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Octopus Energy Group has added £3.4 billion worth of renewable energy projects to its portfolio with the acquisition of sister company Octopus Renewables. From June the large retailer will manage Octopus Renewables’ European portfolio of more than 300 green assets under new business arm Octopus Energy Generation. Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus Group, the parent company of both businesses, said he hoped the move would unlock a “multitude of new investment opportunities”.
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Crown Estate Scotland has raised the maximum option fees for its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round by ten-fold to £100,000/km². The decision follows a review of the arrangements that was launched after the winners in the Crown Estate’s fourth offshore wind leasing round for England and Wales agreed to pay option fees initially worth £879 million per year for almost 8GW of capacity its first competitive bidding process.
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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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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of strategy & customer service at UK Power Networks. He discusses the need to present decarbonisation as an economic opportunity rather than a cost burden, why the sector should be promoting “open energy” and three principles to boost consumer participation in the net-zero agenda.
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Most microgeneration installer firms are small, young and regional, leaving the sector vulnerable to 'cowboy' accusations, says Richard Hanna.
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Two big onshore wind farm proposals in Wales will go to a public enquiry after Powys County Council objected to Vattenfall's intended Llanbadarn Fynydd scheme and RWE Npower's Carnedd Wen scheme.
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SSE said today it has agreed to buy the generation assets of Endesa Ireland for £256 million. Expected to complete within the next three months, the deal will give the firm four plants (two fuel oil, two peaking gasoil) with a total capacity of 1068MW.
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Friends of the Earth has urged people write to energy secretary Ed Davey to demand that the government supports UK renewables as the Energy Bill passes through parliament. The organisation also wants those that support green energy to do something about it and switch to either Good Energy or Ecotricity.
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Recent changes of government in Europe and interventions in the energy market by politicians are destabilising confidence and choking off long-term investment, warns Nigel Hawkins.
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If CCS is to be commercialised, we need coherent, clear business rules to govern the operation of integrated networks, argues Clive Ashworth.
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