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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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Education, employment, tax and immigration policy must change to halt the loss of renewable energy talent to other countries, says Paul Flynn.
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The government's apparant inability to find a counterparty to guarantee the contracts for difference (CFD) element of its proposals to reform the electricity market could lead to the Renewables Obligation (RO) being extended three years until 2020. That's the view of one of the MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
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Scottish Power has confirmed that the Cockenzie coal-fired power station will close in one year's time. From next month, the station's output will be halved to 550MW to manage the remainder of the 20,000 hours it was allowed to operate after opting out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive in 2008.
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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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