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For the fourth year running, the system operator at National Grid has raised its outlook for the de-rated electricity supply margin over the coming winter, this time to 7.8GW – or 12.9 per cent. The figure is up from 7.1GW – or 11.7 per cent – in last year’s forecast.


Energy Networks Association’s Open Networks Project, which has been engaging with industry to power towards a smarter, low-carbon energy system, has reached some key milestones, says ENA's head of innovation, Randolph Brazier
It is essential that we maximise the value of our existing gas infrastructure and use hydrogen to help the UK slash carbon dioxide emissions, says ENA's Matt Hindle.

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The government’s new targets around the decarbonisation of heat have been welcomed by industry figures, who said ministers should avoid taking a strategy of “wait and see”. Speaking to Utility Week, they said the broad ambitions listed in its 10-point plan for a "green industrial revolution" must now be backed up with the right policies, regulations and funding.
The first hydrogen boilers have been installed in demonstration houses built as part of a mock-up of a hydrogen gas grid in Northumberland. The homes have been constructed for the HyStreet project at DNV GL’s test site in Spadeadam and will be supplied a dummy distribution network installed by Northern Gas Networks.
Citizens Advice has warned against plans to impose a fixed per-meter charge on gas customers to fund a new support scheme for biomethane injection. The charity said a flat fee would leave households “bearing a disproportionate share of costs”, noting that a studio flat will be paying the same levy as a large manufacturing facility.
The lack of a clear strategy and high regulatory barriers are preventing the UK from the taking the lead on hydrogen and handing the first mover advantage to other countries in Europe, according to Aurora Energy Research. Utility Week speaks to research director Richard Howard about his findings.
The chair of Ofgem’s RIIO2 challenge group has reaffirmed its view that there is no case for raising the cost of capital beyond the levels currently proposed by the regulator for the next set of network price controls. Roger Whitcomb said the coronavirus pandemic has made the stable returns of regulated utilities more attractive to investors, meaning “if there is argument at all, it will be for a reduction”.
Town-scale trials are needed to end the energy industry’s “total paralysis” on the decarbonisation of heating, the founder of Greencoat Capital has argued. While conceding that the costs may run into the “hundreds of millions of pounds”, managing director Richard Nourse said the bill would be “pretty skinny” when compared to the amounts that must ultimately be spent to address the issue.
Politicians and business leaders want the country to deliver a green revolution, create jobs and boost the economy. As part of our Build Back Better campaign, Utility Week in association with Addleshaw Goddard has published a major new report exploring the significant role utilities can play in fulfilling these ambitions.
After the Energy Networks Association held the first of a series of customers forums on biomethane earlier this week as part of its Gas Goes Green initiative, Utility Week speaks to Gas Goes Green champion Chris Train and programme lead Thom Koller about their work to streamline the connections process for producers.  

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