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The UK has risen two places to third in EY’s biannual global ranking of the best places to invest in renewable energy. Positive developments highlighted by the firm included the launch of the government’s new energy security strategy and the awarding of seabed right for tens of gigawatts of generation capacity in the ScotWind leasing round.
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The wholesale electricity market is “no longer fit for purpose” and, if left unchanged, will impose excessive and unnecessary costs on consumers, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has warned in a new report. The ESO said the current market design, based on a blanket national wholesale price for electricity, is contributing to a dramatic rise in constraints costs and inefficiencies in balancing the power grid, whilst also undermining the capability to deliver demand-side flexibility.
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Kwasi Kwarteng has asked the Electricity System Operator (ESO) to work with the industry to bolster UK security of supply by delivering non-gas fired, including coal, generating capacity for next winter.
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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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A major new report proposes key reforms to enable the energy retail market to deliver for customers and net zero. It examines where action can be taken now on easing affordability pressures, evolving regulation and wholesale markets and ensuring a healthy, competitive energy retail market.
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The inaugural UK Utilities Risk Report, from Utility Week and Marsh, highlights the key issues keeping sector leaders awake at night. From cybersecurity to policy and regulatory blockers, extreme weather and price volatility, this report presents a snapshot of the key concerns for utilities.
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The eurozone crisis and political instability in the Middle East caused a lot of volatility in wholesale energy prices this year. Expect more of the same in 2013, says Magali Hodgson
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The Energy Bill has set the stage for EMR, but with most of the detailed design work yet to come, it's still very much the start of the show. Mark Bartholomew explains
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Roger Milne reports on the ups and downs of life for water and energy firms under the reformed planning system, and particularly the NSIP regime
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Will an EU investigation into "dumping" by Chinese solar panel suppliers undermine Decc's assumption that solar subsidies can be slashed? Neil Budd and Timothy Lyons report
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At a time when we desperately need new capacity, it doesn't makes sense to insist that new CCGT plants are carbon capture ready 30 years before they have to be, says Miles Thomas
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Flexible plant is essential for balancing intermittent renewables, but capacity market plans have so far failed to take this into account. Has Decc learned in time for the Energy Bill? asks Melle Kruisdijk
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