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The UK needs to demonstrate by the end of this decade whether technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere can have a role to play in meeting the net zero target, a senior figure at the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned. CCC head of carbon budgets David Joffe: “It’s not clear we can make net zero if we take those off the table, which is why it is really important to prove this is feasible.”
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Independent energy developers Carlton Power and Stag Energy have announced plans to merge their operations to focus on energy storage and grid stability services including the provision of system inertia, reactive power and short circuit capacity. The combined company will also continue the development of a portfolio of green hydrogen production projects and launch a new carbon advisory business later this year.
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Hunterston B nuclear power station finally went offline at 12pm on Friday (7 January) after almost five decades of operation. The EDF-run power station is closing at least a year earlier than previously scheduled after the Office for Nuclear Regulation cleared the first of its two reactors to resume operations for a period of only six months.
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Drax plans to invest £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in 2022, the company has announced. As part of this investment, Drax has awarded a contract with the Australian industrial engineering firm Worley to start front-end engineering and design at the beginning of next year for the two BECCS units it is planning to build at its power station in North Yorkshire.
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Sembcorp Energy UK has revealed plans to build Europe’s largest battery storage system at the Wilton International chemicals park in Teesside. The company said it already has the land and grid connections available to enable the swift installation of the batteries, which will have a generation capacity of 360MW.
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Ofgem is consulting on its minded-to decision to approve a code modification that would remove generators’ liability to pay Balancing Services Use of System charges. The decision aligns with the recommendations of the second Balancing Services Charges Taskforce, which said the charges should be levied entirely on final demand.
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Darren Williams argues that it would be a profound mistake to jeopardise dedicated biomass by increasing co-firing subsidies.
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Energy policy is trying to find the right balance between affordability, security of supply, and mitigating climate change. The Department of Energy and Climate Change's request for evidence on the future of gas-fired generation, which closed in June, represents one of the significant elements in this policy debate.
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Rumoured cuts of 25 per cent in subsidies paid to wind power are off the mark, secretary of state Ed Davey told the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Select Committe today. He promised that revised subsidy levels in the Renewables Obligation - delayed several times and most recently due for publication today - would be published by 30 September.
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Scottish Power Renewables has signed deals with other wind farm developers in Scotland to let them use data from its Kincardine radar station. The agreements could help move some 110MW of projects through the planning system, according to the firm.
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MJ Deschamps assesses the likelihood of outages in London during the Olympics when an extra two million people will be in the capital.
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Sponsor utilities and others are using the high profile of the Olympics to trial and publicise sustainable technologies. Justin Pugsley reports.
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German plans to store power in mountains show promise, but a surge in renewables is driving down prices and undermining the economics of an Alpine battery, says Simon Jones
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Government today gave consent to two major wind farms off the Norfolk coast. Centrica's 580MW Race Bank, consent for which the company has been waiting for three and a half years, and Warwick Energy's 560MW Dudgeon scheme were given the go-ahead by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has asked for evidence from renewable energy developers on the availability of power purchase agreements (PPAs), and suggested intervention may be needed to stimulate the declining market for the agreements.
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