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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Stanley, director of digital operations at Elexon, explains how its new cloud-based software platform will support the move to market-wide half-hourly settlement, streamline its code change process and help industry to access and analyse market data.
Proposals have been unveiled by Sembcorp Energy UK and US firm 8 Rivers Capital to build the UK’s first net zero power plant at the Wilton International site on Teesside. The Whitetail Clean Energy project could be online by 2025 and Sembcorp Industries' chief executive has told Utility Week there is potential to build more at the site.
Ofgem has granted urgent status to a Grid Code modification proposed by SSE to address an issue over the fault ride through requirements for generators. SSE raised the modification after National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) instructed generators to temporarily restrict their output in instances where they did not stay connected and continue operating during a “normal” fault. The ESO said it has seen a “growing number" of these incidents which present a "serious risk" to the power grid.
Ofgem has confirmed its intention to expose distributed generators with a capacity of less than 100MW to wider transmission network charges. The regulator announced the change as part of the minded-to decision for its significant code review looking at forward-looking charges and grid access arrangements.
Norwegian state-owned oil company Equinor has announced plans to build a further 1.2GW of hydrogen production facility in the UK, primarily to fuel the 900MW Keadby hydrogen plant. The company had already revealed plans to construct a 600MW autothermal reformer in Saltend to produce so-called blue hydrogen.
Payments made to generators to manage constraints on the transmission network are forecast to rise to between £1 billion and £2.5 billion per year by the mid-2020s, according to National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO). The ESO said the costs, which currently amount to around £0.5 billion per year, are then expected fall back down to similar levels by the end of the decade as major new transmission projects come online.
Is there a firm future for co-located hybrid technologies on generation sites – or is it a passing fashion? Denise Chevin moderated a Utility Week roundtable discussion in association with Addleshaw Goddard to find out.