From the monthly Report

Price spikes, not blackouts, are the biggest risk this winter

We are not at high risk from blackouts this winter. That is the strong response from New Power’s panel of energy industry experts in a survey carried out in October. Experts said that the market would respond, to provide power when needed. But they said part of the reason was that prices would “spike” – shooting up for periods that could be as short as half a hour – and that could have dramatic effects on industry players, possibly driving them into financial distress.

OCTOBER ISSUE OUT NOW

INTERVIEW
Mike Weston of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform talks about where pensions are investing – and the unintended consequences of Contracts for Difference

David Williams of Eco2 on why renewables investors are leaving the UK behind

FEATURES
Tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay – how it works
Evolving investment strategies

PLUS:
New gas plant fails to qualify for Capacity Market
The LCF: a chance for budget discipline or a political fiction?
Why the industry needs a one-stop Code shop
Acer: market breaches “would have involved sanctions”
Rough problems delay marketing
AND MUCH MORE

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New Power: SEPTEMBER ISSUE OUT NOW

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In the September issue:

INTERVIEW
Paul Brodrick of Siemens explains how Manchester can become a smart city
“When we get out of our energy silo the world is not broken up into half-hourly settlement periods”
FEATURES
Looking forward to the Capacity Market auction: will the price rise or fall?
The rise of diesel
Domestic demand side response: what’s it worth?
“The cost of the support needed to sustain household demand management outweighs any small reductions in
peak demand”

PLUS:
Stuart Stephens on auctioning renewables – and why there is an opportunity for generators
Smart meters and switching
Nexus implementation slips by a year

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Citizens Advice talks about the CMA’s proposed remedies:

“The CMA deserves considerable credit for the bravery and ambition of its transitional tariff proposals”

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New Power: AUGUST ISSUE OUT NOW

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INTERVIEW: Kevin McCullough of Calon Energy on investing in UK gas turbines and the sector’s route back to an economic return

EXPERIENCE: Paul Cuttill of Drenl discusses recent project developments

FEATURES
Networks: a look into the future?
Solar: new projects face higher hurdles, but who’s buying in for the long term?
Onshore wind: how new planning measures add to the industry’s woes
CMA: summary and responses  – and why did the CMA single out smart meters?

PLUS:
How much should undergrounding cost?
Interconnectors – Euro funding, UK window delayed and our updated listing
SmartDCC – new cost estimates

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