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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has lowered its forecast for the supply margin over the coming winter to 3.9GW - or 6.6% – following a fire at the UK substation for the IFA interconnector with France last month.  The de-rated margin is down from the ESO’s preliminary forecast of 4.3GW – or 7.3% – in its early view in July and from 4.8GW – or 8.3% - in last year’s winter outlook.
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An energy minister has described himself as a “hydrogen sceptic” and said the costs of producing the gas mean it is “pretty much impossible” to see it being used in mass home heating. Lord Callanan was outlining his thinking on the main heat decarbonisation options at a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference on Sunday.
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Alistair Phillips-Davies has expressed concern that uncertainty over the transition of the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) into a standalone body will weaken the organisation. The SSE chief executive said if the body ends up in public ownership it may struggle to retain staff.
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Cost-benefit calculations have historically stymied thorough transformer testing practices for all but the most expensive high voltage units on the grid. But is the race for net zero changing the maths for low voltage assets?
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National Grid has successfully erected the world’s first T-pylon. It represents the first newly-designed electricity pylon to be introduced to Great Britain for nearly a century.
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Ratings agency Moody's has said it may downgrade the company that owns and operates the Moyle electricity interconnector between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The agency said recent technical outages and a change in market conditions would be the reason for any downgrade.
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Here at S&C we're celebrating our 100th anniversary. Looking back over the past century, there are of course massive differences between technology and innovation then and what we have today. It is interesting to note not only how much various sectors have evolved, but also the way in which they have done so.
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Mathew Palmer says TV spectrum "white space" could facilitate the communications technology of choice for smart grids.
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Utilities will soon be asked by Brussels to apply for funding from the European Union 2012 trans-European energy network (TENs) spending programme that funds new electricity and gas infrastructure linking different countries. A formal call for proposals will be issued by the end of February.
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Bristol City Council has received a £2.5 million grant from the European Investment Bank to set up an energy services company (Esco). The authority eventually hopes to secure around £70 million investment from the EIB to set up the company that it will own on behalf of Bristol citizens.
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Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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