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Ofgem launches power plant planning probe

Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

Energy watchdog Ofgem has opened investigations to see if five generators provided false or misleading information to National Grid about planning consents for some of their proposed generating units.

The companies being investigated are Adret Ltd, Alkane Energy UK, Berangere Ltd, GF Power Peaking Ltd and Power Balancing Service Ltd.

A condition of participation in the first-ever auction last year was that any new-build generating units put forward had to have already secured planning approval.

The Capacity Market is part of the government’s reforms intended to ensure sufficient capacity on the system to keep the lights on. National Grid runs an annual auction to decide which generators and providers of demand-side response will be awarded a capacity agreement, in return for providing capacity at times of system stress.

An Ofgem spokesperson said: “The opening of these investigations does not imply that we have made any findings about non-compliance.”

GF Power Peaking Ltd secured capacity agreements for all nine of its new-build generators; Berangere Ltd (formerly registered as GFE 2015 Ltd) secured capacity agreements for all three of its new-build generators; Adret Ltd (formerly registered as GFE 2017 Ltd) secured capacity agreements for two out of three of its new-build generators in the capacity auction; Alkane Energy secured capacity agreements for nine of its ten new-build generators in the auction and, finally, Power Balancing Services Ltd secured capacity agreements for four of its six generating units.

View the Ofgem press release

Roger Milne