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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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"Onerous" new government regulations, which make all floating wind power projects spell out their supply chain plans regardless of their size, threaten to “impede” the fledgling sector's development, Labour’s shadow energy minister has warned. During a House of Commons debate on revisions to Contracts for Difference regulations, Alan Whitehead questioned why the government intends to remove the 300MW minimum size threshold that applies to other types of projects.
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Companies in the offshore wind industry have announced plans to increase voltage of the power cables in arrays from 66kV to 132kV. They said the rise in voltage will improve the efficiency of electricity collection, facilitate the deployment of larger, more powerful turbines, and lower costs and environmental impacts by reducing the length of cables.
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"Tens of billions" of pounds worth of investment is required to upgrade the UK’s transmission system as the generation mix decarbonises, a major study by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) is set to conclude. Giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the security of energy supplies, the ESO's director of corporate affairs Jake Rigg noted the significant bottleneck between Scotland and England, with the former already host to a 35GW pipeline of offshore wind generation.
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Maturing technology, combined with mounting pressure on global supply chains, means the previous trend of “ever cheaper” renewables “may be at an end.” Renewable UK issued the warning as it released a new manifesto for achieving the government’s aim of creating net zero power grid by 2035.
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The government is examining changes to the rules governing Contracts for Difference (CfD) projects to prevent developers delaying their participation in the support scheme in order to take advantage of soaring wholesale market electricity prices. During a debate on updates to the CfD regulations in the House of Lords, energy minister Lord Callanan said the government has already made it clear to the industry that such actions are "not within the spirit of the scheme".
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Concerns about paying energy costs dwarf worries about other types of bills amongst the public, according to a new government survey. The spring edition of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's energy and climate public attitudes tracker survey, published on Thursday (16 June), found 58% of those polled were more concerned about energy bills than any other.
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Scottish Power Renewables has announced Charlie Jordan as its new chief executive. The announcement brings together the company’s offshore business, led by Jordan in the UK and Ireland, as well as the onshore portfolio led by the departing Lindsay McQuade, under a single chief executive.
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The total cost of switching off wind farms to manage constraints on the power grid hit a record high of £507 million in 2021, according to analysis by LCP, up from £299 million the year before. In a new report, the consultancy said the more than £200 million increase, which occurred despite 2020 holding the record for curtailment volumes, was the result of higher costs for turning up gas generation to replace the lost wind output.
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The government should not go back to the drawing board with its mooted electricity market review, SSE has argued, whilst warning that introducing locational wholesale pricing will "significantly increase uncertainty" for investors in large-scale energy projects. In an updated response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee's ongoing inquiry into energy supply and investment, the company raised concerns about the Review of Electricity Market Arrangements, which was announced in the government’s recently published energy security strategy.
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A new task force has been launched to ensure the UK maximises the benefits of floating offshore wind and becomes a “superpower” of the burgeoning technology. Renewable UK and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult have worked with central government, as well as the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales, to create the Floating Offshore Wind Task Force.
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The Crown Estate has committed a further £25 million to its programme to harness data to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind generation. The Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme aims to bring together key stakeholders to gather and share evidence that can facilitate the growth of the offshore wind sector in a way that protects and enhances the environment.
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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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