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A government-commissioned study has settled on two options as the best support mechanisms for of a first-of-a-kind bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plant. The report prepared by Element Energy and Vivid Economics for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recommended either a standalone Contracts for Difference mechanism for carbon prices or negative emissions payments combined with the existing CfDs for low-carbon electricity generation.
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The government has provisionally chosen the first net-zero industrial clusters to receive funding for the construction of carbon capture and storage infrastructure. In a statement to parliament, energy and climate change minister Greg Hands revealed that the East Coast and HyNet North West clusters have been selected as the two “track 1” clusters it is aiming to get up and running by the mid-2020s.
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Renewable UK has petitioned the government to double the capacity of onshore wind generation in the country to 30GW by 2030. As one of the cheapest forms of generation available in the UK, the association said this would reduce energy bills by £16.3 billion over the course of the decade – an annual saving of £25 per household – and ensure net zero emissions are achieved at the lowest cost.
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As water companies publish their strategies to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2030, this Utility Week Insight Report in association with Mott MacDonald delves into the challenges they face in cutting emissions from energy whilst reducing bills and boosting resilience. We examine their different approaches to renewable generation, the difficulties of striking Power Purchase Agreements to deliver cheaper green power, and their concerns that new rules from Ofgem could scupper their decarbonisation plans.
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Changes to energy consumption patterns and the increasing prevalence of renewables will require more agile transmission and distribution infrastructure. Matt Brough of Burns & McDonnell looks at the role modular substations can play in this mix.
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Less than one per cent of megaprojects deliver the promised benefits on time and on budget. Download this report from Vision to learn why they go wrong, how you can fix them and why the fix works. The report also explores how these lessons can be applied to all capital projects of scale.
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Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has purchased a 49% stake in the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm from EDF via its subsidiary Vantage RE. The agreement, which will see EDF Renewables UK retain a 51% majority share, includes the existing 41.5 MW windfarm and the development rights for the new Blyth floating offshore wind farm project which will have a capacity of up to 58.4MW.
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Utility Week rounds up responses to this week's slew of green policy announcements, including contributions from EDF, SSE, Western Power Distribution and the Climate Change Committee, among others. While there is praise for the ambition shown, concern is expressed about the lack of concrete timescales and the tendency to “re-announce the same promises”.
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Three possible pathways towards the decarbonisation of the economy have been set out in the Net Zero Strategy. The strategy noted that the three scenarios – high electrification, high resource and high innovation – are only intended to be illustrative, representing a range of practical ways in which net zero could be delivered rather than the mostly likely or preferred solutions.
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The government has pledged in its Net Zero Strategy to look at options, including carbon pricing, to shift green levy costs from electricity to gas, while announcing £620 million of additional funding to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). Utility Week examines the key proposals contained within this long-awaited roadmap to 2050.
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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has seen a surge in domestic flexibility in its latest tender, with more than half of the contracted capacity coming from households reducing or deferring consumption during periods of high demand on the network. The distribution network operator awarded contracts for almost 254MW of flexibility, bringing its total to date to 709MW across 62 locations.
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Balancing the supply and demand of energy is a crucial but highly complex part of the jigsaw puzzle that moving to net zero represents. To be affordable, decarbonisation will require energy to be used and stored in new ways, and consumers to be engaged. Can the sector deliver? In this extract from a major new report from Utility Week and Capgemini, Denise Chevin discusses.
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The government has confirmed that households will be offered £5,000 grants to install low carbon-heating through a new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme in its much-anticipated Heat & Buildings Strategy. The strategy also commits to a new target that by 2035 no new gas boilers will be installed for home heating.
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As part of our Countdown to COP series, Utility Week speaks to EDF’s director of strategy and corporate affairs, Paul Spence. He discusses the need for collective action on driving down the costs of decarbonisation for consumers as well as a comprehensive public education campaign.
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