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UK pumping more than 70,000 tonnes of extra carbon emissions into atmosphere, Sky News finds | Business News

Britain is sending tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere because its electricity grid operator is prioritising gas-fired power stations over battery storage, Sky News has found.

National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) has been dramatically under-using the battery storage available to it, skipping those cells and relying instead on other power sources, including fossil fuels.

Analysis for Sky News by Modo Energy, an energy data analytics platform, found that these decisions to “skip” available battery storage and fire up gas power stations created 71,000 tonnes of extra carbon emissions in the year to October alone – equivalent to the annual emissions of 44,000 petrol cars.

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The revelation, which comes as ministers and delegates in Dubai near the conclusion of the latest round of COP talks, underlines the extent to which today’s power systems are struggling to accommodate new, green technology – with the upshot, perversely, of more carbon emissions than there should be.

Ben Guest, managing director of New Energy at Gresham House, which controls the single biggest fleet of battery parks across the UK, said that these lithium ion cells, dotted around the country, are part of the answer to how to eliminate carbon emissions.

The theory is that they charge when there’s more power being generated than is needed, and then send that power back to the grid when the wind isn’t blowing hard enough or during peak periods.

But, at present, Mr Guest said, National Grid is choosing to skip its batteries about 80% of the time.

“Unfortunately, it means if you’ve got to fire up gas [power stations] to provide that flexibility, they’ve also got to push something else off [the grid], and it’s invariably wind generation.

“So, we’re curtailing and paying to turn off perfectly good, renewable generation to a fairly significant degree.”

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Kin review: Explosive Irish crime drama Kin puts the fun in dysfunctional family UK News

Ireland’s all about the craic, isn’t it? A drop of the black stuff, the Blarney stone, impromptu singalongs in the pub.

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Am I eligible for a free BBC TV Licence? How to apply UK News

The household payment, which funds much of the corporation’s operations, had been frozen at £159 and was set to rise in line with inflation next year.

Though the expected 9% increase – which would have meant an increase of around £15 from April 2024 – has been reduced, the Government said.

However, you may not need to purchase a TV Licence. This is everything you need to know.

When do I need a TV Licence?

You do not need a TV Licence to watch:

  • streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus
  • on-demand TV through services like All 4 and Amazon Prime Video
  • videos on websites like YouTube
  • videos or DVDs

You do need a TV Licence if you:

  • watch or record live TV on any channel or service
  • use BBC iPlayer

Am I eligible for a free TV Licence?

For those of us aged 75 or over who are in receipt of Pension Credit, the TV Licence can be obtained for free rather than costing £159.

Guidance from TV Licensing says: “Free TV Licences are only available if you’re 75 or over and you, or your partner living at the same address, are receiving Pension Credit.

“If you think you’re eligible for a free licence but can’t apply online, please call 0300 790 6117* and speak to one of our advisors to request an application form (our lines are open between 8.30am and 6.30pm, from Monday to Friday).

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“Once we’ve received your application it may take a few weeks to process. If there are any problems we’ll write to let you know. We may also call you if you have given us your phone number.

“There are separate arrangements in place for over 75s on the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey.”

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This notice was published: 2023-12-08 11:16:53

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New images reveal Northumberland Street regeneration vision – with work finally set to start UK News

A contractor has now been appointed to carry out a transformation of Newcastle’s maing shopping street, which it is hoped will be completed by the summer of 2025

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This notice was published: 2023-12-08 19:23:10

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French woman faces deportation after 42 years as Home Office email went to “junk folder” | UK | News UK News

A French citizen is facing deportation after living legally in the UK for more than 40 years.

Leonarda Zarcone, 74, applied for EU settled status after Brexit but missed the deadline to provide more information after an email went to her junk folder.

The Home Office said it tried to contact her several times but now Ms Zarcone is facing the “shock of (her) life”.

The retired chip shop owner was told she did not have residency and had lost the right to live in the UK from an airport immigration officer when she came back to the UK after a family wedding in France in September.

She was eventually given a 28-day visitor stamp and allowed through border control.

Ms Zarcone lived in the UK as a child and moved permanently with her husband and two eldest children in 1981.

She cares for her husband and daughter and said she is worried and “really upset”.

“All my family and my roots are here. It’s really frightening,” she told the BBC.

The family ran a traditional British fish and chip shop in Leicester until she retired seven years ago.

Her son and husband also submitted EU settlement claims and were both approved, leaving Ms Zarcone to assume hers would be approved too.

But the Home Office demanded more evidence that she had lived in the UK continuously for five years and she missed the deadline to respond.

Her son David Brunetto said: “She’s receiving a state pension, so she’s paid into the system.

“She’s paid her taxes. She’s paying council tax. There’s lots of proof.”

Ms Zarcone made a new application in September which was rejected as invalid, and then her visitor’s visa expired.

She received a letter from the Home Office about the “consequences of staying in the UK unlawfully”, such as detainment, prosecution and deportation.

Ms Zarcone said her youngest daughter and grandchildren were born in Leicester, and the prospect of being separated from her family is upsetting.

She added: “I’m really sad. I’m really angry. Where can I go? When my family lives here and my children.”

She has turned to an immigration lawyer for help, Tito Mbariti, who said her case is “shocking, as bad as it gets”.

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

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This notice was published: 2023-12-08 17:02:00

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Italian grandmother who has lived in UK for 42 years told to leave by Home Office | UK News

An Italian woman who has lived in the UK for 42 years has been ordered to leave or face prosecution.

Leonarda Zarcone, 74, who has three children and four grandchildren in the UK, was born in Italy and has French citizenship.

After moving to the UK permanently with her husband, Marcel Brunetto, in 1981, they settled in Leicester and opened a fish and chip shop.

After the UK left the EU in 2020, her family applied for and were granted settled status, but the Home Office requested more information on Ms Zarcone before they approved her application.

An email from the government went into the grandmother’s spam emails, and she did not see it. Last month, she got a letter ordering her to leave the country.

Ms Zarcone told the SWNS news agency: “When I opened the letter it was the shock of my life. All my family and my roots are here. It’s really frightening. I have nowhere to go.

“I moved to this country 42 years ago with my husband. We raised our three children here and ran a business together here.

“I have paid National Insurance, taxes and lived an honest life. My family have made their lives here and my youngest daughter was born in the UK. We even support Leicester City football team, this is our home.”

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Ms Zarcone only found out about her situation with the Home Office after she was stopped by an immigration officer when returning from France in September after a family wedding.

She was eventually allowed through border control at East Midlands Airport with a 28-day visitor stamp which has now expired.

“I am now an illegal immigrant and all because of an email which was sent to my junk folder,” she added.

“I am not great with computers. It makes me cry to think…

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This notice was published: 2023-12-08 16:05:00

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Omid Scobie appears to admit early draft of book did name King and Kate, Princess of Wales, as royals in race row | UK News

Author Omid Scobie appears to have admitted an early draft of his book did name the royals alleged to have raised “concerns” about the skin colour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son.

It comes after the Dutch version of his title Endgame was pulled from shops due to a “translation error” last month after it identified the King and Princess of Wales as the members of the Royal Family who allegedly made comments about the couple’s baby before he was born.

The royal biographer previously insisted that he never submitted a version of book that included the names.

However, Scobie has now suggested that an early draft of his work, which mentioned the King and princess, was submitted to the Dutch translators – but not by him and without his knowledge.

He said the only publisher he had worked with directly was the company in charge of the UK and US versions, and that responsibility for foreign language editions had been outsourced to others.

The writer made the admission in a column for the i newspaper, published on Friday, in which he addressed the “backlash” against his book.

Mr Scobie said he had been “confused” about the Dutch version and had been trying to “piece together” what happened.

He wrote: “Unbeknownst to me at the time, early and uncleared text was provided to the Dutch publisher in order for them to start work on the translation, with the understanding that their translation would be updated to reflect the final version of the book I officially submitted.

“Other foreign-language publishers, including in France and Italy, were also doing the same thing, though their versions perfectly replicated the completed work.”

Mr Scobie added: “What I can be sure of is that I edited carefully, took independent legal advice, and the finished book that I submitted was not the version published in the Netherlands.”

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This notice was published: 2023-12-08 16:17:00

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Elizabeth Line delays after line fall causes power failure UK News

London Fire Brigade (LFB) helped take passengers to safety following incidents at three stations last night, with rail services still affected today (December 8).

Transport for London says there is currently no service between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5 and severe delays between Abbey Wood and Reading and Heathrow Terminals 4 while Network Rail fix damaged overhead power cables at Paddington.

Tickets are being accepted on London Underground, London Buses, local buses, Thameslink, South Eastern Railway, DLR, South Western Railways and Chiltern Railways.

There are minor delays on the rest of the line.

Firefighters assisted partners at Ladbroke Grove Underground Station after an overheard line fell.

LFB said around 1,000 passengers on a nine-carriage train were returned to Paddington Station after the track was confirmed to be clear. The brigade was called at 7.29pm and the incident was over for firefighters at 10.36pm.

At Hanwell Railway Station, three fire engines and around 15 firefighters helped evacuate one passenger train carrying 165 passengers and another carrying 250 passengers. There were no reports of any injuries.

The brigade was called at 8.02pm and the incident was over for firefighters at 10.47pm.

At Acklam Road in Notting Hill, two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from North Kensington and Paddington Fire Stations helped make the scene safe after around 1,000 passengers on a nine-carriage train were evacuated from the tracks to safety.

There were no reports of any injuries. The brigade was called at 9.17pm and the incident was over for firefighters at 10.11pm.

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TV licence rules and what you can legally watch without paying fee as cost rises UK News

The Government has announced that the TV licence fee will increase to £169.50 a year from April 2024 – here is a round-up of the rules

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‘This is not Disneyland’ – Sheffield Wednesday boss has plans for strong January transfer window UK News

Sheffield Wednesday have a new Head of Recruitment, but Danny Röhl’s work on recruitment next month hasn’t just started.

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