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2 Feb

OFGEM takes steps to update its transmission charging structure

by denergi admin
 
  Transmission charges make up four percent of an average household bill and the cost to consumers of any potential changes is one of the key considerations for OFGEM. The current transmission methodology known as ICRP (Investment Cost Related Pricing) is being improved to better reflect the costs placed by high voltage renewable generation, this will include new kinds of generators such as wind farms and Solar PV
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2 Feb

UK Develops Geothermal Energy Plans

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  This week the UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry visited Iceland to sign a new energy agreement. The new agreement will allow the UK to import geothermal energy produced by Icelandic volcanoes as well as exchange information on the gas and oil industries. This is a huge step forward for renewable energy in the UK and could make a significant difference to the security of our energy supplies and help to minimise our reliance on fossil fuels. After the visit the minister had the following to say: “Today’s agreement will help pave the way for a closer relationship with Iceland, which I hope can yield significant benefits for the UK, including the development of geothermal power, greater use of interconnectors to transport energy under the sea, and developing oil and gas resources. “This sort of approach can both enhance our energy security and deliver low carbon electricity in an affordable way.” This is clearly an encouraging move and will hopefully open up the posibility of other countries sharing renewable sources of energy.
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2 Feb

Welsh Wind Farm Cut by a Third

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  The Atlantic Array windfarm project suffered a massive blow today as protesters managed to force a reduction in the number of turbines to be used by a third, a drop of 139 from 417 to 278. Their complaints concerning the development consisted of a significant increase in noise pollution and the effect the turbines will have on the appearence of the natural landscape. This is a major knock to the Coalitions renewable policies and raises questions over the importance of preserving our countryside against increasing our reliance on renewable sources of energy. Though a victory for those opposed to the plans it is a sour note for the government after the progress made with Iceland just days ago. However, this may encourage the government and investors to look at other areas for renewable energy as windfarms continue to be a controversial choice.
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2 Feb

UK and Norway Energy Partnership Announced

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  Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new energy partnership with Norway. This agreement will not only grant us with access to gas and oil reserves but also provide 1,300 jobs at their engineering hub in Chiswick, this is in addition to the 1,000 jobs Aker Solutions has already created in the UK. Norwegian companies Statoil and Statkraft are also looking to invest £31 billion in offshore windfarms which could eventually produce 10% of the UK’s electricty needs. This agreement comes swift on the heels of the recent announcement that a deal has been made with Iceland for their geothermal energy. For more information visit the DECC website.
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