Suffolk Council combines second-life battery system with solar and EV chargers

Suffolk County Council is adding second-life EV batteries to a low carbon energy system at the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich campus. A new facility called...

Bigger batteries: Government lifts planning cap

Government has confirmed that batteries are exempt from the national planning regime. To date, developers have capped schemes at 49.9MW to avoid going through the...

EVs: Moto and WPD trial ‘capacity in a box’ rapid charging solution

Western Power Distribution and Moto service stations are trialling new rapid charging technology that they think could cut costs by around £500k per site. The...

Former Ofgem chief Alistair Buchanan becomes Electricity North West chairman

Former Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanan will become chairman at Electricity North West in October. Buchanan spent a decade helming the regulator. On his watch...

Inspired plans £35m fundraise to buy rest of Ignite, eyes more deals

Inspired Energy plans to raise up to £35m to acquire the rest of Ignite and take advantage of market conditions to make further buys. The...

WPD seeks another 45MW of flex, plus demand turn up

Western Power Distribution is seeking a further 44.55MW of flex and needs providers in five new locations. In one location, at Hawton, Nottinghamshire, the DNO...

EVs: Range anxiety the least of fleet operators’ concerns

When it comes to electric vehicles, range anxiety appears to be the least of fleet operators’ concerns, for small vans and cars at least. Polled...

Government urged to unlock 18GW of ‘shovel ready’ batteries, solar and wind

Analysis by Regen shows there are 18GW of ‘shovel ready’ battery storage, solar and wind projects that could be quickly kickstarted if government genuinely...

Ofgem tightens up gas and power transmission spending, networks aghast

Ofgem has set out plans for less lucrative price controls for gas networks and electricity transmission operators from 2021. The draft five-year framework intends to...

British Gas orders 1,000 electric vans

British Gas has ordered 1,000 electric vans from Vauxhall. The UK's third largest fleet operator said the Vivaro-e vans will be delivered over the next...

Gresham House Energy Storage launches ‘grid bonds’ to buy more batteries

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund is aiming to raise an initial £15m to buy more grid scale battery storage. The fund has an operational storage...

Smartest Energy signs PPA for 42MW Newhurst EfW plant

Smartest Energy has signed what it claims is one of the largest power purchase agreements to date in the energy-from-waste sector. The Marubeni-owned firm has...

Electric vehicle registrations top 6 per cent as sales accelerate

New registrations of electric vehicles reached 6.1 per cent in June and have moved ahead of industry projections against a backdrop of steep overall...

Statkraft and GE team up on inertia tech to keep grid stable

Statkraft has inked a contract with GE that will enable it to help keep the grid stable by providing inertia via a large spinning...

Ofgem tells DNOs to get on with 1MW+ asset register and plan for national...

Distribution network operators must compile a database of all assets connected to their networks above 1MW – and make them publicly available after Ofgem...

Royal London consolidates FM with Mitie, targets energy efficiency gains

Royal London has consolidated FM services with Mitie under a five-year deal. The insurance giant is aiming to achieve at least 10 per cent energy...

Gresham House spends £20m on Arenko’s 41MW Bloxwich battery

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund has completed the 41MW Bloxwich battery storage facility acquisition from Arenko, taking its operational portfolio to 215MW. Commissioned 12 months...

Demand hits new low, Grid deals with it

Demand on the transmission system hit 13.4GW, a new low last weekend, but National Grid ESO managed without calling on its new footroom service. "The...

My work here is done: Limejump CEO Erik Nygard exits

Limejump CEO Erik Nygard will leave the aggregator in September with new COO Catherine Newman to take the reins on an interim basis. Nygard led...

Drax faces threat of strike vote over redundancies

Drax is facing the prospect of a workforce vote for its first ever strike, over allegations of ‘bad faith’ surrounding more than 200 compulsory...