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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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The smart meter initiative misses the opportunity to provide the UK with a universal platform for connected services, says Adam Westbrooke.
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Gas lamps are still going strong. Janet Wood met members of London's gas lighting team.
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Denise Massey details the innovations power networks are crying out for as they deal with rising demand and intermittent generation .
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The emergence of EV hotspots could hit DNOs with unplanned grid restoration and reinforcement costs - or even network failure. David Taylor reports.
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The Energy Efficiency Directive's plan for mandatory combined heat and power is winning few friends, reports Siân Crampsie.
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With Decc's Heat Strategy imminent, Stuart Campbell tells the government to provide firm policy and help with financing if it is serious about district heating and CHP.
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2012 looks to be the year heat finally makes it on to the decarbonisation agenda, says Roger Milne.
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