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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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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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