Network July/August 2019

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Jonathan Brearley, senior partner, networks, Ofgem Bernard Magee, head of strategy and marketing for power networks, Siemens John Scott, independent consultant Ed Gill, UK head of press & public affairs, Energy Networks Association Louise Kingham OBE, chief executive, Energy Institute (EI) Chris Clarke, energy strategy director, Wales & West Utilities David Richardson, innovation lead for energy systems, Innovate UK Tim Rotheray, director, Association for Decentralised Energy Anthony Bivens, head of networks, BEAMA Sul Alli, director of safety, strategy and support services, UK Power Networks Roger Hey, future networks manager, Western Power Distribution Maxine Frerk, director, Grid Edge Policy Darren Jones technology manager – power grids division, ABB Ben Graff, head of T2 stakeholder engagement - National Grid Ellen Bennett, publishing director, utilities Faversham House EDITORIAL BOARD Peter Jones, technical manager, Energy Research Partnership. THE C ONVERSATION 8 Overcoming challenges faced by SMEs The challenges facing SMEs when it comes to engaging with energy networks are wide and varied. Alec Peachey reports on a roundtable debate hosted in association with the Energy Systems Catapult. 10 Local energy in action Mark Futyan from Centrica provides an update on the company's Local Energy Market (LEM) project. 11 Industry insight – Power Networks Demonstration Centre. JULY/AUGUST ISSUE 34/2019 THE APPLICATION 23 Industry insight – S&C Electric Company. 24 The totex question Has total expenditure (totex) become enshrined in utilities' practices? A special pan-utility roundtable held at Utility Week Live sought to fi nd out. NETWORK / 4 / JULY/AUGUST 2019 14 THE CONVERSATION PUTTING THE FOCUS ON FLEXIBILITY The Energy Institute's incoming president Steve Holliday refl ects on the Energy Barometer 2019 and calls for a renewed and visionary focus on fl exibility. 20 THE APPLICATION KEEPING POWER CUTS TO A MINIMUM As recent events in South America have proven, power cuts can cause widespread disruption, even if they only last a few hours. Network talked to operators in the UK to fi nd out how they are building a resilient grid and tackling the issue. 28 THE FUTURE ACHIEVING THE RIGHT CLIMATE With the government committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to net zero by 2050, networks will be key in the facilitation of decarbonisation. Here, Network puts a special focus on the topic of climate change as part of its Network of the Future campaign. 12 Challenges around RIIO2 Mark Fitch, an energy regulation expert at PA Consulting, asks will Ofgem's RIIO2 decision dampen the network companies' energy for moving to net zero? 15 Industry insight - Megger. 17 Company insight A look back at 25 years of Fundamentals UK. 38 Gas's role in a renewable world Steve Urquhart from Siemens looks at why we still need gas in a renewable world.

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