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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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Gas and power prices reached new record highs over the last few days as concerns over gas stocks for the coming winter fed through to the power market and amplified price spikes due to unusually low wind generation. An analyst for price reporting firm ICIS said the surge in gas prices seen over recent weeks and months is like nothing the company has ever witnessed in nearly three decades covering the market.
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Wholesale power prices hit a new high over the weekend after low wind output, summer maintenance outages and high gas and carbon prices combined to create a “perfect storm.” In an occurrence that has become increasingly rare outside of the winter season, a number of coal units were switched on to help keep up with demand on Monday. EnAppSys director Phil Hewitt talked to Utility Week about the reasons behind the surging power prices and what to expect next.
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Siemens Gamesa has launched a wind turbine blade that can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle, in what the company claims is a world first. The first six 81-meter long ‘RecyclableBlades’ have been produced at the company's factory in Aalborg, Denmark, as the first stage of a plan to create a fully recyclable wind turbine by 2040.
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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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So Energy’s new chief executive has said she believes the vertically integrated model for energy retail is vital in the transition to net zero, adding that key players need “fingers in all pies”. Monica Collings was speaking to Utility Week following the announcement that Irish utility ESB had acquired a more than 75 per cent stake in the UK disruptor brand, merging it with ESB’s GB energy retail arm.
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Chinese firm MingYang Smart Energy has launched what is set to become the world’s largest and most powerful with offshore wind turbine. As indicated by the name, the MySE 16.0-242 will have a generation capacity of 16MW and a rotor diameter of 242 metres. Each blade will be 118 metres long.
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Centrica Energy Trading has secured three long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a total capacity of more than 266MW. The 10-year deal with Helsinki-based renewable fund manager and developer, Taaleri Energia, is for three windfarms across Finland and Sweden.
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Gas turbines fuelled by hydrogen or fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be “essential” for creating a net zero energy system, according to analysis from Aurora Energy Research. In a new report, the consultancy forecast that the electrification of heating and transport will push peak power demand to 80GW by 2050, requiring large amounts of flexible and firm low-carbon generation to keep the lights on during extended periods of low renewable output.
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In Utility Week’s latest round-up of the weekends’ papers: Climate Change Committee chair Lord Deben says the prime minister’s delay in publishing a net zero strategy has left room for sceptics to “complain, attack and undermine” and environmental campaigners warn the government’s plan for the replacement of gas boilers “barely scratches the surface”.
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Octopus Renewables has invested millions in an Irish renewables developer which specialises in floating offshore wind, leaving it with a 24 per cent stake in the company. The company’s investment in Simply Blue Holdings, the parent company of Simply Blue Group (SBG), was made through Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT), as well as another fund managed by Octopus Renewables.
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