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An overview of Britain’s changing energy sector – what you need to know

Looking for a no-nonsense guide to Britain’s changing energy sector? Well, here it is! Complete with simplified explanations and forward-looking views, this special IET Energy report sets out the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. The information and insights provided will be of particular interest to consumers and to engineers across all sectors.


Preparing the Power System for 2030

The demands on the energy system are increasing, driven by changes in our consumption and usage. The Future Power System Architecture project is, with the support of several key organisations from across the energy sector, working to understand how the system should move forward to meet these changes in demand by 2030. Eric Brown, the Head of Innovation at the Energy Systems Catapult, provides a brief overview of the next stages of the programme.

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FPSA2: addressing the needs of current and future users of the energy system

FPSA2 is working to understand how to align Britain's electricity system to the needs of future users and low carbon technologies, ensuring both operational capability and improved agility to respond to ongoing change, while keeping costs down.

Understanding and addressing the needs of users of the energy system is vital. Engaging with both current and future users is a key aim of FPSA2, as is understanding how future technology may have benefits and disadvantages for the system. Mike Kay looks at how this is being delivered.

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Future Power System Architecture project

The Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) project is an ambitious effort involving dozens of industry professionals, academics, policymakers and stakeholders to assess the challenges to be faced in the electricity system by 2030 and to identify new functionality required.

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Future Power System Architect - Report Launch Event - Videos, Images and Presentation Materials

On Wednesday 20th July 2016 we welcomed almost 150 guests to the launch of the Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) report at IET, Savoy Place, London.

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Energy Systems Catapult Launch, FPSA update and IET Collaboration Agreement Signing

Nearly 300 guests joined us on 9th May 2016 for a packed agenda of talks, presentations and discussion at IET, Savoy Place, London. Connections were made, relationships forged and ideas shared.


Utility Week: Electricity & Heat

IET.TV and the IET Energy Sector have teamed up with Utility Week to share key conference sessions from UW Live 2016, covering current topics in Electricity, Heat, Water and Gas.

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2016 - Energy Reports

There is a lot going on in the Energy sector at the moment. So just in case you missed what is going on, we thought it might be helpful to share some selected reports with you for your information and reference. They form part of the Energy Sector Executive ‘Whole Systems’ analysis, presently underway.

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Main report and Commissioned Papers Summary

The IET were commissioned by the Council for Science and Technology (CST) “Energy Sub-Group” to conduct a research study and produce a report on the emerging challenges for modelling electricity systems and how Britain’s capabilities would need to be adapted to assess electricity system resilience as GB makes the transition to a low carbon electricity system.



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Modelling Capability Reports

The academic and industry papers on this page provide evidence to support the evaluation conducted on the GB Power System Modelling Capability. These papers are part three of a wider piece of work. View the summary report of the papers and the main report here.



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Smart grid project informs electricity industry standards update

A leading UK smart grid project, the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) has published important new learning that could help inform and update UK electricity industry network planning standards. The project aims to kick-start the radical change electricity networks need to make the low-carbon energy sector a reality.



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Cyber Security in Modern Power Systems – IET Conference 19th May 2015 Manchester

The IET’s conference on Cyber in Power Systems was a resounding success, bringing together key thought leaders in Cyber Security with industry specialists focused on providing resilient power systems for today and the future.



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IET debate tackles heat and rallies support for action

Find out more about tackling the key technological, economic, political and consumer issues around the future challenge of decarbonising heat in the UK.




The future of urban heat debate

How can we supply heat to towns and cities in smarter, efficient and cost-effective ways whilst reducing our dependency on fossil fuels? This page captures the latest details and information around these topics. If you have an interest, expertise or particular point of view on heat, cooling and power and or would like to get involved please contact Alan Howard.



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Power Network Joint Vision

The IET Power Network Joint Vision (PNJV) expert group was formed in November 2012 to help ensure our national electricity networks are ready to meet the significant challenges of low carbon generation technologies and new requirements such as electric vehicle charging, wind and solar generation, and heat pumps in homes.



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London Olympics delivery success: the lessons for nuclear

What did the nuclear industry learn from the London Olympics delivery with respect to the key areas of Commercial, Project Control and Delivery?



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Innovations Award 2012, Energy - Insulating Cross-arm for transmission towers: Arago Technology Ltd

The Arago team's primary advancement was to develop an insulating cross-arm to retro-fit onto existing transmission towers. In this case, the insulating cross-arm allows electricity network operators to increase the operating current/voltage levels with a net upgrade of transmission capacity of up to 150%. Subsequent development has< shown the technology to be equally beneficial when applied to new lines as the cross-arm dra