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Making the ESO concept work

Making the ESO concept work

National Grid has legally separated out electricity system operation. In the press, this is hailed as the opportunity to make generation zero carbon – surely the separation was unnecessary for that. What is needed is…
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Can self-sufficiency contribute to regional power trade?

Can self-sufficiency contribute to regional power trade?

The question posed in the title is deliberately paradoxical – self-sufficiency must surely always be the enemy of expanding trade in electricity. Apparently not: self-sufficiency in generation capacity (MW) can be what unlocks political acceptance of expanding trade in electrical energy (GWh)…
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Energy efficiency obligation schemes: the exit plan

Energy efficiency obligation schemes: the exit plan

The EU’s updated Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) retains Article 7, which requires Member States to implement an Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) scheme, or eligible Alternative Measures, capable of delivering a set quantity of energy savings via energy efficiency measures…
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Price caps, merger talks: why bother?

Price caps, merger talks: why bother?

The recently announced merger between the supply businesses of npower and SSE is in stark contrast to the emergence of much smaller suppliers including municipal energy offerings…
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Mini-grids: are cost-reflective tariffs necessary?

Mini-grids: are cost-reflective tariffs necessary?

An acceptable tariff policy for consumers and investors alike is a fundamental requirement for the viability of mini-grids in developing countries. Decisions are driven as much by social and political considerations as by economics.
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