What next for energy markets in 2019?

It’s always interesting at this time of year to look back over the past year and ahead to what might be expected in the year to come. This time last year, I expected the retail price cap to be big news, alongside new nuclear, changes to balancing markets, the growing impact of digital technologies, a…

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All spruced up – the history of Christmas lights

According to The Week, the US uses an average of 6.63 billion kWh of electricity each year on Christmas lights – more than the entire annual consumption of El Salvador (5.35 billion kWh) and Ethiopia (5.30 billion kWh), and spends US$ 199-573 per household on electricity during the holiday season versus a typical monthly expenditure…

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Ofgem publishes next steps in network charging reform

Last week Ofgem published its “minded to” decision on electricity network charging reform as part of its Targeted Charging Review (“TCR”) into the way in which residual transmission charges are recovered from consumers, and on certain “embedded benefits”: Charges for using the electricity network have two elements: Forward looking charges that are designed to ensure…

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UKPN to test new voltage stabilisation technology

The challenges posed to electricity grids by adding increasing amounts of intermittent renewable generation are well known, and costly to manage, however a Scottish technology company claims to have the answer. Faraday Grid, believes it can massively increase grid capacity to carry renewables at no additional cost, while solving network volatility. The company has developed…

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