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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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Protest groups use social media to galvanise support and organise demonstrations, but clued-up utilities can monitor them and forestall action, say Will Densham and Kate Poole
Opinion
Ofgem chief Alistair Buchanan once claimed in a radio interview that he would go after the energy suppliers wearing his "regulatory hobnailed boots" if they didn't play fair with the consumers. His interviewer likened his bravado to that of the "cowardly lion". It was all very embarrassing and entirely misleading, because Buchanan had no hobnailed boots - neither metaphorical nor real.
Comment
Early response to today's Energy Bill has been mostly positive, however Greenpeace has criticised the government for not making the 2030 decarbonisation target mandatory.
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Energy supplier interest in investing in upstream gas assets is escalating - especially at Centrica - on the back of continuing high gas prices and security of supply concerns. Nigel Hawkins writes
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Capacity mechanisms and decreasing margins are threatening Europe's thriving energy trading ­­­­­­­market. Jim Fitzgerald and Marc-Felix Otto report
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