Funding set for innovation projects

Ofgem announced on Wednesday 17 January the funding levels and deliverables for seven projects selected under the electricity and gas Network Innovation Competitions. Amongst the projects are London Power Networks’ Active Response project, which has had £13.84mn of funding approved, and Southern Electric Power Distribution’s Transition project, which will receive…

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Open Utility announces local flexibility collaboration with UKPN

Open Utility has announced that, as part of a BEIS-funded project to develop a Flexibility Marketplace, it has entered a collaboration agreement with UK Power Networks (UKPN). The agreement, announced on Tuesday 16 January, will make UKPN the first Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to use Open Utility’s Piclo Flex platform.…

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Strategy seeks to connect “Energy Coasts”

Transport for the North has published its Strategic Transport Plan, outlining how a 30-year programme of transport infrastructure investment could deliver a £100bn economic boost and 850,000 jobs by 2050. The strategy, published on Tuesday 16 January, looked at how to improve travel between some of the UK’s low-carbon energy…

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SmartestEnergy provides battery storage commercial services

SmartestEnergy has announced it is providing the commercial services for the 25MW Tynemouth battery storage project that is being developed in Newcastle by Enel. Under the contract, Smartest will supply energy and take responsibility for the offtake from the battery. It is also set to provide services to support the…

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Keele University announces energy partnership with Siemens

Keele University announced on Monday 15 January that it had appointed Siemens to convert its campus into the largest single integrated electricity, gas and heat Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND). The university said the project will be the first facility in Europe for “at-scale living laboratory” testing and demonstration of…

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Fluence announces financing program for energy storage customers

Fluence, the joint venture between Siemens Financial Services and AES company, has announced a range of financial options to energy storage customers. In an announcement on Thursday 11 January, Fluence said the “comprehensive financing program” will help support customers invest in energy storage solutions. Roland Chalons-Browne, CEO of Siemens Financial…

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Renewable costs already competitive for delivering new capacity: IRENA

A study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found that the costs of renewable power generation are already “very competitive” for meeting the needs of new generation capacity. The report also found that competitive procurement processes, including auctions, only account for “a small fraction” of the global deployment…

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Ministers urge more councils to take advantage of EV funding

BEIS revealed on Friday 12 January that just five councils have so far taken advantage of the £4.5mn of funding the government made available for electric vehicle (EV) charging points. Ministers Jesse Norman and Claire Perry have written to councils, urging them to take advantage of the funding – first…

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Energy storage firm receives funding from Macquarie and ENGIE

Connected Energy announced on Thursday 11 January that it had secured £3mn of investment from Macquarie Group and ENGIE. In its announcement Connected Energy highlighted that it has developed the world’s only commercially available stationary energy storage system that utilises electric vehicle (EV) battery packs after they are no longer…

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Over 5.5mn customers switched electricity supplier in 2017: Energy UK

The latest switching figures from Energy UK have revealed that 5,543,472 customers switched their electricity supplier during 2017, a 15% increase on the previous year (4,822,885) and the highest level ever recorded by Energy UK. The data, published on Wednesday 10 January, showed that 421,702 customers switched in December, down…

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