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After distribution network operators (DNOs) published their final RIIO ED2 business plans last month, Grid Edge Policy director and former Ofgem partner, Maxine Frerk, tries (and struggles) to draw some comparisons. Given their various inconsistencies and sheer size – amounting to ten of thousands of pages when including the supporting documents - Frerk asks: who are they expecting to read them?
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The government has confirmed plans for the regulation of the heat network market, including appointing Ofgem as the regulator and spreading the resulting costs across all energy consumers. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy set out its intended arrangements in its response to a consultation on the market framework for heat networks.
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OMERS Infrastructure has agreed to sell its 25% stake in SGN to Global Infrastructure Partners for an undisclosed sum. SGN is the second largest gas distribution network in Great Britain, serving nearly six million homes and businesses across two license areas in Scotland and southern England.
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A Utility Week poll of sector leaders has identified the effects of counteractive regulatory regimes as the most likely factor to derail delivery of net-zero carbon goals. Our research shows two-thirds of utilities see regulatory drivers as a potential challenge to their decarbonisation commitments while 50% said the same of policy frameworks.
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Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) has reached financial close on its first battery storage project in the UK. The 40MW/40MWh project at Maldon in Essex is part of a 187MWh portfolio of seven battery storage projects acquired from Capbal in June. 
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The UK’s largest flow battery has been energised as part of the Energy Superhub Oxford project led by Pivot Power. The 2MW vanadium redox flow battery manufactured by Invinity Energy Systems is being combined with a 50MW lithium-ion battery to operate as a single energy storage asset, which is also the largest battery to be directly connected to the UK’s transmission network to date.
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With a new pro-fracking environment secretary installed and supply security at issue, what better time to press on - cautiously - with shale exploration? asks Peter Styles
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Increasing demand by a growing population, climate change, escalating energy prices and an ageing infrastructure are all combining to build pressure on our water networks. How we all manage and consume water needs to evolve to cope with future demand. New technologies are emerging that will improve distribution network operations and efficiencies, as well as making consumers more aware of the cost - and hence affect how they use water.
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We need to knuckle down and get on with smart grid deployment or risk losing many potential benefits, say Bill Easton and Jenny Byars.
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