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The Emerging Clean Energy Economy: Customer-Driven. Modernized. Reliable.

The Power Grid of the Future: Choice, Innovation, Opportunity, and Challenge Amidst the profound shift underway in the electric power industry, today’s customers are increasingly seeking choice in how they manage their energy. They are adopting distributed energy resources (DERs)—rooftop solar, onsite energy storage, electric vehicles, and energy management systems—to achieve cost savings, cleaner energy, conservation, and enhanced reliability. In response, the industry has begun an era of reinvention to enable these choices and create a clean, reliable energy future.


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Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice

Market entry, quality and risk-based regulation
• We will replace multiple overlapping HE systems with a single regulator and route into the
sector.
• We will move to risk-based regulation which will reduce the regulatory burden across the
sector, except for those providers where additional monitoring is needed.
• New high quality institutions will be able to compete on equal terms with quicker entry to
the sector.
• We will continue to set a high bar on quality to ensure that providers are delivering value


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Small companies stock exchange PLUS Markets Group seeks buyer after turbulent year

Following a period of turbulence which has seen the company’s share price fall 50% in just 12 months, PLUS says it now wants to “identify appropriate potential partners for the company, or major strategic investors”. It is thought that the company, which itself is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and in late 2006 raised £25m in a share placing to expand its trading and quotation services, is seeking a new injection of funding, with a view to capitalising on new regulations and technologies over the coming months.


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38 companies to float on AIM in 2016 finish year up 39% on average

The 38 companies to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in 2016 have ended the year up more than 39% on average, while the 263 firms already listed raised more than £3.8bn in further fundraising.

Launched in 1995, AIM has now helped its listed companies raise close to £100bn in new and further fundraising.

This year has seen some major floats including the debut of chocolatier Hotel Chocolat, a £40m IPO for conference call company LoopUp, Yü Energy’s oversubscribed IPO and publisher Time Out Group’s £90m IPO.


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Advice from a young entrepreneur: 5 business strategies to adopt in 2017

I’m writing this from a plane headed to South Africa, for my first holiday in almost two years. It’s been an exciting, but busy few months at my own company Synap, that’s seen us grow from 0 to 1,000 paying customers, our first commercial contract, and our first employees.

As things wind down for Christmas, I thought I’d take stock of the key things I’ve learned over the last year. In no particular order…

1) Practice articulating your vision


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Oil Producers Turn to Wind Power

The Netherlands wants to build the world’s largest offshore wind project, and an unlikely company is helping: Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

The oil-and-gas giant is facing shareholder pressure to develop its renewable business. Add in falling construction costs for such projects, and Shell has decided to join a handful of other oil companies aiming to leverage their experience drilling under punishing conditions at sea.


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Eight reasons Leave won the UK's referendum on the EU

What started off as a trickle soon became a steady stream and ended up as a flood.
The public was bombarded with warnings about how they would be poorer if they voted to leave the EU but, in the end, weren't convinced by what they were told and/or believed it was a price worth paying.
The CBI, the IMF, the OECD, the IFS - an alphabet soup of experts lined up to say economic growth would be hobbled, unemployment would go up, the pound would plummet and British business would be left in a no man's land outside the EU.


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Peter Frankopan: The events of 1498 changed our world

2016 has been a momentous year. BBC Radio 4's Today programme asked top historians whether there were parallels with years gone by.
For many, the world of 2016 has felt strange, unfamiliar and threatening. Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the refugee crisis, the horror of Aleppo, and fear of religious and political fundamentalism have all been unsettling.


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Monte dei Paschi sees funding gap grow

Italian lender Monte dei Paschi is facing a capital shortfall of €8.8bn (£7.5bn), higher than the €5bn previously estimated by the bank, the European Central Bank has said.
It comes after Italy approved a €20bn fund to prop up its embattled banking sector on 23 December.
Monte dei Paschi had asked for a capital injection to stay afloat.
It is carrying a mountain of bad loans made to customers who cannot afford to repay them.
In a statement from the bank on Monday, it confirmed it had officially asked the ECB to go ahead with a "precautionary recapitalisation".


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Hack attack drains start-up investment fund: Time Business News

Hackers have taken control of virtual cash worth $60m (£41m) by exploiting a bug in a system designed to help start-ups.
The attack targeted an investment fund called the DAO which is based on technology derived from the Bitcoin crypto-currency.
DAO members are now debating how to recover the diverted funds.
One suggestion involves rolling back the entire computerised system to a time when the hack had not happened.
'Nightmare scenario'


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