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The “significant premium” National Grid has agreed to pay for Western Power Distribution could undermine the former’s argument that the cost of equity being offered by Ofgem in RIIO2 is too low, according to Investec senior analyst Martin Young. He shares his thoughts on the deal with Utility Week as well as his predictions for the sale of National Grid’s gas transmission arm.
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Northern Gas Networks is to crowdfund investment for the next phase of its gas mains replacement programme. NGN is aiming to raise £1 million through a green bond launched through the Abundance Investment platform, with people able to commit as little as £5.
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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a new online portal that enables installers to get quicker and easier decisions on whether they can connect green technologies such as electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps, solar panels and batteries. The electricity distribution network said Smart Connect was developed in partnership with Octopus Electric Vehicles in response to feedback from customers, who said the old process was confusing and time-consuming.
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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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The principle of no customer being left behind in the shift to a smarter, more flexible energy system is hard to argue with. However, some experts believe that in the short-term a just transition is just impossible. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, James Wallin examines different pathways to fairness – from ensuring the most vulnerable benefit first to the introduction of non-participant tariffs.
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Wales and West Utilities has argued the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) final decision on the PR19 appeals by water companies has “no material bearing” on its grounds for appeal against Ofgem’s final determinations for the RIIO2 price controls. The gas distribution network's submission to the CMA was in stark contrast to its fellow appellants.
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The utilities sectors lag behind the national averages for representation of staff with disabilities, those from ethnic minority backgrounds, women and young people according to data analysis by Energy & Utility Skills.
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In Utility Week’s latest round-up of people moves across the sector, the Heat Trust gets a new managing director; a former Centrica director is to head up Energy UK’s Vulnerability Commitment and the first chair of the UK Infrastructure Bank is unveiled.
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Electricity North West has become the fifth distribution network operator to join the Flexible Power platform originally developed by Western Power Distribution as part of an Ofgem-sponsored innovation project.
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Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) slowed last month, with cuts to the plug-in car grant being blamed. However, the latest figures for car registrations also revealed more than 500,000 ultra low-emission vehicles are now being driven on UK roads for the first time.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week presents a showcase of some of the most promising energy storage technologies. Tom Grimwood explores the potential - and the limitations - of solutions ranging from flow batteries to liquid air energy storage and the use of gravity, among others.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has awarded eight Electricity System Restoration Services (formerly referred to as black start) for the North West, North East and Scotland.
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The Department for Business, Energy & industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been urged to set a minimum price for the surplus electricity provided by small scale generators to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, Goldman Sachs is said to be in advanced negotiations to inject capital into Ovo Energy. Meanwhile, BP is considering bidding in the Scotwind auction as it ramps up its green ambitions. Lobbying efforts to promote investment in hydrogen and the future of desalination for drinking water are also analysed.
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