National Grid expects low electricity demand this summer

National Grid expects low electricity demand this summer

Major power stations may have to reduce their output during the summer after National Grid predicted lower demand for electricity.

The system operator expects an increase in generation from small-scale renewables connected to the distribution network will result in less power being needed from gas and coal-fired plants.

National Grid has forecast peak transmission system demand of 33.7GW, down from 34.3GW last year. Minimum summer demand is expected to sit at 17GW, 600MW lower than in 2017.

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CBI urges alignment with EU energy and climate change rules

One of the UK’s biggest business bodies has called for the UK to maintain alignment with the European Union’s (EU’s) energy and climate change regulations following Brexit.

In a new report, the CBI warned that the cost of deviating from EU rules would be much higher than any benefits.

While opportunities exist within agriculture, shipping and tourism that could benefit the British economy and consumers, the paper said those benefits would be “vastly” outweighed by the costs of deviating from...

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Energy prices rises criticised by Government

Energy Minister Claire Perry has described price rises from British Gas-owner Centrica as “unjustified”.

The UK’s largest energy supplier is increasing the cost of both gas and electricity by 5.5%, pushing up the cost of an average dual-fuel bill by £60 a year to £1,161.

The price rise will affect 4.1 million customers and comes after last year’s 12.5% rise in electricity prices.

Centrica blamed rising wholesale costs and government policies such as smart meters and support for renewable...

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Power groups call for support for energy transformation

Governments must support the “profound transformation” occurring across the world’s power networks, according to a joint statement from four trade bodies.

The Canadian Electricity Association, the Edison Electric Institute in the United States, Eurelectric in European and the Japanese Federation of Electric Power Companies have stressed the importance of policy and regulatory support.

At the International Electricity Summit in the US, the four electricity associations pledged to work more...

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Report sets out options for Scottish energy firm

Accountancy firm EY has warned that the Scottish Government faces tough competition from 42 other players if it goes ahead with plans to create a publicly-owned energy company.

In a report commissioned by ministers, consultants said the cost of setting up the company would be £3.5 million and it would cost £9m to run during its first year.

EY said half of the 42 competitors in the Scottish market reported a loss during their most recent financial years, including two of the “big six”...

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Heat networks investment project to launch

Grants and loans will be available from the autumn under the UK Government’s new £320 million Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP).

The cash, which is part of the Clean Growth Strategy, will be available to projects in both the public and private sectors that provide heat to two or more buildings.

Energy Minister Claire Perry said: “The UK has led in the decarbonisation of electricity, and today’s announcement shows we are just as committed to tackling heat.

“Today’s announcement creates ...

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17/04/2018 - Sector Round Up

MeyGen tidal scheme in full operation

Atlantis Resources has announced that its MeyGen tidal power project in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and the Scottish mainland has completed its construction phase.

The 6MW project, which is the world’s largest tidal array, has now entered its 25-year operational phase.

MeyGen has already generated 6GWh of power, including a record 1.4GWh during one month alone. SmartestEnergy buys output from the project under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

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Networks set out plans to future-proof electricity system

Decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation have been placed at the heart of the gas and electricity Network Innovation Strategies unveiled by the Energy Networks Association (ENA).

The two strategies focus on innovative projects that the ENA’s members – which operate and maintain the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland – say “can provide continuing benefits to customers”.

Seven themes have been identified under the gas...

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Small-scale grid energy storage viable says study

Connecting small-scale energy storage units to the grid is economically viable and could also bring benefits to local communities, according to a new study.

The report – published by DNV GL and based on work by an industry-wide consortium that includes energy storage firm Alfen and Dutch flexibility aggregator Peeeks – outlines a decision-making framework to help grid operators and other stakeholders identify and optimise business models and revenue streams for community storage.

At present,...

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Economic boost from holding temperature change to 1.5 degrees

Limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5C could generate a 5% economic boost by 2100 compared to a 2C temperature rise, according to new research.

Writing in a journal published by The Royal Society, five academics from the University of Oxford created a new model to examine the economic impact of climate change.

“The projected impacts on economic growth of 1.5C warming are close to indistinguishable from current climate conditions, while 2C warming suggests statistically lower...

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