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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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With expanding AI capabilities, industries such as the energy, rail and telecommunications are witnessing growth in the adoption of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones). The increase in drone usage has already begun challenging the conventional methods of inspection and maintenance of assets. More importantly, it is showing the value of using innovation to overcome traditional challenges.
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Net zero is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system. This high-level report, in association with Microsoft and Accenture, explores how digital technology and partnership working can help the sector accelerate and scale up to deliver the transition affordably.
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Arenko has claimed using battery storage to provide reserve could save consumers as much £195 million per year after National Grid Electricity System Operator published the results from a trial last year. Utility Week speaks to the company's chief executive, Rupert Newland.
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SMS has begun building a 270MW fleet of batteries, starting with a 50MW project at Burwell in Cambridgeshire. Work on a second 40MW facility at Barnsley in South Yorkshire will also commence later this month as the smart meter installer makes its entry into the grid-scale energy storage market.
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There is now 16.1GW of battery storage capacity operating, under construction or in planning in the UK spread across 729 project, new figures from RenewableUK have revealed. The pipeline has grown rapidly over the last year from 10.5GW of capacity across 600 projects in December 2019.
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With the changing landscape of power generation, higher customer demand, and increasing fault currents, DNOs need to prepare for the grid of tomorrow and improve reliability by utilising innovative solutions, says Jonathan Hopkins, sales director at S&C Electric.
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A senior manager steps down at Thames, Mott MacDonald bolsters its water and environment team and Black & Veatch eyes international growth. Utility Week presents the latest people moves across the sector.
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The author of the Cost of Energy Review was one of several names connected with the utilities sector to feature in the Queen's New Year Honours list.
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Intergen has been granted consent to build a £200 million battery storage facility at the London Gateway port on the Thames Estuary. With a generation/storage capacity of 320MW/640MWh – and the potential to expand to 1.3GWh – the battery in Essex is set to become one of the largest anywhere in the world.
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