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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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Mathew Palmer says TV spectrum "white space" could facilitate the communications technology of choice for smart grids.
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Utilities will soon be asked by Brussels to apply for funding from the European Union 2012 trans-European energy network (TENs) spending programme that funds new electricity and gas infrastructure linking different countries. A formal call for proposals will be issued by the end of February.
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Bristol City Council has received a £2.5 million grant from the European Investment Bank to set up an energy services company (Esco). The authority eventually hopes to secure around £70 million investment from the EIB to set up the company that it will own on behalf of Bristol citizens.
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Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Businesses know energy is expensive, but are reluctant to invest in efficiency measures. As cold weather starts to kick in for the first time this year, Richard Postance tells the government to educate and reassure.
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DNOs know they have to transform their networks into smart grids, but what exactly will this entail? Brendan Coyne sat in on senior managers discussing the issue at the EIC.
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