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  1. UK CHP facing negative regulatory move

    Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, is mulling a change in the law, which could have an adverse effect on companies who use combined heat and power technology. The Daily Telegraph reports that some 375 industrial sites around the country that have installed small CHP plants could take a combined hit of £160m a year under plans being considered by the regulator. These sites currently benefit from lucrative payments worth an estimated £80m a year for exporting their surplus electricity to the local power distribution network when UK supplies are scarce. They are also currently exempt from paying charges faced by bigger power plants to help fund maintenance and upgrades to the UK ’s high-voltage electricity transmission network. These cost reductions are worth an extra £80m a year, according to analysis by the Association for Decentralised Energy , which represents small power plant owners. The Association for Decentralized Energy has responded to the news pointing out that many industrial manufacturers are utilising non-diesel based fuels in their high efficiency systems, so such regulation would be unfortunate if that is not taken into account. ADE director Dr Tim Rotheray said: “In a bid to remain competitive, hundreds of the UK’s industrial manufacturers invested millions of pounds into their operations to improve efficiency and lower energy costs. “Yet the process that Ofgem is rushing through could cause real harm to these manufacturers and their employees. If they lose embedded benefit revenue, some industrial manufacturers could see their energy costs rise by nearly 20pc, reducing their competitiveness, and putting jobs on the line.” Ofgem claims  so-called “embedded benefits” that small power plants such as CHP and diesel generators enjoy may be “distorting energy markets”. They are instead considering not only scrappage of payments the plants receive but also making them pay network charges. Ofgem argues the benefits give small plant developers an unfair advantage over developers of big gas-fired power stations when they compete for Government subsidies to support construction of new plants. Since the small plants have access to the additional revenue stream and face lower costs, they can undercut their bigger rivals. The regulator says there should be “a level playing field for all generators”.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  2. GE, EDL sign agreement to develop Laos' hydroelectric power workforce

    Electricite du Laos and General Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch joint research and training programs designed to support the development of Laos' hydroelectric power sector and electric grid.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  3. Pacific Power completes grid modernization, smart grid upgrades

    Pacific Power said that it has completed, is monitoring, or is developing grid enhancement initiatives that include projects and initiatives undertaken in its six state service territory

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  4. Pakistan gets $810m financing deal to boost T&D

    The Asian Development Bank has approved an $810m financing facility to develop Pakistan's power transmission system.

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  1. E.ON combines battery and solar power technologies for major customer in the U.S.

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  2. Eggborough to go gas-powered

    The site of the existing coal-fired power plant at Eggborough in northern England is to be transformed into a gas-fired power facility.

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016

  3. E.On combines battery, solar power technologies for Tucson Electric

    The battery will be charged by an associated solar park with a 2 MW capacity

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  4. E.ON offers storage solution in Arizona

    German energy utility E.ON is using battery storage technology to equalise the feed in of renewables to transmission networks in the US.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  5. Eltel wins $50 million UK transmission contract

    The total value of this contract is almost $50 million and the project is executed by the Carillion-Eltel joint venture

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    Mon, 15 Aug 2016

  6. PJM authorizes transmission projects for units of Exelon, AEP, FirstEnergy

    The proposal originated out of PJM’s competitive process for transmission improvements

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

  7. Sterlite Power and Sharper Shape to use drones for powerline monitoring in India

    Palo Alto-based Sharper Shape, the global market leader of automated drone-based asset inspections, and Sterlite Power, India's leading power transmission company, announced a strategic partnership to provide drone inspection services for utility assets in India.

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    Tue, 9 Aug 2016

  8. Oil and Gas News: 5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest

    Five people have been arrested following a protest against a natural gas pipeline in Vermont.

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    Tue, 7 Jun 2016

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