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A government-commissioned study has settled on two options as the best support mechanisms for of a first-of-a-kind bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plant. The report prepared by Element Energy and Vivid Economics for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recommended either a standalone Contracts for Difference mechanism for carbon prices or negative emissions payments combined with the existing CfDs for low-carbon electricity generation.
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The government has provisionally chosen the first net-zero industrial clusters to receive funding for the construction of carbon capture and storage infrastructure. In a statement to parliament, energy and climate change minister Greg Hands revealed that the East Coast and HyNet North West clusters have been selected as the two “track 1” clusters it is aiming to get up and running by the mid-2020s.
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Renewable UK has petitioned the government to double the capacity of onshore wind generation in the country to 30GW by 2030. As one of the cheapest forms of generation available in the UK, the association said this would reduce energy bills by £16.3 billion over the course of the decade – an annual saving of £25 per household – and ensure net zero emissions are achieved at the lowest cost.
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As water companies publish their strategies to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2030, this Utility Week Insight Report in association with Mott MacDonald delves into the challenges they face in cutting emissions from energy whilst reducing bills and boosting resilience. We examine their different approaches to renewable generation, the difficulties of striking Power Purchase Agreements to deliver cheaper green power, and their concerns that new rules from Ofgem could scupper their decarbonisation plans.
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Changes to energy consumption patterns and the increasing prevalence of renewables will require more agile transmission and distribution infrastructure. Matt Brough of Burns & McDonnell looks at the role modular substations can play in this mix.
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Plant and machinery used to generate and store renewable energy onsite will be exempt from business rates, the government announced in the Budget on Wednesday (27 October). As part of a wider review of business rates, the Budget also contained a move to offer 100% relief for heat networks.
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Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has earmarked £1.7 billion of new funding to help get one major new nuclear power plant off the ground before the next election. The Treasury’s spending review, published on Wednesday (27 October) alongside the Budget, contained few new energy investment commitments beyond confirming those announced last week in the government’s Net Zero Strategy.
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The government has introduced a new bill to parliament to implement the regulated asset base (RAB) funding model for new nuclear power stations. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the “tried and tested” model has already been successfully used to finance major infrastructure projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel and will save consumers more than £30 billion on each new large-scale nuclear plant.
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Energy UK has called for the introduction of a new Energy Bill as part of a commitment by the sector to deliver a net-zero power system in the 2030s. The pledge, outlined in a new report out today (27 October), follows on from the government’s commitment to a decarbonised system by 2035 which was confirmed in its Net Zero Strategy.
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The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has praised the government’s Net Zero Strategy as “ambitious and comprehensive,” marking a “significant step forward for UK climate policy”. However, the climate watchdog said “further steps will need to follow quickly” to implement the policies and proposals mapped out in the strategy.
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Centrica Business Solutions has established a dedicated team to develop, build, manage and optimise a portfolio of solar farms and battery storage systems that will be used to supply its customers with clean energy. The company said Centrica Energy Assets will aim to build 650MW of solar farms and 250MW of batter storage by 2026.
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In our latest review of sector coverage in the national media, a Welsh company will lead on plans to build a £1.7 billion renewable energy project on Swansea’s water front. Elsewhere, there are reports of a clash between two multi-billion-pound net zero schemes in the North Sea.
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SGN’s chief executive talks to Utility Week as part of our Countdown to COP campaign about the challenge of engaging customers in decarbonisation of heat. He also questions whether the UK is being ambition enough on hydrogen and why our net-zero goals must be aligned globally.
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Good Energy, Green Energy UK and Ecotricity have been accredited by Which? as its first ‘Eco Providers’ for energy. The consumer group assessed the green energy credentials of more than 40 energy suppliers, giving each of them a score of out 20.
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Utilities should work with mortgage and insurance providers to pinpoint moments when householders and drivers are most likely to respond to incentives to switch to low-carbon options. This was the view of senior industry figures speaking to Utility Week in the wake of the publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy.
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As part of our Countdown to COP series, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of customer service, strategy, regulation and information services at UK Power Networks. He discusses the legacy of COP26 but also delves into action his company is taking to facilitate on-street electric vehicle charging and how it aims to “write the book on green home heating”.
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The target of making the energy system emissions free by 2035 is now official government policy, but how realistic is it? And what needs to be done to achieve it? David Blackman asks the questions.
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