‘Groundbreaking’ research to test EV charging with wireless technology under road surfaces

Small wireless chargers will be installed beneath the tarmac of the road and will ‘communicate’ with technology installed in EVs

New tech to reduce costs of rapid charger installations by £33.3m

Western Power Distribution is investing more than £1m to design, test and trial new technology to deliver the electricity capacity required for rapid EV chargers at service stations

Western Power Distribution and Anesco sign Demand Side Management Agreement

The deal is thought to be among of the first of its kind signed in the UK

Western Power Distribution adopts smart grid software

The utility giant has signed a new enterprise licence with Smarter Grid Solutions

Western Power Distribution unveils demand side trial

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced a new demand side response (DSR) trial aimed at helping business customers generate income through existing assets. Flexible Power targets half-hourly metered customers that can reduce their power usage or increase their onsite generation in response to an automated signal when demand is high. Funded by Ofgem, the three-year […]

Milton Keynes locals save £1k by cutting back peak energy

Residents in a Milton Keynes village have saved £1,000 by cutting back their energy use at peak times. The community at Loughton, Buckinghamshire is taking part in the ‘Less is More’ project. It’s run by Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the area with funding from Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund. WPD’s Steve […]

Our power lines can be run smarter to save cash

Power lines and electricity substations could be run smarter to save energy, carbon and cash, according to the results of a massive project to map energy use patterns. Western Power Distribution which runs the local networks for 7.8 million people in the Midlands, South West and Wales, said it has undertaken Europe’s largest monitoring project […]

7,400 homes still without power in south west England

Strong winds and heavy rain left thousands of homes without power in Britain last night. At least 7,400 households still have no access to electricity in south west England, Western Power Distribution said, as gales and downpours caused havoc, bringing down power lines and trees. The company has deployed extra engineers and staff from south […]

Ofgem orders energy distribution firms to trim costs

Ofgem has ordered five of the six companies that own and operate Britain’s local electricity network to trim down costs for consumers. Today the energy watchdog sent back proposals to cut bills from the firms, saying they “did not sufficiently demonstrate value for consumers”. Customers have to rely on regulation from Ofgem to limit charges […]

Hitachi expands smart grid trial

Japanese technology firm Hitachi is expanding trials of its smart grid technology in South West England and South Wales. The series of field tests are looking at how to link renewable sources of electricity into local distribution networks more simply and cheaply. UK firm Western Power Distribution (WPD) which is running the tests is using […]