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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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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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A plan to build a major power cable under the Adriatic Sea, enabling the trade of electricity between Italy and the Balkans, is to receive critical backing from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD).
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Chargemaster is rolling out the country's first national EV charging infrastructure. Chief executive David Martell tells Karma Ockenden he has praise for electricity suppliers but DNOs could do more to help.
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A timely reminder about how much strain our energy networks can be put under was provided by David Clarke, Energy Technologies Institute chief executive, when he gave the Bridge Lecture last week. He noted (see news story, page 4) that domestic gas usage can increase sixfold between summer and winter.
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Gas will remain part of the UK's energy mix despite increased use of electricity for domestic heating, according to David Clarke, chief executive of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
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