In this month’s issue, we focus on topical issues that have dominated the headlines in the UK recently.

The first is energy efficiency, which has recently received attention from the BEIS Committee. Here, we look at energy efficiency measures being implemented in Ireland and Scotland and consider possible lessons and new research on hard to decarbonise homes. The second is supply reliability in light of the 9 August power cuts. The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas also issued emergency alerts this month and we look at how price cleared the market and the participant response. We also look at a new mechanism to support energy system reliability recently implemented.

We examine progress on Centrica’s pioneering Local Energy Market in Cornwall. We also look at two carbon capture, utilisation and storage consultation documents published by BEIS in July to support future market development.

In Future Networks, Ofgem published a position paper on its regulatory priorities for distribution system operation and how it proposes to support the delivery of RIIO-ED2 objectives.

Energy Systems Catapult has published three interesting insight papers on heat as a service. The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies also produced a report examining flexibility market design and how this can support the demand side.

In Europe, we return with our regular Ireland energy market update. We also look at a Navigant report on European offshore grid development models.

Looking further afield, in the US, the Southwest Power Pool has approved a major suite of market recommendations.

Whilst down-under, we look at Australia’s Energy Market Commission’s move to introduce five-minute settlement. In New Zealand, the Electricity Authority is consulting on major reforms to the transmission pricing methodology and a proposed new benefits-based approach.

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