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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 has proposed using a dual Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism with separate strike prices for electricity generation and negative emissions to spur the development of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power stations. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said this would be "familiar and effective", offering stable revenues to investors whilst also providing paybacks to consumers when power or carbon prices are high.
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The government has allocated £37 million to innovation projects to increase the production of sustainable biomass feedstocks and produce hydrogen using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. The funding is part of the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
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A complaint against Drax over its claims regarding the carbon emissions and environmental impacts of its biomass generation and supply chain has been found to warrant further consideration by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD. The challenge was brought by a coalition of environmental groups, which said the company had made a number of misleading or inaccurate statements that breached the intergovernmental organisation’s guidelines for multinational enterprises.
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The Climate Change Committee (CCC) last month released its latest annual report to the Parliament – the first since the emergence of the energy price crisis that has left many households struggling to pay their bills. Maria Connolly, head of future energy at the law firm TLT, gives a rundown of some of the committee’s main recommendations and the implications for utilities and the energy sector.
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Drax has applied for planning permission for its multi-billion-pound project to create two bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) units at its power station in North Yorkshire. The company claimed they would constitute the largest carbon capture facility in the world, capable of capturing 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
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The UK has risen two places to third in EY’s biannual global ranking of the best places to invest in renewable energy. Positive developments highlighted by the firm included the launch of the government’s new energy security strategy and the awarding of seabed right for tens of gigawatts of generation capacity in the ScotWind leasing round.
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The chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has expressed a lack of confidence that the government will meet its target for the roll out greenhouse gas removal technologies. Based on the current rate of progress, Philip Dunne MP said it requires a “leap of faith” to see how the government will achieve its goal to suck five megatonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year by 2030.
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The UK needs to demonstrate by the end of this decade whether technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere can have a role to play in meeting the net zero target, a senior figure at the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned. CCC head of carbon budgets David Joffe: “It’s not clear we can make net zero if we take those off the table, which is why it is really important to prove this is feasible.”
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The government has announced £26 million of innovation funding for biomass projects to develop low carbon generation sources as the UK works towards its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target.
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Drax plans to invest £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in 2022, the company has announced. As part of this investment, Drax has awarded a contract with the Australian industrial engineering firm Worley to start front-end engineering and design at the beginning of next year for the two BECCS units it is planning to build at its power station in North Yorkshire.
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The application window for the fourth Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round - the largest to date - opened on Monday (13 December). Utility Week speaks to Aurora Energy Research associate Edward Pizzey about how the auctions are likely to play out given the parameters set out by the government in its final budget notice.
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