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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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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Relying on interconnectors for security of supply carries risks

Last week Will Gardiner, chief executive of Drax Group, told the Guardian newspaper that Britain’s increasing reliance on electricity imports through the use of interconnectors is a threat to energy security, and will result in the country importing carbon emissions. He also said that interconnectors would fail to deliver the aims of the government’s industrial…

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De-carbonisation of heat will be an expensive challenge

In the last few weeks there have been a number of announcements by the Government and others on the challenging subject of the de-carbonisation of heat.  Heating and cooling currently accounts for nearly half of UK energy consumption, and around 50% of UK emissions from heating are associated with space heating and hot water in…

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