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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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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 revealed details of the fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, including its £265 million budget. While the bulk of subsidies will go towards offshore wind, £24 million has been ringfenced for floating offshore projects. Established technologies will share £10 million, with a cap of 5GW of capacity.
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Octopus Energy is partnering with Severn Trent to develop renewable energy assets on land owned by the water supplier. Speaking to Utility Week Zoisa North-Bond, chief executive of Octopus Energy Generation, said the goal was to develop “direct wire” assets for Severn Trent sites, where power is generated close to where it is consumed.
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Ofgem has launched an investigation into a company which provides solar panels and sells the electricity produced to social housing tenants in Stoke-on-Trent. The Community Energy Scheme was set up in 2018 and is an arrangement between Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Community Energy Scheme UK.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has partnered with the non-profit startup Open Climate Fix to develop a “first-of-a-kind” near-term forecasting service for solar generation using artificial intelligence. The ESO said the “nowcasting” service will allow its control room to minimise the amount of fossil fuel generation held in reserve to cover swings in solar output as clouds move across the sky, lowering both emissions and costs.
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Customers of disruptor brand Social Energy have become the first green residential “prosumers” in Britain after they claimed certificates for power they produced from rooftop solar. The small energy supplier has revealed it took part in an 18-month trial with Ofgem which saw customers claim renewable energy guarantees of origin (REGO) certificates for the power they produced.
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Octopus Energy is continuing its global expansion with a move into the Spanish energy market following the acquisition of green energy startup Umeme. Octopus Energy Spain is targeting 1 million Spanish energy accounts by 2027 as part of its wider ambition to secure 100 million accounts globally in the same time frame.
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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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A new campaign estimates that local climate bonds issued by councils could raise as much as £3 billion to fund green energy projects in England. The crowdfunded bonds will allow councils to raise capital to fund specific initiatives in their wards such as solar panel installations and wind farms. A pilot of the scheme has already raised £2 million for two local authorities in England.
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Pure Planet has unveiled a product which aims to create a simplified flexibility proposition and unlock new revenue streams for the supplier. The app-based energy supplier, in which BP has a 24 per cent stake, has partnered with Lightsource BP’s Lightsource Labs to use the latter’s energy management technology, called Tribe, and virtual power plant platform to optimise flexible assets in the home.
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Refraining from building new nuclear and gas plants may not have a significant impact on the overall costs of creating a net zero energy system, a new report has found. The paper, titled ‘Renewable Nation: Pathways to a zero carbon Britain', was produced by Good Energy using modelling from the Energy Systems Catapult.
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