Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published an open letter announcing the next steps in their joint review of the offshore transmission regime. The review will be split into three main workstreams covering “early opportunities”, the “pathway to 2030” and the “enduring regime”, as well as a fourth cross-cutting workstream on multi-purpose interconnectors.
The government may need to provide “more direct support” for testbed low-carbon technologies, according to the Treasury’s interim Net Zero Review. The report says the government will also need to consider how to recoup lost tax revenues on the consumption of fossil fuels and from emissions-intensive industries, including the move from petrol to electric vehicles.
The publication of the Energy White Paper this week capped a whirlwind of policy updates on how the UK will hit its 2050 net-zero goal. Among these, the Climate Change Committee’s substantial Sixth Carbon Budget stood out, setting a clear vision and hard deadlines for decarbonisation. David Blackman looks at how it is likely to influence the government’s evolving net-zero strategy.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created - many in poorer areas that need them most - by taking a decentralised approach to energy investment, Stephen Fitzpatrick has said. The Ovo Group founder wants the government to shift its decarbonisation focus away from large-scale infrastructure and instead encourage private capital towards energy efficiency and decarbonised distributed infrastructure.
Until recently, the climate change message was a study in reasoned, intellectual persuasion but over the past few months the mood music has changed. Suzanne Heneghan discusses how the sector can cut through the acrimony and noise.
The European Commission has approved the Capacity Market after an eight-month investigation, saying it complies with EU State Aid rules and is necessary to guarantee security of electricity supply in the UK
It’s difficult to modify National Grid’s balancing mechanism to take into account the environmental costs of different generation technologies, but Phil Hart, of Cranfield University, says there are some simple solutions.
Dr Matthew Lockwood gives his view on the role lobbying by big energy firms played in the breakdown of the system. He argues that new ways of making energy policy are essential if the UK is serious about reaching its net-zero goal.
How can the sector promote trust, fairness and legitimacy at the same time as tackling the urgent transformations linked to the net-zero journey and technological advances? A panel including Ofwat’s Jonson Cox, Lord Deben, Northern Powergrid CEO Phil Jones and Michael Lewis of Eon, gave their view as part of the New Deal for Utilities debate
The UK’s energy system arrives late to the data revolution, but thanks to new government-backed data strategies, industry initiatives and cutting edge technologies like digital twins and machine learning, it is paving the way for a brighter digital future. Stephen Cousins kicks off our Flex data special.
As storm clouds replaced the sunshine at the seaside and shockwaves from the Supreme Court reverberated around the conference hall, the Labour Party ended its Brighton conference with a firm commitment to decarbonisation, voting in favour of a motion to deliver net-zero emissions by 2030.
The absence of a clear policy, regulatory and market framework is making it difficult to scale up low-carbon technologies such as heat pumps and drive down costs, BEAMA has warned. The trade body for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure has released a new report outlining the changes it considers necessary to achieve the government’s 2050 net-zero target.
Crowd Charge has launched a new smart charging app that enables drivers to charge their electric vehicles at times when their supply is cheapest or greenest. The app can also facilitate vehicle-to-grid charging, allowing users to earning money by reselling power during periods of high demand.
Former Npower chief executive Paul Massara has said that this month's power cut should prompt a period of reflection from the industry on resilience and better planning for who gets cut off in a blackout.