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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 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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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its final budget notice for upcoming fourth Contracts for Difference allocation round, which will award up to £285 million annual subsidies to low-carbon generators. The figure has increased by £20 million from its draft budget notice in September after the department announced additional ring-fenced funding for tidal stream projects earlier this week.
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The low efficiency of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) means that plants using the technology will require heavy subsidies, an academic has warned. Dr Daniel Quiggin, senior research fellow at the Chatham House Institute, raised concerns about BECCS during a hearing of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on Thursday (25 November).  
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A government-commissioned study has settled on two options as the best support mechanisms for of a first-of-a-kind bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plant. The report prepared by Element Energy and Vivid Economics for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recommended either a standalone Contracts for Difference mechanism for carbon prices or negative emissions payments combined with the existing CfDs for low-carbon electricity generation.
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Three possible pathways towards the decarbonisation of the economy have been set out in the Net Zero Strategy. The strategy noted that the three scenarios – high electrification, high resource and high innovation – are only intended to be illustrative, representing a range of practical ways in which net zero could be delivered rather than the mostly likely or preferred solutions.
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The Health and Safety Executive has announced its intention to prosecute Drax Power for failing to properly control the exposure of its workers to wood dust from the biomass pellets used as fuel at its power station Selby. The regulator said the prosecution follows an investigation that was initiated after it was officially notified of five Drax employees being exposed to the wood dust, with the first notification being received in October 2015.
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Drax’s head of sustainability Dr Becky Heaton is stepping down from her membership of the Climate Change Committee after concerns were raised that combining the two roles represented a conflict of interest. The announcement comes ahead of Heaton’s move to become director of sustainability at Ovo later this summer.
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The government has been urged by Labour to rethink its new blanket ban on new Contracts for Difference (CfDs) for biomass by allowing projects fitted with carbon capture technology to compete in auctions. In a House of Commons debate on Tuesday night, held to approve new CfD regulations, shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead said the opposition backed the government’s overall proposal to exclude conversions of coal-fired power stations to biomass plants. 
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Future Biogas has revealed plans to build new 25 biogas plants by 2028, all equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS), whilst installing CCS at 20 or more existing sites, including a number of the 10 biogas plants it already operates. Utility Week speaks to the company's chief executive Philipp Lukas.
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