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Renewables: The policy vision for a net-zero future

The General Election is a huge opportunity for a new government to make a transformative difference to climate change through investment in renewables, Juliet Davenport, chief executive and founder of Good Energy suggests.

The reforms have faced strong opposition from distributed generators and trade bodies

Ofgem's proposed reforms 'undermine' low-carbon power transition, renewables sector warns

Key figures from across the UK's renewable energy sector have criticised regulator Ofgem's proposals for reforming payment processes, slamming them as "damaging" to the business case for renewable generation and flexible assets.

Heat currently accounts for 15% of the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions

ENA calls for mandatory hydrogen boilers as CBI outlines new sustainability vision

Replacing existing gas boilers with hydrogen-ready devices should be mandatory when they reach the end of their life, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) has urged in its general election manifesto.

The report calls on Ofgem and Government to do more to bring about support for flexible energy technologies such as battery storage

REA: Ofgem failing to realise crucial role of flexibility in reaching net-zero

With the UK's energy system becoming increasingly "democratised" and businesses and individuals generating and selling, as well as buying, energy, regulator Ofgem is not taking sufficient measures to bring about a flexible energy future.

Planning for the next power outage

Lee Stokes, head of sustainability solutions & innovation for Mitie Energy, looks back at August's UK-wide power outage and reveals how businesses can build resilience should the worst happen.

Which? argued that current Ofgem rules have allowed utilities to "greenwash". Image: Which? 

Which? accused of defamation over 'misleading' renewable guarantees claims

The co-founder of Pure Planet has accused consumer group Which? of defamation after it claimed some suppliers were at risk of misleading customers over renewable energy.

Under its existing remit, Ofgem is required to keep the government’s climate policies in mind but its primary obligation is to protect the interests of energy consumers. Pictured: Walney Wind Farm

Energy regulator 'out of touch over climate crisis', say businesses

The UK energy regulator is under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency as it draws up plans for Britain's energy system.

In 2018, the UK generated 52% of its electricity from low-carbon sources

Ofgem and BEIS call on networks to realise £40bn flexible energy opportunity

Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have penned a joint letter to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), calling on organisations to "evolve" to a more flexible system that could create a £40bn windfall for the UK economy.

With the right incentives, the government can eventually “end the UK’s dependency on natural gas,” the think-tank affirms

UK gas must be 'completely' decarbonised by 2050, says think-tank

Britain must get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term climate change objectives, according to a report published on Friday (15 February) by a think-tank close to the ruling Conservative party.

The FIT scheme has been one of the key factors contributing to the huge increase in solar photovoltaic deployment in the past decade

Call for decentralised energy optimisation as FIT regime due to end

Fresh mechanisms will be required to ensure that new decentralised generation is visible on the grid once the feed-in tariff (FIT) regime ends this March, an event heard last week.

Decentralised energy is set to play a prominent role in the future energy mix

Regulation 'not fit' for emerging decentralised energy model

The current system of energy regulation is not fit for the more decentralised and digitalised energy that is emerging, Alan Whitehead has said.

The MPs and peers conclude that suppliers are “almost certain” to miss the 2020 target for rolling out smart meters to every home and small business

Smart meter rollout costs £1bn higher than expected in 2016

The costs of the smart meter rollout programme will rise "even further", a parliamentary report has recommended.

Energy management experts from manufacturing and retail firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges around energy resilience

Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future

Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.

The REA claims that current policy signals would create a “medium deployment” scenario of 8GW by the end of 2021

UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds

A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.

Network companies will “rapidly increase the use of competitive markets”

Power networks pledge to deliver £17bn of smart grid benefits

Electricity network operators will today (6 December) pledge to deliver £17 billion of energy system benefits by 2050 through the creation of a smarter, more flexible power grid.

The scheme is scheduled to run for three-and-a-half years and the initial findings are expected to be shared in the first quarter of 2018

Northern Powergrid to create 'virtual' local energy market

Northern Powergrid has unveiled plans to use computer modelling and laboratory demos to create a "virtual" local energy market as part of a new innovation scheme.

According to the company, Project SIM could actively measure inertia round the clock for the entire UK grid

National Grid measures real-time system inertia for the first time

For the first time ever, the National Grid has successfully measured and monitored continuous grid stability across an entire network, in a move that could reduce end-customer costs and carbon emissions in the UK.

Ofgem figures show that innovation by energy networks has already enabled close to £1bn of cost savings that will be delivered between now and 2023

UK networks to fuse innovation plans for low-carbon technologies

The UK's energy network firms have teamed up to develop joint proposals to create "exciting opportunities" for smart technologies such as hydrogen and battery storage.

Industry has welcomed this focus on cyber security

Race is on for energy cyber security standards

Government and Ofgem must lead a "race" to deliver smart technology standards which protect against cyber security threats in the energy system, a leading consultant has urged.

The outcome is slightly more generous than the original consultation which proposed reducing the benefit to around £2/kW

Ofgem condemned for slashing subsidies for small-scale energy generation

Energy regulator Ofgem has faced accusations of "hammering" the financial viability of low-carbon projects, after it confirmed subsidies made to small-scale electricity generators will fall by up to 93%.

edie Live Exhibitor Spotlight: Ofgem E-Serve

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.


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