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The UK needs to demonstrate by the end of this decade whether technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere can have a role to play in meeting the net zero target, a senior figure at the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned. CCC head of carbon budgets David Joffe: “It’s not clear we can make net zero if we take those off the table, which is why it is really important to prove this is feasible.”
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Independent energy developers Carlton Power and Stag Energy have announced plans to merge their operations to focus on energy storage and grid stability services including the provision of system inertia, reactive power and short circuit capacity. The combined company will also continue the development of a portfolio of green hydrogen production projects and launch a new carbon advisory business later this year.
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Hunterston B nuclear power station finally went offline at 12pm on Friday (7 January) after almost five decades of operation. The EDF-run power station is closing at least a year earlier than previously scheduled after the Office for Nuclear Regulation cleared the first of its two reactors to resume operations for a period of only six months.
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Drax plans to invest £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in 2022, the company has announced. As part of this investment, Drax has awarded a contract with the Australian industrial engineering firm Worley to start front-end engineering and design at the beginning of next year for the two BECCS units it is planning to build at its power station in North Yorkshire.
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Sembcorp Energy UK has revealed plans to build Europe’s largest battery storage system at the Wilton International chemicals park in Teesside. The company said it already has the land and grid connections available to enable the swift installation of the batteries, which will have a generation capacity of 360MW.
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Ofgem is consulting on its minded-to decision to approve a code modification that would remove generators’ liability to pay Balancing Services Use of System charges. The decision aligns with the recommendations of the second Balancing Services Charges Taskforce, which said the charges should be levied entirely on final demand.
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The Welsh Government wants greater responsibility for energy planning and policy and is determined to press the case for more devolution in this area, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones stressed today.
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The European Union must move as fast as possible to set out standards on sustainability for biomass, so that potential project developers and fuel suppliers can begin to set up long term agreements. That was the message last night from the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Biomass Group.
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change is attempting to clear up the mistrust and confusion around subsidies for microgeneration via an interactive FAQ page on the Decc website.
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The Gas Forum's new managing director David Cox is adamant that gas supplies are plentiful, and that Ofgem's Code Review could damage the industry. He talks to Trevor Loveday.
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