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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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Funding renewable energy projects is becoming more challenging because of increasing financial, regulatory and operational risks. But it is not too late for government, the insurance sector and banks to help, says Siân Crampsie
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The UK's assumption about carbon costs underpins some huge programmes - not least the smart meter rollout. It has to reflect assumptions about how costs will change over the long term and can't swing on the whim of today's market.
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Despite wider gloom in the jobs market, Vicky Kenrick says talented utility and sustainability professionals are in great demand right now.
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Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
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The solar sector remains deeply divided over the continuing feed-in tariff (FIT) wrangle, with some firms arguing that a drawn-out legal challenge and appeal process is more damaging for the industry than the proposed cuts.
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Calor Gas, the UK's biggest provider of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has announced plans to be the first rural energy supplier to become an energy services company (Esco).
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Energos Holdings has acquired waste to energy business BioGen Power. Both are now part of the Ener-g group.
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According to Mark Rowe and MJ Deschamps, Russia seems to be taking an interest in renewable energy.
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