Angela Peart says it’s time to prepare to attact a new generation to the energy industry
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Blackout Britain stories are not completely wrong, but they have entirely the wrong cause in mind.
Over the last 20 years, the UK’s electricity generating mix has undergone rapid change, largely thanks to huge changes in energy policy.
Two energy suppliers in UK energy markets have closed this winter.
The UK government has been digging its heels in over moves to raise the threshold for power generation schemes in Wales which will in the future be handled by the devolved administration there.
Ofgem has announced that a portion of the new network planned to connect to NuGen’s new nuclear power station at Moorside is likely to be among the first Competitively Appointed Network Owners (CATO).
UK Power Networks (UKPN) is set to go to market in 2017 for a suite of demand response and storage schemes to provide flexibility services as alternatives to necessary network reinforcement.
British Gas Business will pay £4.5 million redress to the Carbon Trust because it missed its deadline to supply some larger business customers through advanced electricity meters by April 2014.
The biggest test for the UK electricity system in the coming years is not meeting peak demand but managing the system, and the problem in keeping the lights on is maintaining frequency and voltage, not power plant capacity.
The third Capacity Market (CM) auction, for delivery in 2020/21, cleared at £22.50 and has brought forward just 669MW of new large gas turbines.