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NETWORK / 3 / MARCH 2017 T H E G R I D MARCH 3.7GW Flexible connections, active management, consortiums and enforcing progression milestones has enabled DNOs to make 3.7GW of connection offers. MARTIN DEEHAN, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, ENW MORE ON PAGE 16 EDITORIAL Editor Lucinda Dann, t: 01342 332083, e: Utilities content director Ellen Bennett, t: 01342 332084, e: Production controller Sharon Miller, t: 01342 332054 Business development manager Helen Smith, t: 01342 332109 e: Business development director Ed Roberts, t: 01342 332067, e: Membership manager Peter Bissell, t: 01342 332057, e: Brand marketing manager, utilities Ben Parker, t: 01342 332103, e: Publisher and chief executive Amanda Barnes, e: General enquiries 01342 332000 Printed by Buxton Press Palace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AE Published by Faversham House Ltd, Windsor Court, Wood Street, East Grinstead, RH19 1UZ NETWORKS.ONLINE EV lights UKPN has teamed up with Ubitricity to trial a trio of EV- charging streetlights in Kensington and Chelsea. Network is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK's magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors' Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint, please contact the editor. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors' Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit' NEXT GENERATION During this year's National Apprenticeship Week, from 6-10 March, DNOs announced they were seeking the next wave of recruits. Wales & West Utilities is looking for 23 new recruits, Northern Powergrid needs 30, and Electricity North West is on the lookout for 37 more people to join the company. Oil regeneration ENW says improvements to its transformer oil recycling process will save £32 million over the next six years. "We have plans for RIIO ED1, but as things change we realign our investment programme. We then divert money to make sure that we can make investment in sites like [Lancaster substation], and Carlisle. It's not ideal, but we have got to make sure that we protect the assets so we can give a reliable supply to our customers." "We face an ageing workforce, increasing competition for talent with unemployment reaching its lowest recorded levels, and a lack of profi cient skills leading to over a third of vacancies being hard to fi ll." Tony Cocker, chair of Energy & Utility Skills, on the skills and workforce renewal strategy 9% In the fi rst year of RIIO, DNOs spent £3.2 billion on network management, 9% less than the allowance. £21.5m National Grid's award from Ofgem in the mid-point review for system operation.

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