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.
What new pressures on reliability and resilience will tomorrow’s net zero energy system create? Denise Chevin posed the question to participants at a recent Utility Week roundtable in association with S&C Electric.
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.
The government has decided to hold off on requiring all units in the Capacity Market to also register in the Balancing Mechanism to allow more time for remaining barriers to entry to be removed. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said it still considers the requirement a “worthy change” but it will not be implemented in time for prequalification in 2022 as proposed in a consultation in March.
Flexibility markets should factor in carbon impacts, rather than just prioritising delivery at the lowest cost, an industry expert has urged. Jeff Hardy, a senior research fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, also called for greater integration between markets at the local and national level to enable providers to “stack up” deals.
To deliver a cost effective and equitable transition to net zero, the full potential of system data and digitalisation must be brought to bear. But what key enablers must be in place to support this, and what specific outcomes should the industry be looking to achieve? Download our report for unique insight into expert industry views.
Greater flexibility could cut energy system costs by £16.7 billion per year by 2050, according to new research from the Carbon Trust and Imperial College London. The report said flexibility should be embedded into all sectors of the energy system – power, heat and transport – to reduce the impact and cost of their decarbonisation.
As governments, economies and industries are challenged with meeting Net Zero by 2050, the UK water industry has gone a step further and pledged its own deadline of 2030. In doing so, it has set a standard against which other industries should be measured. Such impressive targets won't be met without innovation, work, and a healthy dash of legislation though, as ABB's Rich Gee explains.
Distribution network operators have adopted a common approach to evaluating flexibility as an alternative to reinforcement when dealing with network constraints. The Energy Networks Association said the new methodology will give flexibility providers greater confidence in decisions by ensuring they are made transparently and consistently.
The government has been urged to “stop the drift to central planning” by phasing out the Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market schemes by the mid-2020s and replacing them with a mandate on market participants to bring about decarbonisation. The Energy Systems Catapult said they have been effective in increasing renewables' share of the electricity mix but are now “progressively undermining wholesale markets” and creating a situation whereby “policymakers effectively choose which technologies to support”.
Three of EDF’s nuclear units – one each at the Dungeness B, Heysham 2 and Torness power stations – have dropped out of the latest four-year-ahead (T-4) Capacity Market auction before it cleared at an annual price £18/kW. Meanwhile, agreements have been secured by three new open-cycle gas turbines being developed by Drax.