Active Network Management (ANM)

Active Network Management (ANM) is a system that allows network operators to control and alter the output of generators connected to their network. An ANM system generally consists of three pieces of hardware: a central ‘brain’ that sits in the network operators control room and has the ability to send instructions to generators to changeContinue reading “Active Network Management (ANM)”

DSO Flexibility Tenders

As covered in a previous blog (LINK), Distribution Network Operators (DNO) are evolving into Distribution System Operators (DSO). The most prominent part of this transition is the publication of Flexibility Tenders by the DSO’s. In 2018, Distribution companies made a commitment to consider flexibility services as an alternative to installing new/improving existing network infrastructure[1]. SinceContinue reading “DSO Flexibility Tenders”

Networks – Electricity Distribution Network

Overview There are two different levels of network in the UK: Transmission; and Distribution. While large scale generation tend to be connected to the Transmission network (see previous blog LINK), smaller scale generation is connected to the Distribution network. The Distribution network operates at lower voltages compared to the Transmission network with voltages reduced byContinue reading “Networks – Electricity Distribution Network”

Networks – Electricity Transmission Network

Overview Network operators are those who own and maintain the infrastructure that allows the electricity produced by generators to be transferred across the country to households/factories etc. There are two different levels of network in the UK: Transmission; and Distribution (LINK). The Transmission Network transports electricity across the entire length of the country. Large scaleContinue reading “Networks – Electricity Transmission Network”

What happens when the lights go out?

Imagine being at home, TV on, kettle on, just about to sit and watch your favourite programme after a long hard day. And then the lights go out. WTF is going on? Chances are you won’t be the only one saying that. Short-term blackouts can occur, usually because of a localised issue at a nearbyContinue reading “What happens when the lights go out?”