New support scheme planned for smaller generators

New support scheme planned for smaller generators

Proposals for a new scheme to support smaller scale generators after the Feed-in Tariff scheme closes have been unveiled by the UK Government.

Under the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme, larger electricity suppliers with more than 250,000 domestic customers to offer at least one export tariff to schemes that can generate up to 5MW.

The electricity companies will be able to set the price paid per kilowatt hour and the length of contract. Ministers expect smart meters will allow for the...

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Government ‘needs plan B on Capacity Market’

The chair of the House of Commons’ Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has called on the UK Government to develop a “Plan B” for the Capacity Market.

Rachel Reeves’ comments came in response to a letter from Claire Perry in which the Energy Minister answered questions from the committee over the European Court of Justice’s decision to suspend the Capacity Market.

Judges ruled the European Commission had not followed the correct procedure in 2014 when it granted state...

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More interconnectors urged to accelerate low-carbon shift

The UK should prioritise interconnectors in the future relationship negotiations with the European Union (EU), according to European think tank E3G.

In its latest briefing paper, the organisation said the UK needs more interconnectors in order to hit its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

The UK imported 6% of its electricity through interconnectors in 2018, down from a peak of 9% in 2014 and 2015, but the total is expected to hit nearly one-third of power demand by 2025.

A total of...

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Project launched to cut energy and carbon across public sector

A prison, a university and two military bases have been selected for the first part of a project, which aims to combine low-carbon generation, storage and energy demand management.

Sheppey Cluster prison in Kent, Cardiff University, Catterick army garrison in Yorkshire, and the Royal Navy’s training facility at Collingwood in Hampshire will form the initial wave for the Modern Energy Partners (MEP) project.

Companies taking part in MEP include Atkins, Centrica, Ricardo and The Carbon Trust,...

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Small supplier becomes latest to fail

Economy Energy has become the ninth small energy supplier to fail in the past 12 months.

Ofgem has appointed Ovo Energy to take on supplying Economy Energy’s 235,000 domestic customers.

Economy Energy had been banned from taking on new customers just days before its collapse due to complaints.

Ofgem had previously opened three enforcement investigations into Economy Energy, two of which will now close, with a third into whether Economy Energy, and two other firms have infringed the...

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World-first claimed on energy storage technology

Researchers at Newcastle University have assembled and commissioned the world’s first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage (PHES) system.

The system can store up to 600kWh of electricity and uses equipment developed as part of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Distribution Scale Energy Storage Project.

The system can be charged in a matter of milliseconds and its efficiency has been measured at between 60% and 65%.

The researchers believe their system could be among the lowest-cost...

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15/08/2019 - Sector Round Up

Battersea Power Station to be reborn as low-carbon hub

The developer behind the Battersea Power Station project is to install a district heating and cooling system on the site.

Three gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) engines will deliver 7.3MW, while three gas-fired boilers will provide 30MWth and hot and cold water will be supplied by seven 60-cubic metre thermal stores and six 4MW chillers.

The system is due to come online in 2020, 38 years after the coal-fired station was...

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UK generation falls but renewables hits new record

Shifts in economic activity and energy efficiency improvements have seen electricity generation in the UK fall to its lowest level for a quarter of a century.

Analysis by the Carbon Brief website found that 335TWh of electricity was generated last year, continuing a fall which started in 2005 and which has now seen it reach its lowest level since 1994. A reduction in per-capita generation has saved 103TWh of power since 2005.

The same figures showed that the UK generated a third of its...

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Energy price cap comes into force

The UK Government’s energy price cap came into force on 1 January with the aim of bringing down energy costs for 11 million customers by £1 billion a year.

The price cap will remain in place until at least 2020, limiting the unit price for gas and electricity on standard variable or default fixed-term tariffs.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Our energy price cap will cut bills for millions of families and people across the UK who have been ripped off by energy companies for far too long.


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Company profits ‘should take account of environmental impact’

Companies should be forced to account for their environmental impact when calculating profitability, according to a survey of consumers.

The YouGov survey, commissioned by Social Value UK, found that 40% of people think additional measurements should be mandatory when calculating profitability.

The research found that millennials are the most likely to want a change in accounting rules, with the number of people agreeing that the additional measurements should be included rising to 44% in the ...

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