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Ofgem has confirmed its intention to expose distributed generators with a capacity of less than 100MW to wider transmission network charges. The regulator announced the change as part of the minded-to decision for its significant code review looking at forward-looking charges and grid access arrangements.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have launched a new study looking at how customers respond to price signals when using electric vehicles, heat pumps and batteries. The research will analyse historical data from more than 25,000 households on Octopus Energy’s smart time-of-use tariff, making it the UK’s largest ever study into domestic flexibility.
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What enabling actions are needed to ensure we make best use of data and digitalisation on the road to net zero? A new report from Utility Week and CGI highlights five key requirements.
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What new pressures on reliability and resilience will tomorrow’s net zero energy system create? Denise Chevin posed the question to participants at a recent Utility Week roundtable in association with S&C Electric.
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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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Utility Week’s report explores the need for change to historical low voltage network monitoring approaches from DNOs and highlights advances in technology which can help them derive multi-layered value from new monitoring investments.
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Octopus Renewables has acquired the independent distribution network operator (IDNO) Eclipse, as part of its strategy to back a more diverse range of businesses involved in the energy transition.
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The government has pledged to introduce regulation for smart energy appliances "when Parliamentary time allows". This would set requirements based on the principles of interoperability, data privacy, grid stability and cyber security.
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A senior figure at Northern Powergrid has said the company is being “careful” not to “overpay” for flexibility and suggested some distribution network operators (DNOs) may be procuring more than they actually need “just to have a high number”. Discussing the company’s draft business plan for the RIIO2 price controls, policy and markets director Patrick Erwin said it is also refraining from creating separate body to perform its distribution system operator (DSO) functions, describing this as an “artificial distinction”.
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Electricity networks are seeking £29 million of funding through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition for projects exploring demand from heat pumps, flexibility trading and smart local energy systems. The regulator has published the submissions for the four out of six projects that made it through the initial screening process.
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Utility Week’s Future Networks Conference was a forum for lively debate on topics from the tenets of net zero-friendly regulation to how networks should support local decarbonisation pathways and what responsibilities that have for stirring up public endorsement of the transition.
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Looming changes to network fees will significantly reduce the value of domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging, according to the findings from a government-sponsored trial. Analysis of the results suggested that V2G charging could allow drivers to save or earn £340 annually – compared to £120 per year for smart charging alone – but planned changes to network fees could see this amount chopped in half.
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