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All six electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) across Great Britain have now submitted their draft business plans for the RIIO-ED2 price control to Ofgem, with spending plans amounting to £23.2 billion. Utility Week looks into the details.
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DNOs regularly publish Distribution Future Energy Scenarios, but these often overlook the developing complexity on the low voltage networks. As UW Innovate reports, WPD has now devised a new methodology, called EPIC, to capture data from local authorities and use it for more sensitive and localised analysis.
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SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has developed a new modelling tool to predict future electricity demand from low-carbon heating. The distribution network operator said the Heat-Up tool will allow it to estimate the size of heat pumps required to warm homes in its area based on their characteristics and plan investments in grid reinforcements to accommodate the resulting rise in electricity demand.
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Andrew Urquhart, head of whole system at SSEN Transmission, outlines the response to the company’s earlier paper exploring the case for reforms to transmission network charges to address concerns that their volatility, unpredictability and regional variation are deterring investment in new generation.
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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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EDF has launched a commercial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging service with Nissan, allowing businesses to sell excess energy back to the grid. Launched through the EDF’s subsidiary Dreev - a joint venture with US-based green energy technology company Nuvve - the offer is available to fleet owners of the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200.
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In Utility Week's latest round-up of sector appointments, energy technology platform Kaluza has appointed a new chief executive as it targets further international expansion, while the Energy Networks Association and Northern Powergrid have both appointed new directors.
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SSE Renewables and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy have announced plans to produce green hydrogen through electrolysis using energy from two onshore windfarms. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding in a partnership which aims to “encompass the full green hydrogen value chain” including construction, management, end user requirements, operation and maintenance. 
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SGN has revealed plans to form a 50:50 joint venture with Vital Energi to build and operate low and zero-carbon heat networks around the UK. The networks will supply new and existing residential, commercial and industrial sites, including redundant sites owned by SGN and developments planned by its property arm, SGN place.
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In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, SSE calls for support to extend the lifetime of windfarms, while a coalition of energy firms urges the government to increase the scale and frequency of Contracts for Difference auctions. Meanwhile, Southern Water’s latest financial results show profits down by a third.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has said SSE’s proposed response to the failure of a generator to remain connected during a “run-of-the-mill” network fault would continue to leave the power grid at risk. Speaking to Utility Week, ESO head of networks Julian Leslie nevertheless welcomed efforts to codify the arrangements.
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The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into the Electric Highway charging network over concerns that its exclusivity agreements with motorway service operators are hindering competition. Gridserve recently relaunched the network after acquiring it from energy supplier Ecotricity and beginning a programme to replace chargers with more modern and powerful units.
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UK Power Networks will share details of vulnerable customers with water companies in its regions, in a partnership which it believes “moves the industry a step closer to the potential of a nationwide register”.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has warned of tight supply margins over the coming winter, partly due the shutdown of the Dungeness B and Hunterston B nuclear power stations. The ESO gave the warning in an early version of its annual winter outlook released to help the energy industry and markets prepare for the season.
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Octopus Renewables has acquired the independent distribution network operator (IDNO) Eclipse, as part of its strategy to back a more diverse range of businesses involved in the energy transition.
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