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The UK has risen two places to third in EY’s biannual global ranking of the best places to invest in renewable energy. Positive developments highlighted by the firm included the launch of the government’s new energy security strategy and the awarding of seabed right for tens of gigawatts of generation capacity in the ScotWind leasing round.
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The wholesale electricity market is “no longer fit for purpose” and, if left unchanged, will impose excessive and unnecessary costs on consumers, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has warned in a new report. The ESO said the current market design, based on a blanket national wholesale price for electricity, is contributing to a dramatic rise in constraints costs and inefficiencies in balancing the power grid, whilst also undermining the capability to deliver demand-side flexibility.
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Kwasi Kwarteng has asked the Electricity System Operator (ESO) to work with the industry to bolster UK security of supply by delivering non-gas fired, including coal, generating capacity for next winter.
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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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A major new report proposes key reforms to enable the energy retail market to deliver for customers and net zero. It examines where action can be taken now on easing affordability pressures, evolving regulation and wholesale markets and ensuring a healthy, competitive energy retail market.
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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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The government has hailed the successful renegotiation of the Energy Charter Treaty as a “landmark agreement” that will protect taxpayers from costly legal challenges as the UK seeks to decarbonise its energy system. The Energy Charter Treaty provides an international framework for trade and investment in energy, including legal protections against political risks and provisions for dispute resolution.
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Companies in the offshore wind industry have announced plans to increase voltage of the power cables in arrays from 66kV to 132kV. They said the rise in voltage will improve the efficiency of electricity collection, facilitate the deployment of larger, more powerful turbines, and lower costs and environmental impacts by reducing the length of cables.
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National Grid Electricity Transmission has energised its new Shurton substation in Somerset that will eventually connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to the power grid. The facility, which sits adjacent to the Hinkley site, is now transferring energy from the Taunton substation to Shurton. Later this year it will begin supplying electricity to the site to support the construction of the power station.
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"Tens of billions" of pounds worth of investment is required to upgrade the UK’s transmission system as the generation mix decarbonises, a major study by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) is set to conclude. Giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the security of energy supplies, the ESO's director of corporate affairs Jake Rigg noted the significant bottleneck between Scotland and England, with the former already host to a 35GW pipeline of offshore wind generation.
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In an article to mark International Women in Engineering Day, National Grid’s Alice Delahunty argues that a successful energy transition will only be achieved by ensuring the engineering community is representative of society as a whole.
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Maturing technology, combined with mounting pressure on global supply chains, means the previous trend of “ever cheaper” renewables “may be at an end.” Renewable UK issued the warning as it released a new manifesto for achieving the government’s aim of creating net zero power grid by 2035.
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The government is examining changes to the rules governing Contracts for Difference (CfD) projects to prevent developers delaying their participation in the support scheme in order to take advantage of soaring wholesale market electricity prices. During a debate on updates to the CfD regulations in the House of Lords, energy minister Lord Callanan said the government has already made it clear to the industry that such actions are "not within the spirit of the scheme".
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Concerns about paying energy costs dwarf worries about other types of bills amongst the public, according to a new government survey. The spring edition of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's energy and climate public attitudes tracker survey, published on Thursday (16 June), found 58% of those polled were more concerned about energy bills than any other.
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A Treasury minister has defended the lack of detail furnished by Rishi Sunak about government plans to extend its windfall tax on oil and gas profits to electricity generation. The chancellor of the exchequer said in last month’s cost-of-energy statement that he was “evaluating” an extension of the energy profits levy, which will initially be imposed on oil and gas production in the North Sea.
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Scottish Power Renewables has announced Charlie Jordan as its new chief executive. The announcement brings together the company’s offshore business, led by Jordan in the UK and Ireland, as well as the onshore portfolio led by the departing Lindsay McQuade, under a single chief executive.
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Utility Week is poised to launch a new flagship event that will take a fresh approach to debating the competing objectives of affordability, sustainability and resilience. Hear from the leaders of Eon, Ofwat, UK Power Networks, and Yorkshire Water as well as some new voices joining the debate.
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