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A report by Carbon Brief found that electricity generated by renewable sources overtook fossil fuels in Q3 2019, the first time since the Industrial Revolution. Increased wind capacity was largely to thank for the increase.
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As more details emerge on the causes of last Friday’s power cut, the former head of engineering at National Grid argues the blackout should prompt a complete rethink of its strategy for dealing with outages and the growing volatility of the electricity system.
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Proposals for a new way to fund nuclear projects last month have provided some welcome positivity to a part of the market all too accustomed to criticism. David Blackman looks at how the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model could impact nuclear’s role in the energy market.
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Among the many entertaining stories to emerge during Boris Johnson’s colourful leadership campaign was how our new PM once played God in his school play. Listening to his victorious speech on the steps of Downing Street, Suzanne Heneghan says it was pretty easy to see why
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The government has confirmed key details of the fourth Contracts for Difference auction, to open in late 2021. The auction’s capacity will increase from 5.8GW in 2019 to 12GW, with offshore wind moved to its own pot. Floating offshore wind projects will be able to bid for contracts for the first time, while onshore wind and solar will be allowed to compete once again. The government has also launched a consultation on a Supply Chain Plan, aimed at “increasing the competitiveness of UK manufacturers”.
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The Welsh Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into how the UK Government can best support the development of the principality’s renewable energy resources.
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Utility Week’s policy correspondent David Blackman discusses the implications on the utilities sector of Boris Johnson’s plan for a “green industrial revolution”. He assesses the winners and losers from the speech, as well as the areas where question marks remain.
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Regina Finn, Ofwat’s first chief executive and now chair of the Low Carbon Contracts Company, talks to Utility Week about her career and the future of Contracts for Difference. She discusses the role of auctions for emerging technologies, starting with next year’s bumper round and whether they could extend beyond the power sector. She also gives her view on how regulation should reflect the net-zero journey.
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A ban on the sale of internal combustion engine cars and gas boilers should be brought forward to as soon as 2030, the pioneering citizens assembly set up to help chart the UK’s route to net-zero emissions has recommended. The first report from the 110-strong Climate Assembly UK also expressed strong support for on and offshore wind generation and solar but was considerably cooler on nuclear and fossil fuels with CCS
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The UK could secure two thirds of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030 at no extra cost to meeting half of total demand. This is according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), which cites the plunging cost of solar and wind power in recent years as a spur to go “further, faster without hitting consumers in the pocket”.
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The UK needs three new nuclear plants the size of Hinkley Point C in order to generate enough low-carbon power to meet its climate change targets, a leading union has warned. As part of its ten-point plan for a green recovery in the energy sector, Prospect has called for the construction of 10GW of new nuclear capacity by 2030.
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The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has petitioned the government to make an extra £2 billion of annual subsidies available through future Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions, primarily to help develop emerging renewable technologies such as wave and tidal power. Utility Week speaks to Frank Gordon, the REA's head of policy.
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This major report, available exclusively to Utility Week members, presents an in-depth look at the talking points, challenges and to-do lists for boardrooms across the energy and water sectors. We will be examining what’s in the regulators and government’s in-trays, mapping out the crunch points for the net-zero agenda and pinpointing our influencers for 2020. This report is exclusively available to Utility Week members. To find out how to get a copy, please contact JoNikiforov@fav-house.com .
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