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

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UK Power Networks Services’ response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and restrictions remain across the UK in response to the rise in COVID-19 case numbers, 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
How far will electricity take us?

Seismic changes are taking place in the energy supply industry. Some are obvious, like the EV charging points that are popping up around cities and some perhaps that are less so. More and more, UK Power Networks Services has been working with transportation clients to help them take advantage of new technologies and the energy transition, in particular, the decentralisation of energy networks. Head of Markets, Philip Heathcote examines the fundamental changes in the energy supply industry and the impact they are having upon transport.

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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

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National Apprenticeship Week 2021: Meet power apprentice Josh Pavey

9 February 2021: To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, power apprentice Josh Pavey, 20, from Basingstoke, describes his role with UK Power Networks Services, learning the skills that keep power supplies flowing to essential electricity infrastructure.

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New technology to help airport operations during Covid-19

22 July 2020: Power experts are testing innovative technologies that could be adopted by UK airports, to help electricity engineers work remotely rather than on site.

UK Power Networks Services will investigate the creation of remote offsite access for the control and monitoring of Heathrow Airport’s electricity distribution network that meets the airport’s high level security requirements and allows staff to control the electricity network when access to the airport is restricted.

Funding for the project was awarded by Innovate UK in response to Heathrow Airport’s need for social distancing measures, while ensuring power supplies remain safe and reliable.

‘Mixed reality’ technologies will be assessed including the use of geo-fencing, a cyber perimeter that ensures the network remains highly secure in the virtual world. Biometric scanning such as facial recognition will also be tested to provide further checks of authentication and authorisation, in addition to conventional technologies.

Heathrow currently operates a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system which allows engineers to operate and monitor the airport’s electricity supplies. The project will assess opportunities to enhance its capacity to be operated remotely, such as from an office outside the airport environment or even from home. It will also investigate the potential to roll out the technology to other airports across the UK and large infrastructure projects.

As well as enabling staff to control the electricity network remotely, so minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace, additional benefits include the reduction of energy losses and costs, as sections of the network can be monitored and switched off remotely when required, and a reduced carbon footprint as airport staff don’t need to travel to, and around the airport so often.

Steven Muscat, head of engineering at UK Power Networks Services said: “We believe this study will provide both UK Power Networks Services and Heathrow Airport with some insight into what a smarter remote operating system of the electricity networks might look like. Large industrial operators across the UK will also be keen to understand how to maintain the integrity of their electricity network to the highest standard while operating in an environment that is constrained due to COVID-19 distancing measures.”

The project aims to set out a vision not only airports, but for other critical operations such as food processing sites and water treatment plants, to safely maintain a secure and reliable electricity network during social distancing.

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