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Great Britain's power grid is on track to see its first periods of zero-carbon electricity in just four years’ time, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has confirmed. The ESO had already announced its ambition to make the electricity system ready for zero-carbon operation by 2025 when it became a legally separate entity within the National Grid group in April 2019.
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The Green Investment Group has acquired its first grid-scale battery projects in the UK from the storage developer Capbal. The transaction covers a portfolio of seven distribution-connected battery systems with combined storage capacity of 187MWh that will be strategically located in highly congested areas of the power grid, including Scotland and the South East.
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Solar and storage developer Anesco has been acquired by Aksiom Services Group - a joint venture between the infrastructure services company Aksiom and the US-based private equity firm Ara Partners - for an undisclosed sum. Anesco has developed and constructed more than 115 solar farms and energy storage facilities, including the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm.
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The government’s ambitious target to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 will inevitably lead to more pressure on the utilities sector to deliver on its own decarbonisation plans. As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at where that pressure is likely to be applied.
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Flexible Connections were once seen as a key enabler for the cost effective and timely addition of renewable generation to the grid. However, the product has not adapted to address concerns around market access, liabilities and long-term optionality. Smarter Grid Solutions co-founder Alan Gooding looks at what went wrong, and suggests some solutions.
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Norwegian utility Statkraft's trading update for the last quarter of 2011 makes interesting reading.
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Nicola Williams and Claire Bertram question the wisdom of introducing a licence condition to prevent generators exploiting transmission constraint payments, when Remit is acting at a European level.
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A timely reminder about how much strain our energy networks can be put under was provided by David Clarke, Energy Technologies Institute chief executive, when he gave the Bridge Lecture last week. He noted (see news story, page 4) that domestic gas usage can increase sixfold between summer and winter.
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The UK government now seems to have accepted that new unabated gas-fired power stations will be required when dirtier plant is closed after 2015. New combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) have lower emissions than coal, yet retain the flexibility required to accommodate variable renewables.
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A legal battle over a tax on uranium and plutonium that was put in place last year to fund Germany's transition away from nuclear power and fossil fuels to renewable energy is the latest twist in the country's nuclear saga, says David Stellfox
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Another deal signed at today's Anglo-French summit was an agreement to develop an interconnector between France, Alderney and Britain which would help transport tidal power from the island's waters and create another power trading link between the UK and Europe.
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Prime minister David Cameron and the French president Nicolas Sarkozy today made a bid to repair relations and attract positive headlines by signing an agreement on nuclear power that has long been in the offing. EDF aims to build four new nuclear plants in the UK. Today's agreement formalises UK-France cooperation.
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Sir Michael Pitt is adamant that transferring infrastructure planning from the Infrastructure Planning Commission to the Planning Inspectorate in April won't delay applications. He explains why to Roger Milne.
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Small and medium sized companies have a growing interest in generating their own renewable energy, according to research from Opus Energy. The supplier said 32 per cent of companies surveyed expecting to introduce solar panels, wind turbines or anaerobic digestion, and 38 per cent expected to generate their own renewable energy within five years.
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