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Andrew Urquhart, head of whole system at SSEN Transmission, outlines the response to the company’s earlier paper exploring the case for reforms to transmission network charges to address concerns that their volatility, unpredictability and regional variation are deterring investment in new generation.
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This month saw the Debt Respite Scheme, also known as “breathing space", come into force. The legislation is designed to give customers with problem debt temporary legal protections from creditor action. Jayne Gardner, head of debt recovery at Corclaim, examines how it is likely to affect the utilities sector.
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The arrival of greater distributed energy on the network is good news for the transition to net zero. But it brings with it new issues and challenges for network operators. S&C Electric explore how networks can mitigate a potential increase in fault current levels.
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Flexible Connections were once seen as a key enabler for the cost effective and timely addition of renewable generation to the grid. However, the product has not adapted to address concerns around market access, liabilities and long-term optionality. Smarter Grid Solutions co-founder Alan Gooding looks at what went wrong, and suggests some solutions.
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As utilities move closer towards digitising their services, the need for high quality interconnected data is greatly increased. The supply, maintenance and billing are all centred on address data, so accuracy here is pivotal in linking the different datasets in the drive for efficiency and increased revenue.
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The energy transition is driving transmission and distribution network operators to adopt new methods that facilitate multidirectional power flows. As part of our Countdown to COP series, Prash Desai of Burns & McDonnell discusses the role digital substations will play in that process.
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SSE’s chief executive writes for Utility Week about the company’s new campaign, We Power Change, which aims to shine a light on the SSE employees at the heart of building a better world of energy for tomorrow.
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The UK has announced that it is increasing the ambition of its climate targets – but delivery requires a clear, costed plan setting out how they will be met. Tim Lord, former director of clean growth at BEIS and now at the Tony Blair for Global Change, sets out the challenges facing the government now there are “no more targets”.
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