Policy & Regulation

Ofgem rules out DNO-owned storage

Power

Ofgem rules out DNO-owned storage

Ofgem will not allow distribution network operators to own and operate storage, as it fears this could "impede the development of a competitive market for storage and flexibility services".

Government invests £246m in battery technology

Power

Government invests £246m in battery technology

The government has launched the first phase of a £246 million investment programme to support research, innovation and the scale-up of battery technology in the UK.

Network underspends sign of RIIO success

Gas

Network underspends sign of RIIO success

The widespread outperformance of networks against their spending allowances under RIIO may be "evidence of the success, not the failure" of the RIIO price control framework.

Consumer groups to gain more power in RIIO2

Power

Consumer groups to gain more power in RIIO2

Ofgem wants consumer groups to take a leading role in the process of setting the next price controls for energy networks, the regulator's senior partner for networks has said.

Consumers pose biggest barrier to low-carbon heat

Gas

Consumers pose biggest barrier to low-carbon heat

Winning over consumers will be the biggest barrier to the deployment of low-carbon heating, according to a senior figure at Ofgem.

Gas has ‘important role’ in all foreseeable futures

Gas

Gas has ‘important role’ in all foreseeable futures

Gas will continue to play an "important role" in all foreseeable futures for the energy system, according to system operator National Grid.

BEIS plugs £20m into EV smart charging

Heat

BEIS plugs £20m into EV smart charging

The government has announced £20 million of funding to support the development of smart charging technologies, which will enable electric vehicles to help balance the power grid.

Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050

Gas

Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) could add up to 18GW - or 30 per cent - to peak power demand by 2050, National Grid has predicted in its latest Future Energy Scenarios report.

Ofgem warns networks to ‘prepare for tougher price controls’

Gas

Ofgem warns networks to ‘prepare for tougher price controls’

Ofgem has warned energy networks to "prepare for tougher price controls", saying there is "strong evidence" that their investors are willing to accept lower returns.

Networks set to pocket £7.5bn in ‘unjustified profits’

Gas

Networks set to pocket £7.5bn in ‘unjustified profits’

Energy networks are set to pocket £7.5 billion in "unjustified profits" during the current RIIO price controls, research by Citizens Advice has found.

DNOs still able to ‘game the system’ under RIIO

Power

DNOs still able to ‘game the system’ under RIIO

Regional power networks are being allowed to "game the system" under the RIIO framework, a researcher from the University of Exeter has claimed.

Ofgem accepts £54m rebate from Cadent

Gas

Ofgem accepts £54m rebate from Cadent

Ofgem has accepted an offer from Cadent to waive £53.9 million of RIIO allowances as part of its mid-period reviews for gas and electricity transmission and gas distribution.

Solar and battery combo will drive up system costs

Gas

Solar and battery combo will drive up system costs

The deployment of batteries alongside solar panels will add to the overall cost of the energy system, a leading UK academic has claimed.

Green fuels needed for long-term energy storage

Gas

Green fuels needed for long-term energy storage

Government and industry have been implored to "redouble" their efforts to develop green fuels for long-term energy storage to fill the gap left by fossil fuels.

The future of our power system architecture

Gas

The future of our power system architecture

The latest findings from the government-sponsored Future Power System Architecture programme are out. Tom Grimwood takes a look at them.

Ofgem still mulling over how to deliver flexible regulation

Power

Ofgem still mulling over how to deliver flexible regulation

Ofgem has not yet "figured out" how best to deliver the flexible regulation needed keep up with the accelerating pace of change in the power sector.

New players pose risk to power system

Power

New players pose risk to power system

"A host of new players" in the power system pose a risk to its stability if government does not act to help co-ordinate their integration, experts have warned.

BEIS not ‘jumping to conclusions’ on heat rules

Gas

BEIS not ‘jumping to conclusions’ on heat rules

The government is not "jumping to conclusions" about the best way to protect to consumers and investors in the district heating market, a senior official has said.

Ofgem stands firm on cuts to embedded benefits

Power

Ofgem stands firm on cuts to embedded benefits

Ofgem will move ahead with plans to drastically cut the triad avoidance payments available to distributed generators after making a final decision on reforms to embedded benefits.

Carbon Trust launches new initiative to transform energy system

Power

Carbon Trust launches new initiative to transform energy system

The Carbon Trust has launched a new initiative to unite the energy industry in overcoming key barriers to the transformation of the energy system.  

Barring network-owned storage will raise bills, says UKPN

Gas

Barring network-owned storage will raise bills, says UKPN

Prohibiting networks from owning and operating storage will lead to higher bills for consumers, a senior figure at UK Power Networks has argued.

A new world order

Policy & Regulation

A new world order

The technology is ready, now is the time to concentrate on the commercial and regulatory challenges that surround the DNOs' transition into DSOs, according to Laura Kane of Smarter Grid Solutions.

Health and safety – how we’re getting better

Policy & Regulation

Health and safety – how we’re getting better

WPD operations director Phil Swift on Powering Improvement

SNP vows to fight ‘punitive’ network charges

Power

SNP vows to fight ‘punitive’ network charges

The SNP will stand up for Scotland's energy industry by demanding reforms to the UK's "punitive" transmission charging regime, the party has pledged in its election manifesto.

Call to bolster protections for district heating consumers

Gas

Call to bolster protections for district heating consumers

The Scottish government is being urged to strengthen consumer protections for households using district heating to bring them in line with those already afforded to gas and electricity customers.

Next RIIO cycle will be shorter, predicts UKPN boss

Policy & Regulation

Next RIIO cycle will be shorter, predicts UKPN boss

"On balance, I would predict that ED2 will be somewhat shorter than ED1," the chief executive of UK Power Networks (UKPN) has said.

Flexible price controls needed for uncertain future

Heat

Flexible price controls needed for uncertain future

The RIIO2 price controls must be flexible enough to allow networks to adapt to an uncertain future, speakers at Utility Week Live have argued.

Stakeholders are the ‘missing part’ of RIIO

Gas

Stakeholders are the ‘missing part’ of RIIO

Stakeholders are the "missing part" of the RIIO settlement process, according the head of network regulation at British Gas.

Labour pledges public ownership of networks

Policy & Regulation

Labour pledges public ownership of networks

Labour has pledged to bring energy networks back under public ownership if it wins power in the general election on 8 June.

Parliamentary hopefuls urged to ‘know their networks’

Gas

Parliamentary hopefuls urged to ‘know their networks’

An industry body has urged candidates for the upcoming general election on 8 June to "know their networks".

Scotland’s low-carbon infrastructure gets £43m boost

Heat

Scotland’s low-carbon infrastructure gets £43m boost

Scotland's low-carbon infrastructure is to reeceive a £43 million boost after the devolved government awarded funding to 13 projects around the nation.