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The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has written to ministers at the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to petition for a cut to the VAT rate for domestic energy storage. The trade body also urged the ministers to introduce a temporary financial incentive for households to install storage, perhaps through the recently extended Green Homes Grant scheme.
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Gridserve has opened the first of 100 “Electric Forecourts” the company plans to build over next five years at Braintree in Essex. The station has the capacity to charge 36 electric vehicles at the same time at rates of up to 350kW.
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The UK’s largest battery storage system to date, with a maximum power output of almost 50MW and a storage capacity of 75MWh, has begun operating at Thurcroft in South Yorkshire. The facility is owned by Gresham House Energy Storage Fund and is being traded in wholesale and balancing services markets by Flexitricity.
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At a roundtable event organised by Network in association with National Grid, delegates were invited to consider how localised energy supports the whole energy system.
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The Cap & Floor regime, which was developed by Ofgem to encourage investment in interconnectors, could be extended to long-duration storage projects. In a new call for evidence on facilitating the deployment of large-scale and long-term electricity storage storage technologies, such as pumped hydro and hydrogen, the government says these projects are not being built at the scale needed to support the transition to a lower carbon.
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Pivot Power has signed a deal with Wartsila to install another 100MW of battery storage at Coventry and Sandwell in the West Midlands. The storage systems, which will each have a capacity of 50MW/100MWh, will form part of the 2GW network of “Energy Superhubs” that Pivot Power plans to build across the UK.
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Pure Planet has unveiled a product which aims to create a simplified flexibility proposition and unlock new revenue streams for the supplier. The app-based energy supplier, in which BP has a 24 per cent stake, has partnered with Lightsource BP’s Lightsource Labs to use the latter’s energy management technology, called Tribe, and virtual power plant platform to optimise flexible assets in the home.
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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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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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Is there a firm future for co-located hybrid technologies on generation sites – or is it a passing fashion? Denise Chevin moderated a Utility Week roundtable discussion in association with Addleshaw Goddard to find out.
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The UK’s first grid-scale battery storage system to be directly connected to the transmission network has begun operating in Oxford. The 50MW lithium-ion battery system is connected to Cowley substation on the outskirts of the city and has been built as part of the £41 million Energy Superhub Oxford project led by Pivot Power.
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Drax has announced plans to expand the capacity of its Cruachan pumped hydro storage plant in Scotland to more than 1GW. The company wants to build a new 600MW power station in a hollowed-out cavern to the east of the existing 440MW plant inside the Ben Cruachan mountain.
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The Green Investment Group has acquired its first grid-scale battery projects in the UK from the storage developer Capbal. The transaction covers a portfolio of seven distribution-connected battery systems with combined storage capacity of 187MWh that will be strategically located in highly congested areas of the power grid, including Scotland and the South East.
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As the UK ramps up its efforts to achieve its decarbonisation aims, the energy and utilities sector is at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Carl Haigney, global vice president and head of retail utilities subsector at Capgemini, outlines several challenges both the sector and the government must overcome in order to set the nation on the right track towards decarbonisation. For Haigney, cutting red tape and providing the right incentives will be key.
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So Energy has launched a full-service solar and storage solution for its customers, allowing them to generate their own power and cut their energy bills. The supplier’s So Energy Solar package will see solar panels and a battery installed in customers’ homes. Speaking in response to the launch Simon Oscroft, co-founder of the retailer, said suppliers have a responsibility to "do all they can" to encourage their customers to make green choices.
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