Ofgem’s new consultation on network charging and access is an important step towards market reform

Ofgem has published the latest strand in its ongoing work on making network charging arrangements fit for purpose against a backdrop of significant changes to the nature and use of both transmission and distribution networks. It has issued a consultation into network access arrangements and forward-looking charges, and whether a Significant Code Review (“SCR”) should…

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Smoke & mirrors: a new report into the viability of CCS

This week the BEIS CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce produced its report into the potential for carbon capture use and storage in the UK. “By demonstrating that CCUS can deliver decarbonisation across industry, power, and provide solutions for heat and transport, the report focuses on building a long term, commercially sustainable and cost-effective decarbonisation service industry…

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UK Power Networks trials solar + storage virtual power plant in London

Distribution Network Operator UK Power Networks (“UKPN”), which covers over eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England, has announced a virtual power plant (“VPP”) to be developed in London, to relieve pressure on the capital’s electricity network. The facility will consist of solar panels and batteries located in…

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Swansea Bay tidal scheme officially rejected by the Government

Yesterday came the long-awaited decision as to whether the UK Government would offer any support or subsidy to the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme. There has been widespread criticism of the decision (see #SwanseaBay on twitter) with many people questioning why the Government is rejecting tidal power while at the same time backing nuclear through…

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Developing local flexibility markets

In recent weeks, much has been made of the fact that coal has dropped out of the merit order for days at a time. While much of the commentary is around trying to prove that the system can run just fine without dirty thermal power (conveniently ignoring the reliance of the system on coal during…

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