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The energy market framework requires a “fundamental redesign” in order to deliver the transition to net zero emissions, according to the former director of clean growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Giving evidence on Tuesday (9 December) to the ongoing inquiry by the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee into Ofgem and net zero, Tim Lord said the existing market was designed to serve the needs of fossil fuel plants with fundamentally different characteristics to renewables.
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Ofgem has approved a modification to the Grid Code to formalise the response to the failure of a generator to ride through a normal fault on the transmission network. The modification was originally proposed by SSE after National Grid Electricity System Operator raised concerns over a growing number of instances in which generators suffered outages at the same time as a fault on the transmission network that did not push it outside of normal operational limits.
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More than half of the government’s fund to support advanced nuclear projects has been allocated to support Rolls-Royce’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme. The engineering giant has been awarded £210 million of government funding by UK Research and Innovation to take forward phase two of the development of its SMR design.
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Jon Hiscock, chief executive of power systems technology company Fundamentals, highlights the need for more real-world data on charging behaviour to ensure network infrastructure can accommodate “unprecedented” surges in demand from electric vehicles.
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This landmark report on how utilities are fighting climate change cuts through the noise around COP26 to focus on the most critical junctures facing the sector. It delves into establishing the right generation mix; building security and resilience; ensuring adequate flexibility and the right approach to heating; and boosting biodiversity. The report draws on the opinions and expertise of industry leaders and reveals what they see as the key decisions to take around regulation, finance and policy.
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Countryside campaigners have clashed with other environmental groups over on shore wind farm development which the Campaign to Protect Rural England says is damaging valued landscapes and intruding into some of the most tranquil areas of England.
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Energy firms will again use today's Clean Energy Ministerial in London to announce a raft of new deals. The announcements, including EDF investing further into UK offshore wind and Eon awarding a cable contract for its £736m Humber Gateway wind farm, follow the Prime Minister's remarks about the need for renewable energy to become financially sustainable.
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Some have whispered it: without sufficient gas-fired generation over the coming decade, the lights will go out when the wind is not blowing. Thankfully, the government has started to say it out loud: that flexible gas-fired power generation, which emits about 50 per cent less carbon than coal, is key to the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Modelling a handful of future electricity demand scenarios is no longer sufficient. George Danner makes the case for simulation strategies that can model thousands of outcomes.
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