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The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has unveiled a “green recovery pathway” for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, whilst creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Meanwhile, politicians and business leaders from the North West, along with SPEN, Cadent and Electricity North West, have launched an “energy masterplan”.
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The Balancing Mechanism – the flexibility market used by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to correct imbalances between supply and demand - saw a large influx of smaller participants over 2020, both in terms of the number and capacity of active units, analysis from Cornwall Insight has revealed. The greatest growth came from aggregated units, which more than doubled in number from 20 to 45 as their combined active capacity rose by more than 87 per cent to around 1.7GW.
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A High Court judge has overturned the decision last year by then business and energy secretary, Alok Sharma, to award a development consent order for the 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore windfarm being developed by Vattenfall. The judge said the secretary of state had acted unlawfully by failing to provide adequate justification for declining to consider the cumulative impacts of the onshore infrastructure for Norfolk Vanguard and its 1.8GW sister project, Norfolk Boreas, when granting planning permission for the former.
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Net zero is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system. This high-level report, in association with Microsoft and Accenture, explores how digital technology and partnership working can help the sector accelerate and scale up to deliver the transition affordably.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of strategy & customer service at UK Power Networks. He discusses the need to present decarbonisation as an economic opportunity rather than a cost burden, why the sector should be promoting “open energy” and three principles to boost consumer participation in the net-zero agenda.
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The latest year-ahead Capacity Market auction has cleared at £45/kW – the highest price seen so far in one of the regular auctions. The T-1 auction for delivery over the 2020/21 winter season procured 2,252MW of de-rated capacity across 156 units.
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Triton Knoll offshore windfarm has begun generating power following the commissioning of the transmission infrastructure for the 857MW array. RWE began installing the 90 turbines that will make up the windfarm in January.
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The standard flexibility contract agreed upon by distribution network operators and the Electricity System Operator at National Grid has received an update based on feedback from industry stakeholders, including Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The contract was developed as part of the Energy Network Association’s Open Networks project to provide a consistent core agreement for those wishing to provide flexibility services.
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Drax has announced its intention to submit a planning application later this month to equip two of the biomass units at its power station in Selby with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The company said the work could potentially begin in 2024, with the first unit becoming operational in 2027.
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Drax has abandoned plans to build up to 3.6GW of new gas generation at its power station in North Yorkshire. The company originally intended to repurpose the steam turbines for its two remaining coal units to create two sets of combined-cycle gas turbines, each with a capacity of up to 1.8GW. Utility Week speaks to chief financial officer Andy Skelton, who also discusses the group's 2020 financial results.
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Building out the current pipeline of 14GW of new combined-cycle gas turbines risks stranding £9 billion of assets, Carbon Tracker has claimed in a new report. The climate change think tank said the 15GW of coal and nuclear plants that are due to close by 2025 could already be replaced more cheaply with a portfolio of clean energy technologies and the savings are set to grow substantially over the coming years as costs continue to fall.
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Can the massive network infrastructure investment needed for net zero be delivered without creating adverse impacts on public engagement or the environment? In a new report, Utility Week and Hitachi ABB Powergrids, explore the challenge.
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Almost 70 per cent of people are in support of a carbon tax that protects lower income households from price increases, research from the Zero Carbon Campaign has found. Alongside the results of an Opinium survey of 2,000 UK adults, the campaign is launching a petition calling on the government to introduce charges on carbon emissions.
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Net zero is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system. This high-level report, in association with Microsoft and Accenture, explores how digital technology and partnership working can help the sector accelerate and scale up to deliver the transition affordably.
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Vattenfall has urged the government to make a “speedy” decision in redetermining planning permission for its Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project after a High Court quashed the development consent order granted for the 1.8GW windfarm in July last year. Justice Holgate said the business and energy secretary at the time, Alok Sharma, had failed to adequately justify his decision not to consider the cumulative impacts of the onshore infrastructure for Norfolk Vanguard and its equally sized sister project Norfolk Boreas, and had thereby acted unlawfully.
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' latest tender brings the total amount of flexibility services procured to date for the distribution network operator (DNO) to almost 447MW.
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Andrew Urquhart, head of whole system at SSEN Transmission, argues that regional disparities and the volatility and unpredictability of transmission charges are deterring investment in renewables and calls for wider debate over their future.
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