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Disruption and blackouts: be prepared

Disruption and blackouts: be prepared

Sep, 2019 – Unexpected and disruptive market events are regularly being linked with fundamental market shifts such as high levels of intermittent generation. These links are often…
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Lebanon power, the time for action is now

Lebanon power, the time for action is now

For years, Lebanon’s national power utility has not had enough capacity to meet demand and has had high costs and low tariffs. Reducing the resulting fiscal burden is a high priority for…
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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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