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Greater flexibility could cut energy system costs by £16.7 billion per year by 2050, according to new research from the Carbon Trust and Imperial College London. The report said flexibility should be embedded into all sectors of the energy system – power, heat and transport – to reduce the impact and cost of their decarbonisation.
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The government’s ambitious target to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 will inevitably lead to more pressure on the utilities sector to deliver on its own decarbonisation plans. As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at where that pressure is likely to be applied.
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Flexible Connections were once seen as a key enabler for the cost effective and timely addition of renewable generation to the grid. However, the product has not adapted to address concerns around market access, liabilities and long-term optionality. Smarter Grid Solutions co-founder Alan Gooding looks at what went wrong, and suggests some solutions.
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RWE has commenced onshore construction for the Sofia offshore windfarm that will be located 195 kilometres off the North East coast at Dogger Bank in the North Sea. It is starting with preparatory work for a new high-voltage direct current converter station near the village of Lazenby in Teesside that will be installed by GE Grid Solutions beginning in early 2022.
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Later this year, National Grid will launch the longest subsea interconnector in the world. Nicola Medalova was appointed as the group’s managing director of interconnectors in April. She writes for Utility Week, as part of our Countdown to COP campaign, on the importance of international co-operation in maximising the potential of renewable generation.
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Drax has signed a deal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to use the Japanese company’s technology for its proposed bioenergy with carbon capture and storage project. The firm is planning to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from two of the four biomass at its power station in North Yorkshire, with the aim of generating so-called “negative emissions”.
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Flexibility markets should factor in carbon impacts, rather than just prioritising delivery at the lowest cost, an industry expert has urged. Jeff Hardy, a senior research fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, also called for greater integration between markets at the local and national level to enable providers to “stack up” deals.
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Introducing carbon MOTs for customers’ homes could help with the lack of understanding around the impact domestic heating has on net zero, a new report has suggested. The report, Getting to net zero, by Energy Systems Catapult on behalf of Shell Energy Retail includes new polling which shows just nine per cent of customers plan to switch to low-carbon heating when they replace their current boiler.
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What role should nuclear power play in meeting the 2050 net zero target? As part of our Countdown to COP series, Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry Association discusses the lessons from countries that have failed to replace lost nuclear capacity and issues a plea for the UK not to follow the same path.
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EDF has announced the decommissioning of its Dungeness B nuclear station will begin immediately after finding new faults at the plant.
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In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, it is claimed that Bulb has struck a deal to delay repaying £55 million of loans. Meanwhile, new figures show gas use in April and May was up by a third and electric vehicle charge points are to get an “iconic” makeover.
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As the UK ramps up its efforts to achieve its decarbonisation aims, the energy and utilities sector is at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Carl Haigney, global vice president and head of retail utilities subsector at Capgemini, outlines several challenges both the sector and the government must overcome in order to set the nation on the right track towards decarbonisation. For Haigney, cutting red tape and providing the right incentives will be key.
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Proposed changes to network charges threaten to undermine plans by water companies to generate renewable power on their sites in efforts to become net zero by 2030. Utility Week speaks to senior figures at companies including Anglian Water and United Utilities about the impact of Ofgem's plans on their decarbonisation ambitions.
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