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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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Incoming sustainability legislation will demand higher standards for biomass feedstocks, or subsidies won't be paid. Matthew Aylott explains.
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Darren Williams argues that it would be a profound mistake to jeopardise dedicated biomass by increasing co-firing subsidies.
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Securing sustainable feedstocks for the 300 biomass plants planned is absolutely critical for the sector's success. Miles Thomas discusses.
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The European Union must move as fast as possible to set out standards on sustainability for biomass, so that potential project developers and fuel suppliers can begin to set up long term agreements. That was the message last night from the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Biomass Group.
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