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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.
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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.
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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.
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A webinar to explore priorities for digital innovation in the utilities sector as the race for net zero picks up pace. Join for research insights and expert industry views.
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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.
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The government says separate auctions for low-carbon generation may need to be introduced to the Capacity Market to balance security of supply and the need to decarbonise. A call for evidence on changes to the mechanism also considers agreement lengths and how to incentive low-carbon, long-build-time technologies.
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In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, SSE calls for support to extend the lifetime of windfarms, while a coalition of energy firms urges the government to increase the scale and frequency of Contracts for Difference auctions. Meanwhile, Southern Water’s latest financial results show profits down by a third.
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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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Octopus Renewables has acquired the independent distribution network operator (IDNO) Eclipse, as part of its strategy to back a more diverse range of businesses involved in the energy transition.
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Centrica has revealed it is “reconsidering” its plan to sell its 20 per cent stake in the UK’s nuclear fleet. The company made the announcement in its half year financial results. In 2018 the company said it had intended to divest of its interest in the UK’s operational nuclear fleet however it is now examining whether nuclear can play a role for the company in the future.
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Crown Estate Scotland has revealed it received 74 applications for its ScotWind leasing round which closed to applications on Friday (16 July). The corporation said it has now begun assessing the submissions and confirmed the timeline for the next steps in the process.
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Professor Sir Dieter Helm has branded the government’s decision to opt out of the EU’s internal energy market (IEM) while increasing its reliance on interconnectors a “mistake”, which threatens the UK’s security of supply during cold snaps.
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A government-funded smart meter trial led to a dramatic reduction in average annual energy bills, while at the same time decreasing consumers’ carbon footprints.
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Utilities companies are brimming with ambition to accelerate net zero but how do we ensure that regulators do not end up choking this momentum? In this free webinar, a panel of experts, including the former chief executive of Ofgem will discuss what regulation looks like in a net-zero world.
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Nearly two dozen companies have now confirmed they have submitted bids to the ScotWind offshore wind leasing round. The consortia they have formed include most of Europe’s largest oil companies, with a significant proportion making proposals for floating offshore windfarms, either explicitly or implicitly. Utility Week presents a round-up of the various announcements.
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