How are technological advances changing the energy industry?

Northern Powergrid is an energy company that distributes electricity to more than 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire, and northern Lincolnshire. In an era of unprecedented technological change in the energy industry, Northern Powergrid is upgrading its system to utilise small-scale renewable energy.  

Winds of change

As we move to a low-carbon economy, new technology and digitisation are driving unprecedented change in the way energy is created and used. As an electricity infrastructure provider, Northern Powergrid is ensuring that its network can safely and securely support these changes, while maintaining high standards of reliability for its customers.

Smart grid

Imagine a world where you can buy electricity generated by your neighbour’s solar panels more cheaply than from your energy company; where you get a discount on power bills for letting your electric car back up the electricity system when it’s not in use; where batteries kick in automatically to keep critical infrastructure and your home running in a power cut. For Northern Powergrid this is the future world of the smart grid.

Model transition

Customers will play an active role as more and more homes and businesses acquire solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles. To adapt to the incorporation of smaller-scale generators and greater customer involvement, the industry is transitioning from a traditional Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) model. Northern Powergrid believes a central part of becoming an effective DSO involves developing a market for local flexibility, giving customers the opportunity to take an active part in the energy system by using their energy resources to support the network, whilst being compensated for their contribution.

This story shows how Northern Powergrid supports Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, specifically Target 9.4: “By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.”

About Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid is an electrical distribution company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England. It distributes electricity to more than 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire, and northern Lincolnshire.


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