UK Power Networks named world leader in Smart Grids


UK Power Networks has been ranked number one in the Smart Grid Index. Singapore-based SP Group, which produces the annual Smart Grid Index, placed UK Power Networks top of its study of 85 utilities across 37 countries.

The Smart Grid Index has been running for three years and measures the progress that utilities are making against seven key dimensions: customer satisfaction and environment; green energy; security; monitoring and control; data analytics; supply reliability and Distributed Energy Resources integration.

Previously, UK Power Networks has been ranked first in the UK and Europe since the study began in 2018.

In 2020 the network’s Smart Grid Development Team developed new markets for renewable energy through its flexibility tenders. This autumn it made more than £50 million available for providers to bid for 250MW of flexible energy services across 130 sites in its largest ever open tender.

Barry Hatton, director of asset management at UK Power Networks said: “We’re delighted that our work has been recognised on a global stage in the Smart Grid Index, but we know there’s still a lot to do to transition from a distribution network operator to a distribution system operator.”


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