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The government has committed £100 million towards the development of the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project in Suffolk. The funding, separate to the £1.7 billion announced for new nuclear in last year’s Spending Review, is described as aiming to help EDF bring the project to maturity, attract investors and advance to the next phase in negotiations.
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Ofgem has paused its plans to expose smaller distributed generators to forward-looking transmission network charges after receiving opposition from a “large majority” of the respondents to its consultation on the proposals. However, the regulator said it continues to hold the view that “smaller generators should pay charges equivalent to larger generators where they have an equivalent impact on the network.”
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has issued a consultation on a new methodology for determining the de-rating factors for embedded generators in the Capacity Market, in particular gas and diesel reciprocating engines and energy-from-waste plants. Due to a lack of specific data, conventional generators embedded in distribution networks have previously been grouped together with their closest transmission-connected equivalents – for example, gas engines with open-cycle gas turbines.
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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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Crown Estate Scotland has announced the results of its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round, awarding options agreements to 17 projects with a combined capacity of 24.8GW - around two-and-a-half times the UK's existing offshore wind fleet. They include ten floating offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 14.6GW.   
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The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has said it expects to return more than £39 million of Contracts for Difference payments to suppliers as result of exceptionally high power prices over the last three months of 2021. The body said the final quarter of the year was the first in the scheme’s history in which generators returned more money than they received.
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The operating profit of RWE Npower's UK business is down by 2 per cent to £238 million for the first three quarters of 2012 when compared to the same period last year.
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Sales at Eon's UK business rose by £315 million to £5,612 million for the first nine months of the 2012 financial year compared to 2011, the energy company announced in its interim report published today.
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Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK, has called for the sector to be honest on bills; following price hikes by five of the big six energy suppliers this autumn.
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Mark Bartholomew and Jan Ole Voss say the British and German governments need to clarify details of their proposed capacity markets or risk investors staying away until they do
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A lot of uncertainty still surrounds smart grid implementation, so network operators must make full use of any information emerging from smart grid trials, says Bob Currie
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Richard Bowen reports on local authorities on a collision course with government and developers after defying national planning guidance on windfarms
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A model commissioned by the Energy Networks Association to help distribution network operators (DNOs) pick the most cost-effective smart network solutions could save customers billions of pounds, it said today.
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