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The regulator is consulting on a series of variations to the cap floor and regime requested by the developers of the Greenlink and NeuConnect interconnectors to Ireland and Germany. Without the changes, the companies claim the projects will struggle to secure sufficient financing and could be delayed or cancelled.
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The public may have to consider paying for more back up power in order to prevent a repeat of the 9 August blackout, energy experts have warned following the publication of the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) report into the incident.
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Ofgem has granted a request by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to delay its implementation of the Trans European Replacement Reserves Exchange (TERRE) until the beginning of next year. In approving the new timeline, Ofgem warned ESO it needed to improve communication with stakeholders and quickly come up with an implementation plan.
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A government minister has said a National Grid-backed project to build the world’s longest sub-sea interconnector between Iceland and the UK faces difficulties which will be “extremely difficult” to overcome.
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A new report to explain how a focus on short interruptions can help power network operators get ahead increasing regulatory pressure for improvements in customer experience and resilience despite mounting grid constraints.
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A carbon tax would be preferable to a UK-only emissions trading system, Energy UK’s chief executive Emma Pinchbeck has insisted. She added that uncertainty over future arrangements is already having an impact on the ability of energy companies to forward plan and hedge.
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The energy system is evolving, both in how the system is used and in the expectations of those using it. Moreover, the pace of change is accelerating. Together, these trends are shedding light on the importance of grid reliability.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has predicted a tightening of capacity margins this winter due to plant closures and outages, with the gap between supply and demand expected to fall to 4.8GW during an average cold spell.
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National Grid has begun energising the new IFA2 interconnector built in partnership with the French transmission system operator RTE. It said the £700 million project has remained on time and on budget despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
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National Grid has signed an agreement with the transmission system operator in the Netherlands to the examine the feasibility to linking together offshore windfarms in British and Dutch waters via a new 2GW interconnector. The two companies are aiming to get the subsea cable installed and operating by 2029.
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For the UK to build up to its target 75GW of offshore wind generation by 2050, new thinking is required on the transmission infrastructure around it. David Blackman looks at the options set to be considered in a government review and how experts see an offshore grid developing.
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The electricity system operator (ESO) at National Grid has highlighted the importance of flexibility to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 in latest of its annual Future Energy Scenarios. The ESO said the three of its four scenarios that align with the target all require significant growth in flexibility both on the demand and supply sides.
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