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Ofgem is consulting on proposals for the Future System Operator to become a “central network planner” as part of its joint review of offshore electricity transmission with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The regulator had already suggested this as one of its key roles and responsibilities when outlining its intentions for the Future System Operator – a fully independent system operator for electricity and gas – in an earlier consultation in June.
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Ofgem has given preliminary approval to two high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission links connecting England and Scotland. The subsea cables – the first two in a series of four such connections proposed along the east coast of Britain – will each have a capacity of 2GW.
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Ofgem has announced its intention to hold a significant code review (SCR) dedicated to forward-looking Distribution Use of System (DUoS) charges. They were already being examined by the regulator as part of an ongoing SCR looking at forward-looking network charges and access arrangements across both transmission and distribution that was launched in December 2018.
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Digital transformation and collaboration will be two of the key drivers for the utilities sector if it is to achieve its potential as an enabler of the net-zero journey. But how do we break down silos, upgrade analogue skills for a digital age and convince customers that their data is safe with utilities? A new report by Utility Week, in association with Amazon Web Services, seeks answers to these timely questions.
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As lifeline service providers, utilities must be resilient to a wide variety of threats, including so-called ‘black swan events’ – those for which there are no precedents. Jay Cadman, of IQGeo looks at how to create robust risk management strategies in the face of uncertainty.
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Following the publication of the government’s Net Zero Strategy, Steve Atkins, DSO transition lead on the Energy Network Association’s Open Networks programme, offers an overview of the project’s progress thus far.
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Technical and financial challenges are at the heart of the grid connection delays that have frustrated Germany's offshore wind power sector, says Siân Crampsie
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British Gas parent Centrica saw profits in its residential supply business rise by 23 per cent to £345 million in the six months to 30 June, compared to the same period in 2011.
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With drought abated in many places, we have a period of grace to plan for future shortages. Richard Ratcliff and Ajay Nair look at the options.
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Energy policy is trying to find the right balance between affordability, security of supply, and mitigating climate change. The Department of Energy and Climate Change's request for evidence on the future of gas-fired generation, which closed in June, represents one of the significant elements in this policy debate.
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Smart grids planned for Europe are almost certain to be "a target for hackers worldwide", warned a senior figure in the German firm Tüv Informationstechnik.
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High efficiency combined cooling, heat and power units housed in the Olympic Energy Centres will help power the Games and fly the flag for community schemes of the future, says Leon van Vurren.
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