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Campaigners against EDF’s planned new nuclear plant at Sizewell have instigated a legal bid to overturn Kwasi Kwarteng’s decision to award the project planning permission last month. The secretary of state for business and energy granted consent to the 3.2GW scheme on 20 July, overturning the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation that it should not receive the go ahead.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has given an early view of expected electricity supply margins over the coming winter ahead of its usual Winter Outlook released each Autumn. The ESO has forecast a de-rated margin 4GW - or 6.7% - representing a slight increase on the 3.9GW – or 6.6% - margin predicted for last winter. However, this forecast assumes there is no disruption gas supplies and Great Britain is able attract 5.7GW of interconnector imports from the rest of Europe during tight periods.
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Energy minister Greg Hands has confirmed the parameters for the next round of Capacity Market auctions in 2023. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also announced its decision to proceed with two temporary rule changes intended to increase liquidity in the auctions.
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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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Much of the focus on the UK’s transition to green energy has centred on generation. Headline-grabbing investments in green hydrogen or how we deliver enough wind and solar generation to meet rising energy demand will always be key to our journey to net-zero. But the infrastructure and integration of this technology will be equally critical in reducing the overall carbon intensity of the grid.
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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects backed by Cadent, Equinor and SSE were amongst 20 shortlisted on Friday (12 August) for government financial backing in the next stage of its drive to establish net zero industrial clusters. The projects selected by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are all part of the East Coast and HyNet North West schemes, which were designated earlier this year as the first two industrial clusters in the UK in line to receive funding for the construction of CCS infrastructure.
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The government has proposed using a dual Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism with separate strike prices for electricity generation and negative emissions to spur the development of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power stations. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said this would be "familiar and effective", offering stable revenues to investors whilst also providing paybacks to consumers when power or carbon prices are high.
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For the second time this summer, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has issued a Capacity Margin Notice alerting the market to a potential stress event. Capacity Margin Notices are automatically triggered around four hours ahead of real time if forecast surplus capacity on the transmission network falls below 500MW.
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Following the release of the British Energy Security Strategy in April in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, TPGen24 founder Stuart Murphy says the government is still missing the potential of tidal range generation to provide a steady supply of renewable power to replace coal and gas.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) is considering introducing a new demand flexibility service as part of contingency measures to ensure the security of power supplies over the coming winter. The body has also set out conditions for the use of the coal plants that have been contracted by the ESO to remain available over winter to guard against electricity shortfalls.
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Scottish Power is exploring the opportunity to develop, build and operate a “multi-hundred megawatt” green hydrogen hub at the Port of Felixstowe in partnership with its owner Hutchison Ports. As well as being used at the port in Suffolk, Scottish Power said the hydrogen produced at the facility could potentially help to decarbonise local industry and road and rail transport.
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Gridserve, which operates the Electric Highway charging network, has received an initial £200 million in funding from Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of M&G. In an announcement today (8 August) the sustainable energy company said the investment will enable its ambitions to deliver more than 5,000 high power chargers by 2025 across its Electric Super Hubs and Electric Forecourts.
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In Utility Week's latest roundup of the weekend news, George Eustice calls on water companies to introduce more hosepipe bans as the UK faces drought, and the cost to taxpayers and billpayers of supplier failures is explored.
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Ofgem has decided to amend the price cap methodology to reflect the return of Contracts for Difference (CfD) payments to suppliers as a result of high wholesale energy prices. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit said its analysis suggests the change could cut energy bills by £25 this winter and £45 next winter if prices remain at current levels.
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The government has allocated £37 million to innovation projects to increase the production of sustainable biomass feedstocks and produce hydrogen using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. The funding is part of the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
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Whoever wins the Conservative leadership race will face immediate pressure to deliver on the promise of more secure, affordable, green energy. Sue Ferns, of the Prospect union, insists that this must start with a clear delivery plan that provides certainty for investors, an expanded skills pipeline, and good green jobs.
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Ofgem has revealed the list of members of inaugural Capacity Market Advisory Group which will recommend rule changes to the regulator. The group has been established as part of an overhaul of the rule change process for the Capacity Market to make it “more dynamic and adaptive to changing market conditions”.
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