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Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published an open letter announcing the next steps in their joint review of the offshore transmission regime. The review will be split into three main workstreams covering “early opportunities”, the “pathway to 2030” and the “enduring regime”, as well as a fourth cross-cutting workstream on multi-purpose interconnectors.
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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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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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Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan recognises that net zero requires a more holistic regulatory approach – and that it is crucial the costs and benefits of these initiatives fall fairly between different groups of consumers. Sustainability First's Sharon Darcy gives her view.
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With the UK now just hours away from departing the EU, Utility Week explores what this means for the utilities sector. How will energy collaboration with Europe proceed, and what does this mean for decarbonisation of the grid? Will there be an impact on the efficiency of interconnectors? Will the UK continue to trade in the EU Emissions Trading System? David Blackman discusses these and other issues.
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The energy minister has revealed that she cannot be involved in the decision on a new electricity interconnector with France, which has been branded a “seedy enterprise” by Labour, because one of its backers has given money to her local Conservative party.
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Construction is due to start next year on the first interconnector linking the UK and German electricity markets after Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel outlined support for the project at their final meeting.
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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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Later this year, National Grid will launch the longest subsea interconnector in the world. Nicola Medalova was appointed as the group’s managing director of interconnectors in April. She writes for Utility Week, as part of our Countdown to COP campaign, on the importance of international co-operation in maximising the potential of renewable generation.
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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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Greater flexibility could cut energy system costs by £16.7 billion per year by 2050, according to new research from the Carbon Trust and Imperial College London. The report said flexibility should be embedded into all sectors of the energy system – power, heat and transport – to reduce the impact and cost of their decarbonisation.
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As Scottish voters head to the polls on 6 May the prospect of the country’s independence is once again a subject of much debate. But how would a divorce from the rest of the UK impact the energy system, and the net zero ambitions on either side of the border? David Blackman investigates.
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Can power network operators deliver the scale and pace of investment needed for net zero without alienating communities or causing environmental detriment? A new report from Utility Week and Hitachi ABB Power Grids explores the challenge.
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Creating an integrated North Sea power grid could save the surrounding countries up to £70 billion by 2050, a new study has suggested. However, the report from Imperial College London and the think tank E3G said these savings will not materialise without a new approach to network design, changes to electricity trading arrangements and leadership from the top.
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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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