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The government has committed £100 million towards the development of the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project in Suffolk. The funding, separate to the £1.7 billion announced for new nuclear in last year’s Spending Review, is described as aiming to help EDF bring the project to maturity, attract investors and advance to the next phase in negotiations.
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Ofgem has paused its plans to expose smaller distributed generators to forward-looking transmission network charges after receiving opposition from a “large majority” of the respondents to its consultation on the proposals. However, the regulator said it continues to hold the view that “smaller generators should pay charges equivalent to larger generators where they have an equivalent impact on the network.”
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has issued a consultation on a new methodology for determining the de-rating factors for embedded generators in the Capacity Market, in particular gas and diesel reciprocating engines and energy-from-waste plants. Due to a lack of specific data, conventional generators embedded in distribution networks have previously been grouped together with their closest transmission-connected equivalents – for example, gas engines with open-cycle gas turbines.
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Utility Week speaks to Mark Futyan, chief executive at solar and storage developer Anesco, about the current state of the market for grid-scale batteries, which has quickly grown from nothing to a pipeline of many gigawatts over the last decade. He says a recent rise in battery prices due to supply constraints and surging demand from electric vehicles has done little to stop the boom as they become increasingly valuable to the energy system.  
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Crown Estate Scotland has announced the results of its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round, awarding options agreements to 17 projects with a combined capacity of 24.8GW - around two-and-a-half times the UK's existing offshore wind fleet. They include ten floating offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 14.6GW.   
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The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has said it expects to return more than £39 million of Contracts for Difference payments to suppliers as result of exceptionally high power prices over the last three months of 2021. The body said the final quarter of the year was the first in the scheme’s history in which generators returned more money than they received.
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A new regulatory framework is required to help finance the upfront grid investment seen as key for cost effective delivery of net zero, while protecting consumers, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has argued. Responding to the Welsh Affairs Committee’s ongoing inquiry into grid capacity in Wales, the ESO said this would help to solve a “chicken and egg” concerning investment in new generation and transmission capacity.
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More than 50GW of demand-side flexibility from energy storage, electrolysers and interconnectors will needed by 2030 to soak up surplus renewable and nuclear power, LCP has forecast. The figure was derived from modelling of the government’s energy security strategy, which contained new targets for 24GW of new nuclear and 50GW of offshore wind generation by the end of the current decade.
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This week's roundup of national news coverage includes reports of households resorting to ‘buy now pay later’ loans to cover bills amid reports that a windfall tax on energy giants would not harm UK pension pots, but separately that such a tax would fail to deliver the desired relief to billpayers. Scottish Power’s Keith Anderson warned of a ‘horrific winter’ for customers if the government does not majorly intervene and elsewhere delays in renewables projects threaten the pace of net zero.
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Energy UK has called for the inclusion of a new legislation in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday (10 May) to set the foundations for the energy system over the next decade. The organisation said there has been no major energy legislation since 2013, during which time the sector has changed dramatically. It said a new Energy Bill is now needed to put in place the necessary framework and powers to deliver on the government’s climate commitments.
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Maria Connolly, head of clean energy at law firm TLT, gives her thoughts on the government’s new energy security strategy released in response in response to soaring energy prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She says although the strategy provides some important signals to industry, there are still significant uncertainties, particularly when it comes to technologies like onshore wind, solar and hydrogen.
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Well-intended initiatives by energy companies to improve gender equality in the industry are failing to consistently deliver, in part due to unsupportive company cultures, a new report has revealed. The Powerful Women group highlighted multiple issues including the inconsistent quality and accessibility of mentoring and coaching programmes and the reluctance of women to take advantage of flexible working policies for fear of being overlooked for career opportunities.
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A poll of investors has identified a lack of liquidity and insufficient regulation as the chief blockers to backing renewable energy projects. High costs was also a chief concern for the 100 professional investors polled, who between them manage £118 billion in assets.
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Scottish Power has partnered with carbon capture and storage developer Storegga to build a series of green hydrogen plants in the Scottish Highlands to decarbonise industry and transport in the region, including a number of whisky distilleries. The initial phases of their plans will focus on the Cromarty Firth area to the north of Inverness, with the first project being a 50MW electrolyser facility that they intend to begin operating from 2024.
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Allowing existing renewable and nuclear generators to participate in Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions could save households more than £300 per year on energy bills, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has suggested. A discussion paper published by UKERC said while the energy security strategy promised more nuclear and renewables, this will take time to build and as such it will take longer for the potential savings to be passed onto consumers.
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Ofgem has opted to reduce connection charges for distribution network customers as part of its significant code review of network access arrangements. Network operators will also be required to offer larger users standardised flexible connection options with clear curtailment limits and end dates.
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Ben Godfrey, distribution system operator manager at Western Power Distribution, discusses the company’s efforts to “turbo-charge” the market for flexibility, including through its Flexible Power platform that been adopted by all but one of the distribution network operators in Great Britain and its Intraflex trial of continuous close-to-real-time trading.  
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