National Grid Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:17:50 +0300 <![CDATA[Top business leaders call on Boris Johnson to set out green recovery plan]]> Heathrow, HSBC and National Grid among 200 CEOs calling for a ‘clean, just recovery’

Britain’s most powerful business leaders have called on Boris Johnson to set out economic recovery plans that align with the UK’s climate goals to help rebuild a resilient UK economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Almost 200 chief executives – from companies including HSBC, National Grid, and Heathrow airport – signed a letter to the prime minister calling on the government to “deliver a clean, just recovery”.

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<![CDATA[Renewable energy may be switched off as demand plummets]]> National Grid may ask suppliers to stop generating electricity due to record low consumption

Hundreds of renewable energy projects may be asked to turn off this weekend to avoid overloading the grid as the UK’s electricity demand plummets to record lows.

Britain’s demand for electricity is forecast to tumble to a fifth below normal levels due to the spring bank holiday and the shutdown of shops, bars and restaurants mandated by the coronavirus lockdown.

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<![CDATA[UK dividend cuts and deferrals top £30bn since Covid-19 crisis]]> HSBC and BT among firms to make largest reductions to weather pandemic, data shows

UK companies have cut or deferred £30bn in dividend payments to shore up their balance sheets to weather the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

On Tuesday, the cigarette maker Imperial Brands cut its dividend for the first time since listing 24 years ago, as did the copper miner Antofagasta, adding to an ever-lengthening list of FTSE 100 companies opting to hold on to cash.

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<![CDATA[Lights stay on despite cyber-attack on UK's electricity system]]> Cybersecurity measures keep electricity flowing after IT infrastructure targeted

Britain’s energy system has fallen victim to a cyber-attack targeting the IT infrastructure used to run the electricity market.

The electricity system’s administrator, Elexon, confirmed that it was affected by a cyber-attack on Thursday afternoon but that the key systems used to govern the electricity market were not affected.

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<![CDATA[Low demand for power causes problems for National Grid]]> Energy system operator says lower usage during lockdown could put network under stress

National Grid has warned that record low demand for electricity during Britain’s coronavirus lockdown could lead to windfarms and power plants being turned off, in order to avoid overloading the electricity grid.

The energy system operator has forecast that the lockdown could cut demand for electricity 20% below normal levels, potentially leading to an oversupply of electricity at times.

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<![CDATA[Energy firms face inquiry over £1.3bn green power cable]]> National Grid and Scottish Power project was two years late and has suffered outages

National Grid and Scottish Power face an investigation by the energy industry regulator after repeatedly bungling the startup of a £1.3bn subsea power cable which is supported by home energy billpayers.

The high-voltage power cable began transmitting renewable electricity from Scottish windfarms to homes and businesses in England and Wales in late 2017, about two years behind schedule.

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<![CDATA[UK must create 120,000 green energy jobs by 2030 to meet targets]]> National Grid report says target needs to be met if projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions are to go ahead

The UK must recruit more than 100,000 people to fill green energy roles within a decade if the government hopes to meet its binding climate targets, National Grid has warned.

A report by the company found that Britain needs to fill 120,000 roles in the green energy industry by 2030 to help develop projects that can cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero. That number is likely to reach 400,000 by 2050, when the government expects to have developed a clean energy system based on renewable electricity, green heating systems and electric vehicles.

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<![CDATA[Thousands were paid to use extra renewable electricity on windy weekend]]> UK homes using new smart-energy tariffs urged to take advantage of record windfarm power

Thousands of households were paid to use extra renewable electricity over the weekend as windfarms generated unprecedented levels of clean power.

Homes using a new type of smart-energy tariff were urged to plug in their electric vehicles overnight and set their dishwasher on a timer to take advantage of the record renewables in the early hours of the morning.

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<![CDATA[Rival ride-hailing firms can steer TfL's standards – why not Uber?]]> Belief in no consequences after failure to follow rules explains Uber’s loss of London licence

The sense of corporate self-entitlement at Uber is astonishing. The US ride-hailing service thinks it is “extraordinary and wrong” that it has lost its licence to operate in London, a statement that could be made only by a company that believes failure to follow rules should have no consequences.

Transport for London’s central finding was that 14,000 Uber journeys were conducted between late 2018 and early 2019 by drivers who had faked their identity. Since any one of those trips could have meant that passengers were travelling uninsured, we’re not talking about minor technology glitches. Courts rightly tend to view driving while uninsured as a serious matter. Customers also want to know that the person behind the wheel has been authorised.

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<![CDATA[Power firms move ownership offshore to 'protect against Labour renationalisation']]> National Grid and SSE own Britain’s gas and electricity transmission networks

Two of the UK’s largest power companies have quietly transferred the ownership of their British operations to offshore companies to protect themselves against Labour’s plan for renationalisation.

National Grid and SSE, which together own Britain’s gas and electricity transmission networks, confirmed on Sunday they had created overseas holding companies following Labour’s pledge to restore them to state ownership.

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<![CDATA[National Grid invests £2bn in US amid doubt over UK business]]> Energy firm builds US presence as calls grow to renationalise utilities in Britain

National Grid has ploughed a record of almost £2bn into its booming US-based business this year as increasing political pressure raises questions over the multinational’s future in the UK.

The energy network provider spent nearly £1.6bn growing its regulated US business over the first six months of the year, and also invested £200m into its US-based renewables company Geronimo.

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<![CDATA[Cornish homes take part in trial to supply clean power to grid]]> Project links solar-fitted premises in ‘milestone’ to form a mini virtual power plant

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall have started selling electricity to their local energy network and the national energy system in a pioneering move.

The trial is the first time that traditional energy users – such as homes, hotels and businesses – have acted as suppliers in a microcosm of a full energy system.

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<![CDATA[Britain will have 'enough gas for first winter outside EU']]> Despite assurances on supply, National Grid warns of steep price hikes in UK electricity

Britain will be able to keep its lights on and homes warm through the winter even if imports of European electricity and gas come to a halt, according to National Grid.

The energy system operator said the UK’s first winter outside of the European Union would pose no extra challenges to securing the UK’s gas and power supply.

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<![CDATA[Centrica to use customers' hot water tanks to stop blackouts]]> British Gas owner to harness smart appliances to help balance National Grid

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, plans to use its customers’ hot water tanks to create a virtual power plant which could help National Grid prevent future blackouts.

The UK’s biggest energy supplier hopes to harness household gadgets with energy capacity equivalent to a large power plant by 2025. The plan could help to balance the energy system without any perceptible impact for British households.

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<![CDATA[Energy regulator to face MPs’ questions over role in blackout]]> Official documents show Ofgem has known for 10 years that new safeguards are needed

The energy industry regulator is to be hauled before a committee of MPs to face questions over its role in last month’s blackout after official documents revealed it has known for a decade that new safeguards are needed.

A select committee plans to hold a hearing to press Ofgem on whether it has done enough update its regulation, which might have avoided last month’s “huge and widespread disruption”.

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<![CDATA[National Grid to bring forward plans for new blackout safeguards]]> Operator says energy system should be more resilient after UK’s biggest outage in a decade

National Grid will accelerate plans for new blackout safeguards to avoid another energy system shock after more than a million homes were left without electricity last month.

The grid operator admitted after Britain’s biggest blackout in a decade that the energy system’s standards should be more resilient against the risk of unexpected power plant outages.

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<![CDATA[National Grid says new-style stability software will avoid blackouts]]> Operator is working on series of agreements with companies including General Electric

National Grid plans to stabilise the energy grid by plugging into new technology after raising concerns a year ago that it may be “walking blind” into the risk of blackouts.

The energy system operator is under investigation by the industry regulator, and the government, after Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade struck large parts of England and Wales on 9 August.

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<![CDATA[National Grid blames lightning strike for blackout]]> Ofgem to launch investigation after two power generators tripped offline

National Grid has blamed a lightning strike for Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade after it caused two power generators to trip offline.

The lightning strike was one of many to hit the grid on the same day as the 9 August blackouts but in an “extremely rare and unexpected event” it managed to bring down two electricity generators more than 100 miles apart.

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<![CDATA[Friends is social history – when young people bought coffee without guilt | Lucy Mangan]]> The show’s popularity cruelly reminds you the 90s were not in fact last week – I’m off to bed with a book about the middle ages

A dozen carefully curated episodes of Friends are to be shown at selected cinemas to mark the sitcom’s 25th anniversary. It will be known as The One With The Proof That Time is a Flat Circle.

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<![CDATA[National Grid blackout report expected to blame avoidable faults]]> Operator investigating whether lightning strike near RWE gas plant caused outage

National Grid’s first report into the causes of Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade is expected to blame a string of avoidable faults at electricity generators, networks and rail companies.

On Friday the company, which is responsible for keeping the lights on, will submit an interim report to the energy regulator detailing the cause of the widespread chaos triggered by last week’s grid outage.

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<![CDATA[Verdict on National Grid's handling of blackout 'within weeks']]> UK government’s energy emergency committee will examine cause and procedures

The government’s energy emergency committee will give a verdict on National Grid’s handling of last Friday’s nationwide blackout within weeks.

The business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has tasked the government’s Energy Emergencies Executives Committee with completing a review of the system operator’s role in Britain’s first major blackout in a decade within 12 weeks.

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