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Switching saw a substantial decrease last month compared to September 2019, the latest figures from Energy UK show. In addition, Electralink has released its figures for the sector which also show a decrease in the numbers switching. Despite this, Electralink says seasonal trends are continuing.
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A carbon tax would be preferable to a UK-only emissions trading system, Energy UK’s chief executive Emma Pinchbeck has insisted. She added that uncertainty of future arrangements is already having an impact on the ability of energy companies to forward plan and hedge.
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Companies operating in the wind sector have been urged to publicly share data on fire incidents to enable the industry to better identify and address emerging issues as turbines grow in size. Firetrace, a supplier of fire suppression systems, said the lack of transparency is leaving the industry “open to attack” by opponents, allowing one-off incidents to be interpreted as “just the tip of the iceberg”.
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Water cannot be excluded from energy and planning discussions if the UK is to meet its commitments to net zero, according to a new paper from the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum that recommends ambitious targets for consumption and calls for mandatory sustainable drainage and water labelling.
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Business secretary Alok Sharma has announced the government will extend the default tariff cap until the end of 2021. The cap, which was brought in on 1 January last year, is set by industry regulator Ofgem and is reviewed every six months.
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Consumers may be more willing to buy their energy from a local supplier if they are also able to stay with their current provider at the same time, a new study from researchers at University College London has suggested. The paper, published in the Energy Policy journal, also indicates that consumers may be more willing to sign up with a local company if they are implicitly endorsed by their present supplier.  
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, Ofwat lashes out at the CMA's generous interim determinations as lacking 'explanation, reasoning or analysis'; three water companies are scrutinised for their offshore accounts; and a report from the London School of Economics states 80,000 jobs could be created in the green recovery.
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Energy customers struggling to pay their bills will be given more support via new license requirements, the industry regulator has announced. As part of the new rules, suppliers will be required to offer emergency credit to customers struggling to top up their prepayment meter, many of whom are likely to be in vulnerable circumstances.
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Cities across the UK should take a holistic approach when tackling the net-zero challenge, ensuring that fuel poor households are engaged in the transition, Eon Energy’s head of city energy transformation has stressed.
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CCW has reviewed how water companies interacted with billpayers when writing their PR19 business plans and made recommendations for best practice looking ahead to PR24 including a call for comparable nationwide data
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Citizens Advice is pushing for the creation of an ‘essential services taskforce’ to simplify and improve the support received by vulnerable customers. In its ‘Getting support to those who need it’ report the consumer charity outlines a number of challenges faced by vulnerable customers, namely the complicated process of supplying multiple service providers with their relevant data.
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Chalk streams health will be improved following promises by Affinity, Anglian, Southern and Thames Water to reduce abstraction and pollution to restore flows and health of these ecologically critical waterways
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