Policy & Regulation

National Grid Transmission singled out for price review

Gas

National Grid Transmission singled out for price review

Ofgem has launched a mid-period review (MPR) into price controls for National Grid Electricity Transmission and National Grid Gas Transmission to review three specific outputs.

Governance needed to fill heat policy ‘vacuum’

Gas

Governance needed to fill heat policy ‘vacuum’

A new independent report has called for new governance arrangements to fill the “vacuum” for decision making and delivery in the heat sector.

An introduction to smart energy dynamics

Gas

An introduction to smart energy dynamics

Duncan Botting explains why we are seeing rising interest in whole system analysis of energy needs and a decline in top down control of sector development.

National Grid to push forward with plans for emergency gas number

Gas

National Grid to push forward with plans for emergency gas number

National Grid is set to push forward with its proposals to include the emergency gas number in the sale of its gas distribution business following feedback from industry.

Ofgem rejects calls to license energy storage

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem rejects calls to license energy storage

Regulator Ofgem has ruled out allowing network companies to own and operate storage.

Re-imagining our power system architecture

Heat

Re-imagining our power system architecture

Dr Simon Harrison sets out why a clearer understanding of power system architecture is necessary for the future and how this is architecture is being defined.

Building the dream: energy systems integration

Gas

Building the dream: energy systems integration

Is it real life? Or just fantasy? Network explores the vision of a single energy system – why should we desire it and is it feasible to create?

RHI reform and diversifying low carbon heat technologies

Heat

RHI reform and diversifying low carbon heat technologies

Drastic reforms to the renewable heat incentive could cut off a budding low carbon heat industry in its prime, says Owain Mortimer. Instead, reforms should be finding ways to increase and diversify low carbon heat technology uptake.

Decc refuses to ‘tie Ofgem’s hands’ on onshore tendering

Policy & Regulation

Decc refuses to ‘tie Ofgem’s hands’ on onshore tendering

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has ruled out specifying which model of competitive tendering should be applied to onshore competition for new transmission assets because it “does not believe in tying the regulator’s hands”.

National Grid Gas Transmission overspending on data centres

Gas

National Grid Gas Transmission overspending on data centres

National Grid Gas Transmission is forecast to overspend the totex allowance for its system operator role by £177.5 million by 2021 due to increased spending on data centres and cyber security.

‘Unquestionable need’ for innovation funding, networks tell Ofgem

Gas

‘Unquestionable need’ for innovation funding, networks tell Ofgem

Energy networks have unanimously called on Ofgem to continue funding innovation, saying ending the support now would be “premature”.

DNOs could be given greater powers to free up network capacity

Power

DNOs could be given greater powers to free up network capacity

Distribution network operators (DNOs) could soon be given greater powers to withdraw a connection offer from a customer if their development is not progressing to meet certain ‘milestones’, in an effort to free up network capacity.

Gas networks in line for transporting shale gas: Decc

Gas

Gas networks in line for transporting shale gas: Decc

The gas distribution networks could be in line for transporting shale gas, if the nascent shale exploration industry takes off in the UK, according to energy minister Andrea Leadsom.

Scrap intellectual property rules, industry tells Ofgem

Power

Scrap intellectual property rules, industry tells Ofgem

Network companies and third parties involved in the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) have called for more flexible rules on intellectual property (IP).

NIC is stifling real innovation, Ofgem told

Power

NIC is stifling real innovation, Ofgem told

The Network Innovation Competition (NIC) cannot fund true innovation because of its adverse attitude towards failure and the short time frame allowed to judge a project’s success, third parties involved in the scheme have said.

Ofgem mulls overhaul of network innovation funding

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem mulls overhaul of network innovation funding

The Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) are in line for an overhaul as Ofgem confirms an in-depth review of the funding mechanisms over the summer.

The NIC and NIA – innovation without barriers

Power

The NIC and NIA – innovation without barriers

The call from network operators to Ofgem on the future of innovation funding is loud and clear: it must continue. But they also acknowledge that the funding mechanisms need change to continue to be effective.

Heat networks and the trilemma

Heat

Heat networks and the trilemma

Responding to the trilemma is about more than just keeping the lights on argues Gareth Jones. Heat should play a much bigger role in our thinking about the future of energy.

NIC calls for raft of regulatory changes

Power

NIC calls for raft of regulatory changes

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK’s future low-carbon energy system.

Decc offers £1.5m funding boost to heat networks

Heat

Decc offers £1.5m funding boost to heat networks

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has offered heat networks have been offered a major funding boost, sharing out £1.5 million between 24 local authorities across England and Wales.

MPs hear row over energy storage

Policy & Regulation

MPs hear row over energy storage

An industry row over the best way to develop energy storage and the role of DNOs broke out at a select committee hearing this week.

Making rural heat networks happen

Gas

Making rural heat networks happen

What are the main viability factors which impact rural heat networks? Alistair Mumford explains.