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The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has unveiled a “green recovery pathway” for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, whilst creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Meanwhile, politicians and business leaders from the North West, along with SPEN, Cadent and Electricity North West, have launched an “energy masterplan”.
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The Balancing Mechanism – the flexibility market used by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to correct imbalances between supply and demand - saw a large influx of smaller participants over 2020, both in terms of the number and capacity of active units, analysis from Cornwall Insight has revealed. The greatest growth came from aggregated units, which more than doubled in number from 20 to 45 as their combined active capacity rose by more than 87 per cent to around 1.7GW.
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A High Court judge has overturned the decision last year by then business and energy secretary, Alok Sharma, to award a development consent order for the 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore windfarm being developed by Vattenfall. The judge said the secretary of state had acted unlawfully by failing to provide adequate justification for declining to consider the cumulative impacts of the onshore infrastructure for Norfolk Vanguard and its 1.8GW sister project, Norfolk Boreas, when granting planning permission for the former.
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Triton Knoll offshore windfarm has begun generating power following the commissioning of the transmission infrastructure for the 857MW array. RWE began installing the 90 turbines that will make up the windfarm in January.
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Building out the current pipeline of 14GW of new combined-cycle gas turbines risks stranding £9 billion of assets, Carbon Tracker has claimed in a new report. The climate change think tank said the 15GW of coal and nuclear plants that are due to close by 2025 could already be replaced more cheaply with a portfolio of clean energy technologies and the savings are set to grow substantially over the coming years as costs continue to fall.
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One of the next Holyrood government’s first acts of the following May’s Scottish Parliament elections should be to make energy and net zero a Cabinet level portfolio, a trade body has urged.
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Net zero is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system. This high-level report, in association with Microsoft and Accenture, explores how digital technology and partnership working can help the sector accelerate and scale up to deliver the transition affordably.
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Vattenfall has urged the government to make a “speedy” decision in redetermining planning permission for its Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project after a High Court quashed the development consent order granted for the 1.8GW windfarm in July last year. Justice Holgate said the business and energy secretary at the time, Alok Sharma, had failed to adequately justify his decision not to consider the cumulative impacts of the onshore infrastructure for Norfolk Vanguard and its equally sized sister project Norfolk Boreas, and had thereby acted unlawfully.
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Andrew Urquhart, head of whole system at SSEN Transmission, argues that regional disparities and the volatility and unpredictability of transmission charges are deterring investment in renewables and calls for wider debate over their future.
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Crown Estate Scotland has extended the application window for its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round to give itself time to conduct a review of the option fee arrangements. An industry source told Utility Week that the publicly-owned corporation made the decision under pressure from Scottish ministers who feared the rights would be sold for too little following the high prices seen in the recent tender for The Crown Estate's fourth offshore wind leasing round.
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Danish manufacturer Vestas has revealed plans for a record-breaking 15MW wind turbine, which will snatch the title of the world’s most powerful from the 14MW model unveiled by Siemens Gamesa in 2020. As indicated by the name, the V236 15.0MW turbine will have a rotor diameter of 236 metres – also the world’s largest – with blades more than 115 metres long.
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The Crown Estate has awarded seabed leasing rights to 8GW of new offshore wind generation as part of its fourth leasing round. The six projects around England and Wales were selected through a competitive tender process and will now need to pass an environmental assessment before they are granted lease agreements.  
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SSE has confirmed it expects to see its earnings reduced by roughly £200 million over its current financial year due to the effects of the coronavirus. In a third quarter trading update, the company said the impact of the pandemic on its operating profit is anticipated to fall towards the middle of the £150 million to £250 million range originally estimated in its last full-year results in June 2020.
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EDF Renewables has revealed plans to install up to five floating turbines for phase two of its Blyth Offshore Demonstrator windfarm off the coast of Northumberland. The turbines will be situated 14 kilometres from the shore in water depths of around 55 metres.
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Octopus Energy has launched a new time-of-use tariff that is only available to people living nearby to two wind turbines bought by the company and enables them to receive cheaper electricity when it is windy. The 500kW turbines, located at Caerphilly in South Wales and Market Weighton in Yorkshire, are the first to be acquired by the supplier and each produce enough power annually to meet the needs of around 400 homes.
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