National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has predicted a tightening of capacity margins this winter due to plant closures and outages, with the gap between supply and demand expected to fall to 4.8GW during an average cold spell.
SSE has agreed to sell its 50 per cent stake in three energy-from-waste projects in Yorkshire to an infrastructure fund managed by First Sentier Investors for £995 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in late 2020, subject to approval from the European Commission.
Nearly 12GW of electricity could be delivered in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) round following an announcement that the government is doubling the size of contracts awarded through the mechanism. Utility Week examines the first steps of the government's green recovery plan and gauges reaction from across the sector.
The triumph of offshore wind has shown how long-term policy and price signals can rapidly drive technology forward – and even Boris Johnson is full on behind its expansion. But can the same model work for other renewables, or is it time for a new set of energy market reforms?
Boris Johnson’s pledge to become the “Saudi Arabia” of wind is a strong sign of intent but now action is needed turn this promise into reality. This will require whole system changes, dynamic collaboration between sectors and countries and regulatory evolution to ensure our infrastructure base is up to the transition, says Burns & McDonnell managing director, Jonathan Chapman.
Utility Week speaks to Damian Darragh, executive chairman of Conrad Energy, following its acquisition of fellow flexible generator Viridis Power. Darragh talks about their plans to add energy storage to their rapidly growing fleet and how falling costs are opening up new opportunities for lithium-ion batteries.
The UK's assumption about carbon costs underpins some huge programmes - not least the smart meter rollout. It has to reflect assumptions about how costs will change over the long term and can't swing on the whim of today's market.
Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
The solar sector remains deeply divided over the continuing feed-in tariff (FIT) wrangle, with some firms arguing that a drawn-out legal challenge and appeal process is more damaging for the industry than the proposed cuts.
SSE has amassed over a gigawatt of operating onshore wind capacity, the company announced today.