During the second quarter of my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st December 2014 to the 28th February 2015) I have continued my placement with UK Power Networks based predominantly in the Engineering Standards and Assurance Team. My work during this period, which was multifaceted, included:

  • Developing an “Asset Management Manual,” which outlines how UK Power Networks manage their assets and how their systems and process are consistent with the requirements of ISO55000. This document will play a key role in UK Power Networks’ transition to and accreditation with ISO55000.
  • Documenting the Distribution Transformer model utilised in the Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool.
  • Undertaking a short placement with the Strategy and Regulation team where I was responsible for analysing and benchmarking DPCR5 and RIIO-ED1 plans across the UK’s 14 distribution license areas.

Through this experience I have continued to learn about optimising expenditure in asset management, particularly through my experience with the Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool. In addition, my experience with the Strategy and Regulation team highlighted the role of the regulator (Ofgem) in incentivising DNOs to improve efficiency and reduce cost.

My second quarterly report (PDF 1.4MB  here) provides an overview of the RIIO model’s output measures and incentives, highlighting challenges they pose for DNOs and how similar mechanisms may be utilised by the Australian Energy Regulator.

It also details my work on the “Asset Management Manual” and Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.


Please find attached my first quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 5th September 2011 to 5th December 2011 during my employment with UK Power Networks.

During the initial three months of my placement with UK Power Networks, I have been a part of the Low Carbon London Programme, working as a Trial Design Engineer in the Solution Design Authority team.

The Low Carbon London programme is a UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (OFGEM) Low Carbon Network Fund supported demonstration programme focussed on the effect the transition to a low carbon economy will have on distribution networks. The programme is made up of a partnership of 13 companies, with UK Power Networks being the lead partner.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included the design of Electric Vehicle, Small Scale Embedded Generation, Network, and Residential Smart Meter trials, and the development of programme scope mapping to trials for a dependency management tool.

 I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties, regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter.

 Kind regards,

 Donald McPhail


Upon my return from my ES Cornwall Scholarship, I was asked to provide some lectures on my experiences (this is part of the condition of the scholarship).

Here’s a copy of this Final Presentation (PDF) for your perusal.

This presentation touches on my experiences at OFGEM and EA Technology (both in the UK) and at Landis + Gyr (in France) where I investigated future distribution networks.

I also provide some notes on:
1) Highlights on my experiences; and
2) Some closing thoughts.

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