UK energy regulator Ofgem and the UK Government have opened a consultation aimed at finding ways to develop “a smarter, more flexible and user-friendly energy system” which includes “looking at what can be done to make it easier for businesses to provide voluntary demand side response, where they turn down electricity use at peak times in exchange for payments” they said in a statement published on Ofgem's website.
Ofgem has accepted legally binding commitments from utility SSE, following a Competition Act investigation into whether its behaviour could have impeded competition for connecting new developments to its electricity distribution network in the south of England.
“As a result of accepting the commitments, Ofgem is closing its investigation with no decision made on whether or not SSE infringed competition law” Ofgem said in a statement.
The ongoing energy reform in Mexico is set to “reverse the country’s declining oil production, increase the share of renewables in the power sector, and slow the growth in carbon emissions, providing a solid foundation for robust economic growth in the coming decades” according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Advancing much-needed power projects, the Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) has cleared 23 plant proposals for the conduct of a grid impact study (GIS) – a precondition before developers can proceed with the actual construction. If built, these projects will have a combined capacity of just over 2,750 MW.
Issuing a stark warning about the risk of power shortages from 2018, Sri Lanka's energy regulator has called on utilities to immediately start construction works for a first series of approved power plant projects. Pressure to add much-needed capacity has been put in particular on Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka’s main energy supplier.