In this month’s Energy:2030, we focus on the steer of the regulator and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) concerning vital aspects of the electricity system.

In our Perspective, we look closely at the second draft of the ESO’s business plan that sets out its thinking for the RIIO-2 price control, which will lay the groundwork for delivering a smarter and more sustainable energy network in the years approaching 2030.

We also consider a National Infrastructure Commission report that outlines recommendations for utility regulation and strategic infrastructure investment in the long term. We also look at Ofgem’s “least regrets steer” to the industry on the move towards market-wide half-hourly settlement – another major energy sector development.

This month, Pixie Energy held its annual project update event, and we distil some of the discussions about flexibility and innovation from this successful conference.

The role of hydrogen in the future energy system continues to be the focus of much discussion, and we look at an International Renewable Energy Agency report detailing current activity in the hydrogen market, strategy and technology competitiveness.

Continuing our coverage of hydrogen, we look at a new action plan from the Government of South Australia to drive hydrogen production across the region. Also in Australia, we consider recent reforms to integrate distributed energy.

In Europe, we look a report concerning regulation of gas and electricity markets over the next five years. We also look at the potential of scarcity pricing in Belgium to support flexible generation and to ensure security of supply.

In the US, The New York Independent System Operator published a study of its proposal to incorporate the social cost of carbon into the wholesale price of electricity. We also look at a pioneering new method to address settlement imbalances in New England.

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