Criticism of government works was popular this week as the Public Accounts committee became the latest parliamentary body to take aim at the government’s management of the Levy Control Framework and the Solar Trade Association sought to heap yet more scrutiny on a proposed increase to business rates. Meanwhile, the storage market saw further movements.


Public Accounts Committee laments government LCF mismanagement

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has become the latest government body to have found the government guilty of severe mismanagement of the Levy Control Framework (LCF).

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STA ramps up solar business rates campaign ahead of April adoption

The Solar Trade Association is ramping up its campaign against a proposed increase in solar business rates, aiming to secure a U-turn ahead of new rates coming into force on 1 April 2017.

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National Grid considering shift away from one and two year grid balancing tender contracts

National Grid is considering moving away from one and two year contracts within its grid balancing tenders, which according to the system operator’s UK director do not reflect the transition needed within the energy system in the future.

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Major UK solar investors pessimistic over current battery storage opportunity

Listed funds in the UK which own a significant portion of the country’s utility-scale solar PV assets are not currently convinced by battery storage’s feasibility, but remain primed to deploy the technology at scale when the time is right.

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Industry critiques latest capacity market round as battery storage lands just 10MW

Industry officials have criticised a lack of encouragement for green energy projects after battery storage won just over 10MW of combined capacity in the latest capacity market auction, well down on the success enjoyed by the technology in December’s T-4 bidding process.

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