Smartphone app in the US shows power info

An energy company in the United States has brought out a free interactive iPhone application for customers to report and check up on power outages. DTE Energy said they wanted to make it convenient for customers to see up-to-the-minute information from their mobile phones. An equivalent app in the UK, called the Power Cut Checker, […]

Central Networks sold to US energy giant for £4bn

The UK’s second largest electricity distributor, Central Networks, which runs the regional grid in the Midlands, is being sold to an American company for £4bn. Central Networks is owned by energy giant E.ON, which expects to tie up the sale to PPL Corp by the end of next month. Once completed, it will make PPL, […]

Helicopter patrols to inspect electricity substations

Electricity distribution company Central Networks will begin helicopter patrols this week to inspect some of its 750 primary substations across the Midlands. A helicopter fitted with thermal imaging equipment will be used to spot potential hazards and identify where future work may be needed in electricity substations across the region. The specialist cameras show a […]

Vandals behind electricity substation blast

Electricity supply company Central Networks has revealed that its investigators believe vandals were to blame for an explosion at a Nottingham substation that caused thousands of pounds of damage and the loss of supply to over 1,000 customers. Some local people had to be evacuated after the explosion at the substation in Papplewick, near Hucknall, […]

Bright sparks bag £62m Ofgem funding

Ofgem has handed out the first payments from its £500m Low Carbon Networks Fund. Four projects will share £62m to get their initiatives from the drawing board to the marketplace. The four funding winners are CE Electric, UK Power Networks, Central Networks and Western Power Distribution. Ofgem and an independent panel of energy experts felt […]

Helicopters used for electricity inspections

Central Networks, the electricity distribution company for central England, is to inspect its power lines by helicopter. The company is this month carrying out a series of fly-by inspections of overhead lines across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Central Networks director of infrastructure services Jim O’Sullivan said: “Our engineers will be inspecting thousands of electricity poles and […]

Eleven projects compete for slice of £64m funding

Ofgem has revealed 11 projects that are eligible to compete for a share of the annual £64m of funding from the £500m Low Carbon Networks Fund. The Low Carbon Networks Fund was set up by Ofgem as part of the 2010-2015 electricity distribution price control. It will encourage Britain’s electricity distribution network owners (DNOs) to […]