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NETWORK / 34 / MARCH 2017 OUTPUT MARCH Outstanding A partnership between Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and the University of Dundee to transform SSEN's customer service has been rated 'outstanding' by Innovate UK. 'Mafia- like' "I do not believe that employees of National Grid and big utilities are in a position to act impartially in the context of the CUSC panel. As anyone who has worked in both a big and a small company will know, there are profound differences in culture, loyalties and thinking. It would be difficult for panel members not to reflect their big company thinking and the votes show this." UK Power Reserve chief executive Tim Emrich on the make-up of the Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC) panel. 49MW Centrica is to build a battery storage facility on the site of the former Roosecote power station in Cumbria. World record HVDC converter transformers have set a new record for 800kV transmission. Download ABB's FFWD newsletter, including updates on major substation works at Connah's Quay and Spittal, from "It is critical for the review of charging to be done holistically, starting with principles, identifying all the changes required, prioritising these, and setting out a timetable for when each issue or batch of issues will be addressed." New and smaller participants in the demand-side response market are struggling to voice their views on the changes necessary to network charging. Discussion at a Power Responsive steering group in January, held by National Grid, pinpointed the 'slow and consultation- heavy' design. £1,000 On National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, 200 employees of SGN raised £1,000 for the charity National Energy Action by entering a quiz about the fuel poverty scheme run by the company. REHAU is to hold a series of District Heating Workshops around the UK and Ireland in 2017, starting in London on 23 March. The free events offer a comprehensive introduction to district heating and feature presentations from industry experts on topics including design and performance, funding and legal, and CIBSE compliance. More in-depth discussions on each topic will be held at late-morning breakout sessions. Confirmed speakers include Nadeem Arshad from Bevan Brittan LLP, Martin Crane from Carbon Alternatives, Marko Cosic from COHEAT, Trevor Whittaker from Aqualor Energi and Dave Pearson from Star Renewable Energy. Each workshop will also feature a talk from a local case study. Steve Richmond, head of marketing and technical for the building solutions division, said: "We had some great feedback from our 2016 District Heating workshops, so it was something we were keen to offer again in 2017. There are lots of people out there that want to know more about District Heating, and our workshops offer them expert advice and information all in one day. The REHAU district heating workshops will be held in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin. Book early to avoid disappointment: email or visit for more information. REHAU DISTRICT HEATING WORKSHOPS

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