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The UK needs to demonstrate by the end of this decade whether technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere can have a role to play in meeting the net zero target, a senior figure at the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned. CCC head of carbon budgets David Joffe: “It’s not clear we can make net zero if we take those off the table, which is why it is really important to prove this is feasible.”
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Independent energy developers Carlton Power and Stag Energy have announced plans to merge their operations to focus on energy storage and grid stability services including the provision of system inertia, reactive power and short circuit capacity. The combined company will also continue the development of a portfolio of green hydrogen production projects and launch a new carbon advisory business later this year.
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Hunterston B nuclear power station finally went offline at 12pm on Friday (7 January) after almost five decades of operation. The EDF-run power station is closing at least a year earlier than previously scheduled after the Office for Nuclear Regulation cleared the first of its two reactors to resume operations for a period of only six months.
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Drax plans to invest £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in 2022, the company has announced. As part of this investment, Drax has awarded a contract with the Australian industrial engineering firm Worley to start front-end engineering and design at the beginning of next year for the two BECCS units it is planning to build at its power station in North Yorkshire.
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Sembcorp Energy UK has revealed plans to build Europe’s largest battery storage system at the Wilton International chemicals park in Teesside. The company said it already has the land and grid connections available to enable the swift installation of the batteries, which will have a generation capacity of 360MW.
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Ofgem is consulting on its minded-to decision to approve a code modification that would remove generators’ liability to pay Balancing Services Use of System charges. The decision aligns with the recommendations of the second Balancing Services Charges Taskforce, which said the charges should be levied entirely on final demand.
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded £31.6 million to projects to develop technologies for floating offshore wind farms. The 11 successful projects will each receive grants of up £10 million as part of the Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme, which will be matched by industry funding to bring the total investment to more than £60 million.
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This week's round up of coverage from the weekend's newspapers features the mounting pressures government is under to help households facing soaring energy costs as business leaders call for support for customers and businesses alike as the French president's decision to intervene with EDF could impact the UK. Elsewhere, Labour re-ignites calls for re-nationalisation of the water sector
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Support for delaying measures to tackle climate change is tantamount to denying that the problem exists, the chair of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has said.
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The national planning framework for energy projects should be reviewed every five years, government ministers have told MPs. Responding to questions from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee over the ten-year gap between the publication of the original National Policy Statement for the sector in 2011 and the draft update in September last year, energy and climate change minister Greg Hands said a decade is “too long” to wait between reviews for a “fast moving area” like energy.
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Good Energy has completed the sale of its wind and solar farms as part of its strategic shift towards energy services. The 47.5MW portfolio was purchased by renewable investment firm Bluefield Partners, having previously acquired the nearly 50MW West Raynham solar farm developed by Good Energy in 2015.
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Utility Week speaks to Mark Futyan, chief executive at solar and storage developer Anesco, about the current state of the market for grid-scale batteries, which has quickly grown from nothing to a pipeline of many gigawatts over the last decade. He says a recent rise in battery prices due to supply constraints and surging demand from electric vehicles has done little to stop the boom as they become increasingly valuable to the energy system.  
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Around one-fifth of capital’s sub-stations will need to be upgraded by 2030 without demand side response and storage measures, according to Sadiq Khan’s new and more ambitious blueprint to cut the capital’s emissions to net zero. The London’s mayor’s new carbon reduction pathway, published on Tuesday (18 January), has set a new target to reduce the capital’s emissions to 22% of 1990 levels by 2030, which compares to Khan’s previous goal of 40%.
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Crown Estate Scotland has announced the results of its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round, awarding options agreements to 17 projects with a combined capacity of 24.8GW - around two-and-a-half times the UK's existing offshore wind fleet. They include ten floating offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 14.6GW.   
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Good Energy offered Ecotricity the resignation of its chairman in return for dropping its opposition to Good Energy's plans to sell its renewable assets, Ecotricity's founder has told Utility Week. Dale Vince said Ecotricity refused the offer on Thursday, stating that Good Energy's plans to sell its entire renewables portfolio as part of a strategic shift towards energy services "makes no sense".
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Scottish Power has signed two deals to acquire 17 solar projects with a combined capacity of 800MW – 12 of them from Elgin Energy and five from Lightsource BP. The projects across England, Wales and Scotland, representing a total investment of around £500 million, will be operational by 2025.
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The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has said it expects to return more than £39 million of Contracts for Difference payments to suppliers as result of exceptionally high power prices over the last three months of 2021. The body said the final quarter of the year was the first in the scheme’s history in which generators returned more money than they received.
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A joint venture has been announced between EDF Renewables and developer DP Energy to deploy up to 1GW of floating offshore wind generation in the Celtic Sea. EDF said an area of interest for the Gwynt Glas project has been identified around 70km from coast and the precise location will be refined over the coming weeks.
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