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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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China took almost three quarters (71 per cent) of the 73 million smart meters shipped globally in 2011. While record numbers were deployed, however, the pace of growth slowed during the fourth quarter as some projects wound down and fewer big projects were announced.
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Janet Wood asked Flexitricity founder Alastair Martin what he thought about the Department of Energy and Climate Change's proposals for capacity payments and demand-side response.
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Peter Kelly argues the mobile network is the only credible communications technology option for smart metering.
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The Gas Forum's new managing director David Cox is adamant that gas supplies are plentiful, and that Ofgem's Code Review could damage the industry. He talks to Trevor Loveday.
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