About us

We provide energy solutions which optimise existing assets. We integrate new technologies to deliver improved performance and commercial benefits.

About us overview
UK Power Networks Services’ response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 recovery begins, the safety and wellbeing of our employees, the public and our clients remains our top priority.

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Industries

Our clients include some of the highest profile public and private sector organisations with critical infrastructure in complex environments.

Our industries
London City Airport

We finance, own, operate and maintain London City Airport's existing electricity network. Through optimum asset management, maintenance and replacement, we ensure that the airport maintains supply resilience to support its daily operations and help it achieve its sustainability ambitions.

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Solutions

We deliver safe, reliable and innovative bespoke energy solutions enabling our clients to concentrate on their core business.

Our solutions
How can I connect to the electricity network?

As an Independent Connection Provider (ICP), we understand that your new electricity connection needs to be delivered in a safe, reliable and cost effective way.

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Careers

Employing world-class engineers and professionals, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our people to deliver for our clients

Careers
The power of diversity and inclusion

Embracing diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative is critical for any organisation that strives for high performance.

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Navigating the energy transition with strategy

Energy strategy has evolved in the last ten years from being a ‘nice to have’ to being a ‘must have’ - whether the main driver is controlling costs, boosting your energy independence, improving resilience, increasing your social corporate responsibility, meeting policies or investor’s expectations. An energy strategy can be invaluable for your business.

Due to a potential misconception of cost, organisations with a reactive or passive approach to carbon reduction have chosen to make carbon payments, also known as carbon offsetting, to mitigate their carbon impact. However, the cost of carbon offsetting is surging – for example, in London the current £60 per tonne of carbon is expected to rise in 2020 to £95 per tonne – a 60% increase, making an energy strategy based on carbon offsetting payments weak and short term orientated.

A holistic energy strategy is much more than a selection of potential technologies to implement. Problem definition, requirements, context, drivers, budgets, existing assets and processes and data availability are the key initial factors to consider.

Underutilised assets can provide opportunities for quick wins – an empty roof can accommodate solar PV or a vacant room can be used to house battery storage. Simple changes made to optimise existing infrastructure, such as reprogramming poorly managed Building Management Systems or replacing lighting with LEDs can achieve a return on investment in less than two years.

A review of energy procurement and supply contracts may also reveal surprising opportunities for cost savings such as energy aggregation with other organisations, strategies to protect from rising non-commodity costs (taxes, levies and network charges) or the use of a Central Purchasing Body. Other opportunities such as reducing your electrical Available Supply Capacity when not required can reduce costs.

Technical and financial modelling are key to assisting with the decision-making process based on consideration of the whole project lifecycle including decommissioning costs and residual value. Choosing the right commercial model is fundamental to justifying the business case – for example, purchasing low carbon, locally generated energy via a private wire can be a win-win for both the purchaser and generator avoiding rising non-commodity costs such as distribution and transmission charges.

For energy projects or initiatives, the implementation plan or ‘when’ is almost as important as ‘what’ or the ‘why’ to ensure the benefits are realised as anticipated. Technology cost and maturity, market status, revenue streams stability, funds and subsidies are key aspects to consider when defining the best moment to introduce an initiative.

As for the future, uncertainty is out there for sure, but to a great extent it is in our hands to tackle it and it is what we do now that will impact future generations. Ensuring that your organisation has a robust and unbiased energy strategy will set the stage for sustainable growth and ease your journey through the energy transition. At UK Power Networks Services we are ready to stand by your side and help you with this journey.

 

Authored by Pablo Romero, Senior Technology and Innovation Consultant

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