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  • Announcement

    The Energy Security Bill explained – from the Queen’s Speech

    On Wednesday 11 May, the Queen's Speech was delivered which announced that an Energy Security Bill will be introduced at some point over the next parliamentary session. What is the Energy Security Bill and what does the Government state the benefits will be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLfmkM0mAqc What are the main elements of...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    Cornwall Insight responds to the announcement of an Energy Bill in the Queen’s Speech

    The Queen’s Speech this week included a much-anticipated announcement that an Energy Bill will be introduced at some point over the next parliamentary session. The Bill is a logical conclusion of policy development in the period since the net zero commitment was made in the summer of 2019. It accommodates...

  • Business supply and services

    Ofgem reaches conclusion for the Microbusiness Strategic Review

    The Microbusiness Strategic Review came to a close on 28 March 2022, with four finalised proposals from Ofgem that aim to protect microbusiness consumers and create a more robust framework through which the market can operate. Following the unprecedented rise in wholesale prices and recent geopolitical events, these changes are...

  • Low carbon generation

    Battery Storage Boom set to continue

    In our latest insight, GB Power Market Outlook to 2030, we estimate that in 2030, almost 10% of grid power comes from battery storage. Growth in the immediate future is set to be strong, in the T-4 2025-26 Capacity market auction, 2.5GW of new-build storage capacity was prequalified, of which...

  • Business supply and services

    Re-balancing the balancing costs –BSUoS charges to be levied solely on suppliers from April 2023

    Balancing the electricity system costs money. National Grid in its role as Electricity System Operator (ESO) takes actions in every half hour to achieve the remarkable feat of keeping supply and demand finely balanced on our national electricity system – maintaining a system which runs between 49.8 and 50.2Hz with...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    Ofgem outlines thinking on protecting credit balances and RO payments

    This article is an extract from our Energy Spectrum publication issued on Monday 25 April. If you are interested in receiving critical policy, regulatory, market and transactional developments across the energy sector, and would like a free full sample of Energy Spectrum, please request a copy here. You only need...

  • Low carbon generation

    Reform in haste, repent at leisure: squaring electricity market reform with investor confidence

    The review of electricity market arrangements (REMA) signalled by the energy security strategy could impact wholesale & balancing markets, & there could be a need to examine the capacity market rules & CFD contracts. It is too early to know what options will ultimately be adopted or when changes would...

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    Dynamic Regulation launches

    National Grid ESO (NGESO) launched the Dynamic Regulation (DR) service on 8 April, with the first auction held at 14:30 on the EPEX auction platform. DR is the second new product that the ESO has introduced to manage frequency on the system, as the system operator introduces a suite of...

  • Low carbon generation

    GB Power Market Outlook to 2030

    This report provides an annual overview of trends for the GB Power Market out to 2030 using outputs from Cornwall Insight’s latest Benchmark Power Curve (BPC) for the British Electricity Market covering England, Scotland and Wales. This publication is based on comprehensive market and asset-level power price modelling that delivers...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    Cornwall Insight responds to the publication of the energy strategy  

    The Energy Security Strategy is a very political document that raises as many questions as it answers. There are clear favourites and as much can be read in to what is in the Strategy as what is not. 15 months on from the Powering Our Net Zero Future White Paper,...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Expanded guidance provides more clarity on electricity supply to EVs

    In a burgeoning EV-centric world, Ofgem’s updated guidance on supplying electricity to electric vehicles (EV) should provide clarity for many organisations around the supply arrangements in place for different charging scenarios. Due to their mobile nature, EVs don’t fit in with the legislative model that defines an electricity consumer by...

  • Innovations

    The Greater Manchester Local Energy Market – what is it?

    Cornwall Insight is part of the Greater Manchester Local Energy Market (GMLEM), a project which is creating a modern energy system across the city. This world-leading scheme led by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) involves 11 key partners, and is a key part of the GMCA’s plans for decarbonisation. Greater...

  • Low carbon generation

    Are renewables the answer to Ireland’s energy crisis?

    The current crisis in the energy markets may seem like it’s all doom and gloom, every week another electricity or gas supplier announces a price hike with the consumer powerless, at the whim of the global commodity prices. However, offshore wind presents a unique opportunity for Ireland, to both decarbonise...

  • Business supply and services

    Businesses facing a 250% increase in gas bills

    The past two years have been incredibly tough for SMEs, with many still struggling to keep their heads above water. To add to what is already a difficult time, Cornwall Insight’s ‘Pricing in the SME gas markets’ quarterly report has shown, that on a year-on-year basis, SME customers are facing...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    Perspective | Is the design of the electricity market costing consumers money?

    This article is from our Energy Spectrum publication which was published on 4 March 2022. It has become increasingly clear the existing market design is unfit for either a future net zero world or a period of fossil fuel price crisis, but what market design might be best for our...

  • Power and gas networks

    ESB Networks consults on its Stakeholder Engagement Report 2021

    ESB Networks published a consultation on its Stakeholder Engagement Report 2021 on Thursday 10 March. The report states that ESB Networks delivered against all eight of its identified engagement focus areas reported in its Stakeholder Engagement Plan 2021 and sets out some examples of engagement undertaken in 2021. This included...

  • Low carbon generation

    Germany tops the leader board with South Korea in second place

    The role of low-carbon hydrogen in achieving our net zero targets has been a hot topic of conversation of late, both within industry circles and in mainstream media and public conversation. As the discussion builds, Cornwall Insight has interrogated the policy and strategy frameworks presented by countries that have branded...

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    All-Island Power Market Outlook to 2030

    This report provides an annual overview of trends for the All-Island Power Market out to 2030 using outputs from Cornwall Insight’s latest forward curve for the All-Island (AI) Single Electricity Market (SEM) covering Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This publication is based on comprehensive market and asset-level power...

  • Low carbon generation

    What to look out for in Third Party Charges in 2022-23

    In recent months, the GB energy market has been exposed to extreme volatility as wholesale prices have grown rapidly, leading to a significant number of supplier exits and questions over consumer affordability of energy bills. This has resulted in notable movement across a number of non-commodity costs (also known as...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    Pragmatism, partnership, and people

    In this piece, we take stock on where we now stand after a tumultuous period for the energy markets since Autumn 2021. But beginning, we want to give voice to the sadness our team feels at the terrible human impact arising out the conflict in Ukraine. This clearly is of...

  • Low carbon generation

    High levels of offline generation capacity in the SEM prompts elevated near-term power prices

    With approximately 1.3GW of offline capacity at present, supply margins in the SEM are currently tightened by the reduced availability at some of these large thermal plants, supporting elevated near-term power prices of which rose strongly week-on-week. Outage trends: Offline capacity is forecast to increase substantially from the previous week,...

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    The changing face of flexibility markets

    Flexibility markets are undergoing a period of evolution in Great Britain, as the electricity system operator (ESO) looks to transition away from the legacy response and reserve services to a new suite of faster-acting services which are designed to support a zero-carbon grid. We saw the first of these new...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    Russian gas dependency and impacts on net zero

    Tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border have been escalating since November last year when satellite imagery showed a fresh build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. Fast forward to the 24 February 2022, Ukraine and Russia are now at war following a Russian invasion. In response to these actions from...

  • Low carbon generation

    Government opens consultation on Maritime Area Consent for ORE

    On 19 January, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD launched a consultation on important aspects of the new Maritime Area Consent (MAC) State consent regime for offshore renewable energy (ORE). This follows the publication of the full text of the Maritime Area Planning (MAP) Act...

  • Low carbon generation

    High and Volatile: Trends from our Q421 Green Power Forecast

    At the end of January we released our latest Green Power Forecast, projecting renewables generators revenues over a five-year horizon whilst also providing Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) pricing and benchmarking updates, and a survey to gauge the latest renewables market trends. Amid the current “energy crisis” arising from an underlying...

  • Low carbon generation

    Why is RAB being pursued for new nuclear

    Nuclear generation has experienced a stop-start approach to investment in GB since the then Labour government put it back on the policy agenda in the early 2000s. Even with the addressing of environmental and operational concerns to the satisfaction of policymakers and regulators, its high capital costs made it require...

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    Unlocking routes to market

    On 19 January 2022, a webinar hosted by Cornwall Insight in partnership with the law firm Weightmans focused on routes to market for renewable projects that may not secure a contract during the fourth allocation round of the 'Contracts for Difference' (CfD) auction, which opened in December 2021. In the...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    EU Commission publishes climate change mitigation taxonomy

    An excerpt from our European Weekly Bulletin, part of our Energy Spectrum Europe package. On Wednesday 2 February, the EU Commission presented its Taxonomy Complementary Climate Delegated Act on climate change mitigation and adaptation covering certain gas and nuclear activities. The commission states that it aims to prevent greenwashing and...

  • Low carbon generation

    Week-on-week day-ahead power price losses in the SEM

    The first reported week of February 2022 recorded week-on-week day-ahead power price losses in the SEM. Source: SEMO/Cornwall Insight Ireland Despite recent week-on-week price losses, day-ahead power prices remain significantly higher than the prices observed in the opening week of February last year, currently out turning 171.0% higher. Day-ahead power...

  • Regulation and policy

    Safety first: UNC modification addresses Ofgem’s concerns over derogations

    On 21 January, Ofgem announced that it was rejecting a modification that would have introduced the concept of derogations into the gas Uniform Network Code (UNC). Since then, a new proposal has been raised, with the intention of addressing the regulator’s concerns around safety aspects and the approval process. Derogations...

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