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Future networks

Neil Mearns Analyst

UK Power Networks announces £12mn flexibility auction Distribution network operator (DNO) UK Power Networks (UKPN) has announced that it plans to hold a £12mn auction to procure flexibility services in the South East and East of England. In a 20 February press release, the DNO said that the £12mn will be spread across 28 locations to “kick-start a new market for energy generators and other energy resources” in order to deliver a stronger and more resilient network which can better manage electricity at peak times. UKPN also announced that it is reducing the minimum capacity threshold from 100kW to 50kW to allow smaller providers to participate in the tender. An auction to bid for up to four contracts to provide flexibility services from winter 2019 onwards will be held in late March. UKPN said companies now have until 12 March to register. UK Power Networks Northern Powergrid reports findings of ‘gamification’ trial On 8 February, Northern Powergrid reported its full findings of a ‘gamification’ trial that saw consumers compete for cash prizes by turning off electrical appliances during peak times. The Activating Community Engagement project reports show gamification will be ‘a powerful tool’ to improve the network for customers. Initial findings, which were reported in July 2018, showed customers cut their electricity consumption by ~11% through using the mobile game developed by Newcastle University and gamification firm GenGame. Innovation Project Manager Andrew Webster said in publicising the full findings: “By making comprehensive findings widely available [&...

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