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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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As solar panels become increasingly popular, 'sunshine theft' could become a common matter of dispute. Andrew Whitehead and Helen Tringham call for legislation to preempt the problem
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Nordic utilities have illuminating lessons for UK firms on how - and how not - to cope with colder winters. Gerard O'Dwyer and Monika Hanley report
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When MPs get back to Westminster, one of the pieces of legislation that will be facing them is the Energy Bill. The centrepiece of the Bill is implementation of the government's contracts for difference (CfDs) based ­proposals for Electricity Market Reform (EMR).
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The Scottish Affairs Select Committee recently criticised Scottish network operators for their handling of winter storms. Here we look at the difficulties of operating in particularly tough regions in extreme weather, and at how the companies involved are responding
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The show must go on, whatever the weather. Justin Pugsley finds preparation, rapid response and insurance the vital ingredients for utility resilience through winter weather
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