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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has predicted a tightening of capacity margins this winter due to plant closures and outages, with the gap between supply and demand expected to fall to 4.8GW during an average cold spell.
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SSE has agreed to sell its 50 per cent stake in three energy-from-waste projects in Yorkshire to an infrastructure fund managed by First Sentier Investors for £995 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in late 2020, subject to approval from the European Commission.
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Nearly 12GW of electricity could be delivered in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) round following an announcement that the government is doubling the size of contracts awarded through the mechanism. Utility Week examines the first steps of the government's green recovery plan and gauges reaction from across the sector.
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The triumph of offshore wind has shown how long-term policy and price signals can rapidly drive technology forward – and even Boris Johnson is full on behind its expansion. But can the same model work for other renewables, or is it time for a new set of energy market reforms?
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Boris Johnson’s pledge to become the “Saudi Arabia” of wind is a strong sign of intent but now action is needed turn this promise into reality. This will require whole system changes, dynamic collaboration between sectors and countries and regulatory evolution to ensure our infrastructure base is up to the transition, says Burns & McDonnell managing director, Jonathan Chapman.
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Utility Week speaks to Damian Darragh, executive chairman of Conrad Energy, following its acquisition of fellow flexible generator Viridis Power. Darragh talks about their plans to add energy storage to their rapidly growing fleet and how falling costs are opening up new opportunities for lithium-ion batteries.
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Companies operating in the wind sector have been urged to publicly share data on fire incidents to enable the industry to better identify and address emerging issues as turbines grow in size. Firetrace, a supplier of fire suppression systems, said the lack of transparency is leaving the industry “open to attack” by opponents, allowing one-off incidents to be interpreted as “just the tip of the iceberg”.
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, Ofwat lashes out at the CMA's generous interim determinations as lacking 'explanation, reasoning or analysis'; three water companies are scrutinised for their offshore accounts; and a report from the London School of Economics states 80,000 jobs could be created in the green recovery.
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Uncoordinated investment in network infrastructure risks undermining the government’s recently reaffirmed wind ambitions, the head of RWE’s UK business has warned. Country chair Tom Glover welcomed the recently launched review into the offshore transmission infrastructure regime but said investment also needs to be coordinated with the onshore network.  
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has for the first time awarded flexibility contracts to a windfarm as part of a tender for the Isle of Skye that also saw contacts won by three hydro generators. Meanwhile, Western Power Distribution has awarded contracts to 222MW in its latest tender.
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The triumph of offshore wind has shown how long-term policy and price signals can rapidly drive technology forward – and even Boris Johnson is full on behind its expansion. But can the same model work for other renewables, or is it time for a new set of energy market reforms?
Analysis
In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, the head of Britain’s energy regulator has stressed there is still an “open conversation” to be had over network price controls. Elsewhere, large energy retailers are accused of “greenwashing”, Professor Dieter Helm gives his view on Boris Johnson’s renewables pledge and sector figures are honoured by the Queen.
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British Gas Business has signed a green power deal with Lotus which will provide the capability for the car manufacturer to develop its own renewable assets. Centrica agreed an electric vehicle (EV) strategy with Lotus earlier this year, creating a platform which will integrate EVs into home energy services.
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Boris Johnson’s pledge to become the “Saudi Arabia” of wind is a strong sign of intent but now action is needed turn this promise into reality. This will require whole system changes, dynamic collaboration between sectors and countries and regulatory evolution to ensure our infrastructure base is up to the transition, says Burns & McDonnell managing director, Jonathan Chapman.
Opinion
Utility Week speaks to Damian Darragh, executive chairman of Conrad Energy, following its acquisition of fellow flexible generator Viridis Power. Darragh talks about their plans to add energy storage to their rapidly growing fleet and how falling costs are opening up new opportunities for lithium-ion batteries.
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