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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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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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German plans to store power in mountains show promise, but a surge in renewables is driving down prices and undermining the economics of an Alpine battery, says Simon Jones
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It is inevitable that financing UK utility infrastructure will increasingly depend on Middle and Far Eastern money - especially from China. Nigel Hawkins reports
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Smart grid shortfalls could put the brakes on the success of electric vehicles and must be guarded against, says Richard Postance.
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The key challenge in supplying power to Britain's electric vehicle (EV) owners in the future will centre on ensuring they mainly charge their cars during off-peak periods, says David Densley, head of sustainable transport at SSE.
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