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Brexit has pushed the UK to the “back of the queue” for developing interconnectors, Sir Ed Davey has claimed. The former energy and climate change secretary of state said that he “never found any European rules that got in the way” of the UK’s renewable energy push.
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The government has revealed details of the fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, including its £265 million budget. While the bulk of subsidies will go towards offshore wind, £24 million has been ringfenced for floating offshore projects. Established technologies will share £10 million, with a cap of 5GW of capacity.
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Gas and power prices reached new record highs over the last few days as concerns over gas stocks for the coming winter fed through to the power market and amplified price spikes due to unusually low wind generation. An analyst for price reporting firm ICIS said the surge in gas prices seen over recent weeks and months is like nothing the company has ever witnessed in nearly three decades covering the market.
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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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Ofgem has approved a modification to the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) to bring in new settlement arrangements for virtual lead parties to ensure they are correctly compensated for delivering balancing services. P376 will introduce a new optional process for establishing the baseline level of generation or demand at a site which can then be used to calculate the amount of deviation delivered by a virtual lead party when instructed to change its output by National Grid Electricity System Operator.
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Nova Innovation has secured a £6.4 million investment from the Scottish National Investment Bank to fund the manufacturing and distribution of its tidal turbines. The Edinburgh-based company’s 100kW turbines have been operation in Shetland since 2016.
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Wholesale power prices hit a new high over the weekend after low wind output, summer maintenance outages and high gas and carbon prices combined to create a “perfect storm.” In an occurrence that has become increasingly rare outside of the winter season, a number of coal units were switched on to help keep up with demand on Monday. EnAppSys director Phil Hewitt talked to Utility Week about the reasons behind the surging power prices and what to expect next.
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Utility Week policy correspondent David Blackman examines the government’s call for evidence on how the Capacity Market could be redesigned to sift out high-carbon fossil fuel generation and prevent it from being baked into the energy mix for years to come.
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Gas turbines fuelled by hydrogen or fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be “essential” for creating a net zero energy system, according to analysis from Aurora Energy Research. In a new report, the consultancy forecast that the electrification of heating and transport will push peak power demand to 80GW by 2050, requiring large amounts of flexible and firm low-carbon generation to keep the lights on during extended periods of low renewable output.
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Efforts to curb rising temperatures will not succeed if nuclear power is excluded from the generation mix, a UN body has warned. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe said the technology can be a “vital tool” for the continent’s governments as they seek to meet the Paris agreement goals to keep average global temperature increases within 2C of pre-industrial levels.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has launched a new project alongside the Smith Institute to develop an innovative approach to forecasting day-ahead reserve requirements. The ESO said its Dynamic Reserve Setting project will help it to better understand uncertainties in its forecasting data and set reserve levels more accurately, limiting the need to keep fossil fuel plant running as backup.
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The government and Ofgem are considering requiring suppliers to settle their Renewables Obligation on a quarterly basis in an effort to reduce the amount on which they are able to default. The proposals come after a series of supplier failures led to the emergence of large shortfalls in the scheme’s buyout fund in recent years that were subsequently spread across the industry.
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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has agreed to acquire the UK-based energy software company Smarter Grid Solutions for an undisclosed sum. The firm’s software allows distributed energy resources to be integrated together and operated in unison as a “virtual power plant”.  
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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.
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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.
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