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Ofgem has approved more than £20.9 billion of spending by electricity distribution networks as part of its draft determinations for the RIIO ED2 price controls. The figure is down by £4.3 billion – or 17% - from the more than £25.2 billion of total expenditure allowances requested by distribution network operators in their business plans submitted in December. The regulator has also confirmed the baseline returns for investors for the five-year price controls, which begin in April 2023.
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Electricity North West (ENW) has earmarked ten substations in Greater Manchester for a summer makeover as part of its Transforming our Spaces campaign. The programme, which began in 2019, sees the company revamp areas of land around electricity substations that have suffered vandalism, lack wildlife or do not have funding to carry out such projects.
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Having confirmed plans to completely separate the Electricity System Operator from National Grid and establish a fully independent Future System Operator by 2024, Ofgem is now exploring potential options for system operation at the distribution level. In the first of a two-part series, Utility Week looks at the positions taken by electricity distribution networks, both in their RIIO ED2 business plans and their responses to a call for input by the regulator.  
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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 know they must remain ever alert to the challenge of ensuring high standards of health and safety with new risks constantly emerging, not least due to developments in other industries and the impact of the pandemic. This report seeks to identify the key challenges and drivers for change and how utilities are responding.
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