association on behalf of Ofgem.
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Oct 19, 2012 - Green reasons to be cheerful
Outside the Westminster bubble, the green economy is starting to motor
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Oct 16, 2012 - UK Power Networks will pay ExCel centre to use less energy
The ExCel centre will be paid to take less electricity off the network at times of peak demand in a new trial with UK Power Networks.
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Oct 15, 2012 - Electricity companies test demand response to reward customers
Along with EDF and EnerNOC, Flexitricity, announced last week that it is working with UK Power Networks on a series of demand response trials, called Low Carbon London (LCL), with big businesses in the capital, beginning with the ExCeL conference centre.
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Oct 14, 2012 - Smart grids set to save millions
Smart grid technologies should save £135million on the cost of distributing electricity in London, the South East and East of England from 2015 to 2023.
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Oct 12, 2012 - Contracts to reduce London’s peak demand
UK Power Networks is trialling ground-breaking contracts which encourage industrial and commercial customers to help reduce electricity demand on its networks at peak times when called upon to do so, in return for payments
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Oct 10, 2012 - Smart city researchers eye recruits for trials
London’s electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, is enlisting recruits for the Low Carbon London trials at the Energy Solutions exhibition at Olympia.
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Jul 24, 2012 - Grant to tackle future energy challenges
A PROJECT led by technology innovation firm the Advanced Digital Institute to explore the development of the “next generation” of virtual power plants has won £100,000-worth of funding.
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Jul 20, 2012 - 5,000th customer joins smart meter trial
An important milestone was reached this week when the 5,000th customer joined the pioneering Low Carbon London smart meter trials.
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Jun 26, 2012 - Smart Grid revolution is hot topic in London
Smart Grid revolution is hot topic in London
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May 30, 2012 - UK Power Networks and PassivSystems win grant for home demand response trial
An innovative project controlling domestic use of electricity to manage peak demands has won a grant.
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Apr 25, 2012 - UK project points way to faster, cheaper wind integration.
An innovative demonstration project in England is pioneering several concepts that could make wind easier, faster and cheaper to attach to the grid.
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Apr 13, 2012 - Invitation to electric vehicle owners
London’s electric vehicle community is being invited to join the Low Carbon London trials.
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Apr 5, 2012 - Hendry: “Consumer benefit is at the heart of the Government’s smart meter programme”
Consumer benefit is at the heart of the Government’s smart meter programme
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Feb 24, 2012 - Low Carbon London and EDF Energy share initial smart meter findings
Smart Meter pilot learning event
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Feb 21, 2012 - Website will open a window on a greener energy future
Would you like to know what you can do to better manage your energy consumption? Would you like to be actively involved in shaping a sustainable low carbon future for London and Great Britain?
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Dec 9, 2011 - Smart grid project planned for Cambridgeshire, UK
A 700 km2 smart grid project is planned for Cambridgeshire, UK, by UK Power Networks.
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Dec 5, 2011 - Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks provide telecommunications network to support growth in onshore wind development
Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks today announced that they have been selected by UK Power Networks as telecommunications partners for its forthcoming Flexible Plug and Play (FPP) Low Carbon Networks project.
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Dec 5, 2011 - Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks partner to support UK Power Networks
Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks have announced that they have been selected by UK Power Networks as telecommunications partners for its forthcoming Flexible Plug and Play (FPP) Low Carbon Networks project.
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Dec 2, 2011 - Onshore wind development: £9.7m smart grid system.
The Flexible Plug and Play (FPP) project will develop a smart grid system in an area of 700km2 between Peterborough and the towns March and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.
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Dec 2, 2011 - Cable & Wireless and Silver Spring land UK Power Networks smart grid deal
Cable & Wireless and Silver Spring Networks have won a contract with UK Power Networks to do the communications side of its east Anglia smart grid project.
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Dec 2, 2011 - Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks provide telecommunications network to support growth in onshore wind development.
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Dec 1, 2011 - Innovative Project Wins Major Funding award.
A UK Power Networks project which aims to enable cheaper and faster integration of renewable generation such as wind power, into the electricity distribution network has today been awarded £6.7 million of funding in a competitive bid process run by Ofgem
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Nov 30, 2011 - £57 million funding for smart grid projects in UK.
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Nov 29, 2011 - UK energy regulator Ofgem awards £57 million to six smart grid projects.
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Nov 29, 2011 - Renewable energy project in Fenland gets funding.
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Nov 27, 2011 - Innovative project wins major funding award.
A UK Power Networks project which aims to enable cheaper and faster integration of renewable generation such as wind power, into the electricity distribution network has today been awarded £6.7 million of funding in a competitive bid process run by Ofgem
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Nov 17, 2011 - A new Low Carbon London website has been launched by UK Power Networks to help companies better manage their energy consumption.
A new Low Carbon London website has been launched by UK Power Networks to help companies better manage their energy consumption.
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Nov 17, 2011 - Low Carbon London initiative to help companies cut emissions- UK Power Networks website offers guidance on managing energy consumption
UK Power Networks website offers guidance on managing energy consumption
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Nov 16, 2011 - Barking smart meter trial launched
Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Barking’s Low Carbon Zone as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.
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Nov 16, 2011 - Canning Town smart meter trial launched
Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Canning Town ’s Green Enterprise District as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.
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Nov 16, 2011 - Peckham smart meter trial launched
Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Peckham’s Low Carbon Zone as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.
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Oct 5, 2011 - New learning lab helping London move towards low carbon future

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Sep 27, 2011 - Mayor helps homes across nine more boroughs get energy efficient and save cash
Mayor helps homes across nine more boroughs get energy efficient and save cash
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Aug 4, 2011 - Mayor helps Londoners beat energy price hikes
London's largest programme to make homes energy efficient could save £100s off annual fuel bills. RE:NEW programme key to Mayor's plan to 'retrofit' London on an unprecedented scale
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Jun 1, 2011 - Making London's public sector buildings more energy efficient
We want London’s public sector buildings to be as energy efficient as possible
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May 26, 2011 - Electric vehicles for London
Helping Londoners go electric with Source London
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May 26, 2011 - Mayor switches on new electric vehicle scheme ‘Source London’
The Mayor, Boris Johnson, today launched the capital's first city-wide electric charge point network and membership scheme, making it easier for electric vehicle owners to plug in whilst on the move.
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May 2, 2011 - Taking bold steps to realise the vision of a greener London
The Mayor has a clear vision of London being recognised as a world leader in improving the environment locally and globally. He is focusing on realising this vision through big, bold programmes for improvement and an ongoing determination to encourage everyone to get involved and work together.
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Apr 1, 2011 - Making the most of the low carbon opportunity
We want London to be the low carbon capital that leads the way and makes the most of the global low carbon economy.
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Mar 9, 2011 - Smarter Grid Solutions technology to Low Carbon London project
Smarter Grid Solutions’ grid management technologies will be used as part of the Low Carbon London project with UK Power Networks.
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Mar 7, 2011 - Smarter Grid Solutions to supply London low-carbon project
A small Glasgow technology firm has been recruited to play an important part in the drive to help clean up the sprawling metropolis of London. Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has won a £2.9 million contract to supply the software that it developed to help link wind farms and electric cars with the national grid for use in the city.
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Feb 1, 2011 - Developing low carbon zones to help cut local emissions
“These energy busting zones will create an armada of flagships across London, focused on finding the most effective ways to rapidly cut carbon and slash energy bills.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
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Nov 28, 2010 - Low Carbon London wins award
UK Power Networks today celebrated news that its Low Carbon London bid has been awarded £24.26million by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund.
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Aug 1, 2010 - UK Power Networks project wins award
UK Power Networks today celebrated news that its Low Carbon London bid has been awarded £24.26million by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund.
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