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In this issue, our Energy Perspective focuses on BEIS’ recent Smart Export Guarantee consultation. With the end of the Feed-in Tariff regime to new applicants from 31 March 2019, we support the thrust of the proposed new scheme and a swift transition to it.

We report on Ofgem’s inaugural Local Energy and the Energy System Transition event earlier this month, which aimed to stimulate more efficient sharing of ideas on local energy models.

Ofgem is seeking to implement major reforms to electricity network charging and has recently concluded a consultation on proposals as part of its Targeted Charging Review. We catch up with recent developments.

Citizens Advice has recently looked at tariffs available to EV owners, and we look at this as well as a spate of new charging initiatives.

With the first phase of Pixie Energy’s Ipswich Flexibility Study complete, we report on progress and consider how best to develop the learnings created in a second phase of the scheme. We also look at the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme as it reaches new landmarks and prepares for its ninth year.

We consider the broader energy outlook to 2030 this month and compare projections in The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2018 and consultancy McKinsey’s Global Energy Perspective 2019.

Internationally, a report by E3G has urged the EU to work towards a Just Transition as part of its 2050 carbon neutral strategy. Meanwhile, Germany’s “coal commission” issued its recommendations in January as it sets a pathway to phase-out coal by 2038.

In North America, we consider New York Independent System Operator’s five-year power grid plan, while in Australia, we look at updates in wholesale demand response rules and a network services trial.

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