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Ofgem has proposed a series of measures to speed up the delivery of large onshore electricity transmission upgrades needed to achieve the government’s target of deploying 50GW of offshore wind by 2030. The regulator said it is considering providing early certainty on funding, reducing number of regulatory approval gates and giving exemptions from the incoming introduction of competition to large onshore transmission projects.  
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The Energy Networks Association has issued its latest annual consultation on the development of flexibility markets as part of its Open Networks projects. Topics covered by the consultation include the move to closer to real-time procurement of flexibility services and the development of a common application programming interface for dispatch.
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Ofgem has awarded £8 million to 18 projects as part of the inaugural round of its £450 million Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) competition. The programme was introduced as part of the RIIO2 price controls as a replacement for the Network Innovation Competition and is currently open to projects led electricity transmission and gas networks as well as National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO).
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A swathe of major infrastructure projects across the utilities sector are driving the adoption of new ways of working, cutting-edge technology and innovative methods for reducing project timelines. This report examines the role of location data as the “glue” underpinning new approaches to large infrastructure projects and how having the right data can enable a digital-first strategy that is more efficient and cost-effective.
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The inaugural UK Utilities Risk Report, from Utility Week and Marsh, highlights the key issues keeping sector leaders awake at night. From cybersecurity to policy and regulatory blockers, extreme weather and price volatility, this report presents a snapshot of the key concerns for utilities.
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Utilities leaders have long spoken of a need to shift sector mindsets from a focus on assets to the needs of end users. But, how quickly is this transition happening in practice and is data playing the central role it needs to? This new report gauges the views of senior industry figures, from Eon, EDF, Western Power Distribution and UK Power Networks among others.
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The party conferences saw the emergence of energy – especially its affordability – as a front-line issue, says Mathew Beech.
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Gas and power supplies in the UK are expected to be adequate to meet demand this winter, despite cuts in domestic gas production and power plant closures. That is the view of forecasters at National Grid published in the system operator’s Winter Outlook Report on Monday.
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In the second of a two-part series, Megan Darby reports from Atikokan, the power station turning its back on coal and preparing to open next year as the largest biomass plant in North America.
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Only through innovation can DNOs prepare their grids for the second age of electrification while keeping price rises to a minimum. Martin Wilcox says UKPN is leading the field.
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Mark Howard and Martin Griffiths explain how tax breaks should kick-start shale exploration.
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Nigel Hawkins asks if an energy price freeze is the first step to re-nationalising the industry.
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In the first of a two-part series, Megan Darby reports from Ontario, which has determined to close all its coal-fired power stations by 2014 despite having some very energy-intensive industries.
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