Domestic flexibility could save £6.9bn a year

Installing flexible electricity systems in consumers’ homes could save the UK some £6.9 billion a year by avoiding expensive network upgrades, according to a new report.

The paper by Imperial College London and OVO Energy focused on three scenarios:

● “Burning Platform”, a steady-state system that sees a grid carbon intensity of 200g per kWh, with three million electric vehicles and four million electrically-heated homes;

● “Stepping Stone”, under which progress is made on decarbonisation...

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11/09/2018 - Sector Round Up

World’s largest windfarm opens off Cumbrian coast

Walney Extension, the world’s largest wind farm, has been officially opened, leap-frogging the London Array, which previously held the record.

The 659MW project in the Irish Sea has 87 turbines and is owned by energy company Ørsted and Danish pension funds PKA and PFA.

Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK Managing Director, said: "The UK is the global leader in offshore wind and Walney Extension showcases the industry’s  incredible success story.”

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Warning over threat to renewable investment

Industry body RenewableUK has warned that the future growth of the onshore wind industry and investment in new infrastructure is at risk without a change in UK Government policy.

The warning came as the organisation launched a report showing a record high deployment of onshore wind in the UK last year.

In total 2,611 megawatts (MW) of onshore wind came online in the UK – over 20% of all onshore wind capacity in the UK. The new capacity was overwhelmingly installed outside of England, with...

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‘No deal’ Brexit must trigger energy infrastructure stimulus

Ministers must put measures in place to stimulate investment in energy infrastructure if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal in place, according to a think tank.

The E3G institute said that funding for clean energy had plummeted by 56% between 2016 and 2017 and that Brexit had produced a “decisive chilling effect on investment”.

The loss of EU funding mechanisms – such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) – risks “exacerbating” the investment hiatus, the think tank said in...

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SSE and Npower get provisional green light for retail merger

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has given provisional clearance for the merger of SSE’s retail business with that of Npower.

The watchdog said that the deal wouldn’t affect competition.

Anne Lambert, Chair of the CMA’s inquiry group, said: “It is vital that householders have a range of energy suppliers to choose from, so they can find the best deal for them.

“With more than 70 energy companies out there, we have found that there is plenty of choice when people shop around.”

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Campaigners oppose scrapping of export tariff

More than 200 organisations have written to Energy Minister Claire Perry urging the UK Government to continue paying the export tariff for small solar generators.

The Solar Trade Association (STA) said the export tariff was not a subsidy, but a mechanism that works alongside the FiT scheme to ensure small renewable generators are paid a fair market rate for the electricity fed into the grid.

As well as solar and battery storage companies, the letter has been signed by a diverse mix of...

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Lack of wind raises summer’s carbon emissions

The carbon intensity of the UK’s power grid has risen by 8% over the past three months due to high pressure dampening wind speeds over the summer.

Solar panels helped to make up for some of the shortfall from wind turbines, but gas-fired power stations were still used to meet demand.

Duncan Burt, Director of Operations at National Grid, said: “We have seen a slight decrease in wind over the summer linked to the unusually warm weather, which demonstrates why it is important for us to have a...

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Companies and regions ‘hold key’ to hitting Paris goals

Global greenhouse gas emissions could be one-third lower in 2030 if businesses, cities and regions follow through on their climate change promises, according to a new report.

More than 2,000 companies and nearly 6,000 cities, states and regions have pledged to cut their emissions, in addition to promises made by national governments.

The new report from Data-Driven Yale found that the commitments made could provide at least half of the emissions reductions promised by the United States...

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04/09/2018 - Sector Round Up

‘Ground-breaking moment’ for marine energy kite

Developer Minesto has deployed a marine energy kite off Holyhead in North Wales.

Chief Executive Martin Edlund said: “It is a world’s-first achievement that confirms the functionality of our patented concept at utility scale.”

Minesto’s kite flies across the underwater current, “significantly enhancing the water flow speed through the turbine”.

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Foresight in windfarm deal

Foresight Group has acquired the...

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Networks operator unveils ‘flexibility first’ plans

A major network operator has unveiled plans to “supercharge” the market for flexibility services and deliver a stronger network by helping to reduce electricity demand during peak times.

UK Power Networks, which operates the power network across London, the South-East and the East of England, is consulting on its “flexibility roadmap”, which it says is the first of its kind in the industry and a “major step-change” in the way networks operate.

The move could also create new markets for...

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