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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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Dong Energy has signed an agreement with Siemens for the supply of up to 300 turbines rated at 6MW each. The turbines will all be used in UK offshore projects between 2014 and 2017. Support under the renewables obligation is currently set to close to new projects in 2017.
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Darren Williams argues that it would be a profound mistake to jeopardise dedicated biomass by increasing co-firing subsidies.
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Energy policy is trying to find the right balance between affordability, security of supply, and mitigating climate change. The Department of Energy and Climate Change's request for evidence on the future of gas-fired generation, which closed in June, represents one of the significant elements in this policy debate.
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Rumoured cuts of 25 per cent in subsidies paid to wind power are off the mark, secretary of state Ed Davey told the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Select Committe today. He promised that revised subsidy levels in the Renewables Obligation - delayed several times and most recently due for publication today - would be published by 30 September.
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Scottish Power Renewables has signed deals with other wind farm developers in Scotland to let them use data from its Kincardine radar station. The agreements could help move some 110MW of projects through the planning system, according to the firm.
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MJ Deschamps assesses the likelihood of outages in London during the Olympics when an extra two million people will be in the capital.
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Sponsor utilities and others are using the high profile of the Olympics to trial and publicise sustainable technologies. Justin Pugsley reports.
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