Two Tory former energy secretaries have backed calls for offshore windfarm operators to pay compensation to communities scarred by the new transmission infrastructure required to deliver their projects.
Emissions reductions targets for both Scotland and the UK will not be met unless the government intervenes to reform Ofgem’s network charging regime, a renewable energy developer has warned. RES said Ofgem’s transmission network charging methodology was one of the “defining reasons” for not proceeding with two recent projects in Scotland.
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.
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.
Steven Whyte from PNDC, part of the University of Strathclyde, explains how a collaborative approach with the Living Lab at the Energy Systems Catapult will help shape the future of whole energy systems.
An SSE executive has called on the energy retail sector to be clearer on the source of “green energy” claims, stressing that a vertically integrated model provides the most transparent way to do so. Nikki Flanders, managing director of SSE’s customer services division, was speaking to Utility Week after the company recently announced its new business arm was supplying customers with 100 per cent “traceable” renewable power as standard for its business customers.
A webinar to explore the risks posed by poor labour practices in supply chains for emerging low carbon technologies to UK utilities with commitments to responsible sourcing of kit, parts and materials.
In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, the increase to the energy price cap comes under fire. Meanwhile, there is analysis of the rifts in government that are hindering action on climate change and ministers have been warned against taking a stake in the Sizewell C nuclear plant.
The levels of local flexibility contracted by Britain’s electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) in the first seven months of 2021 are already 38 per cent higher than the total for the whole of last year.
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has advised the government to avoid “picking winners” among greenhouse gas removal technologies and to rapidly introduce market frameworks to support various options. The NIC wants the government to commit to deploying five to ten megatonnes of engineered removals of carbon dioxide by 2030, rising to between 40 and 100 megatonnes by 2050.
Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) are the top two priorities for the public, recent government research has revealed. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with UK Research and Innovation’s Sciencewise programme, commissioned Traverse to deliver a public dialogue to understand citizens’ attitudes towards CCUS.
The government says separate auctions for low-carbon generation may need to be introduced to the Capacity Market to balance security of supply and the need to decarbonise. A call for evidence on changes to the mechanism also considers agreement lengths and how to incentive low-carbon, long-build-time technologies.
In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, SSE calls for support to extend the lifetime of windfarms, while a coalition of energy firms urges the government to increase the scale and frequency of Contracts for Difference auctions. Meanwhile, Southern Water’s latest financial results show profits down by a third.
National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has said SSE’s proposed response to the failure of a generator to remain connected during a “run-of-the-mill” network fault would continue to leave the power grid at risk. Speaking to Utility Week, ESO head of networks Julian Leslie nevertheless welcomed efforts to codify the arrangements.
The energy transition must be accompanied by a shift to maximise green jobs and the time to start actively building these capabilities is now. Two members of the Green Jobs Taskforce give their views as part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP series.
National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has warned of tight supply margins over the coming winter, partly due the shutdown of the Dungeness B and Hunterston B nuclear power stations. The ESO gave the warning in an early version of its annual winter outlook released to help the energy industry and markets prepare for the season.