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The Independent System Operator proposed by Ofgem should form part of a National Energy Agency tasked with overseeing the wider transition to net zero emissions, a senior figure at KPMG has argued. Simon Virley, a partner at the firm and its head of energy and natural resources, said there are “plenty of precedents” for such an agency, both in Britain and overseas.
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The Energy White Paper’s suggestion that in future customers could be automatically switched to cheaper deals has been met with warnings about unintended consequences. But Citizens Advice’s Elizabeth Blakelock tells Utility Week she believes it has the potential to break down consumer concerns about switching and boost engagement.
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South West Water is looking for community projects that encourage water efficiency. The company is offering funding for non-profit groups that want to install efficiency schemes such as drought gardens
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The host of the UK's most popular radio show will be revealing the winners of the prestigious Utility Week Awards at next month's virtual awards.
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Anglian has had approval from Defra to accelerate investment in schemes that will benefit the environment. The company will invest £800 million in natural water treatment, river restoration and enhancing biodiversity in its region
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Business utility provider Yu Group says its newly implemented digital sales channel has “exceeded all expectations”, resulting in an £18.6 million increase in annualised revenue in H2 compared to H1. This was a result of introducing a third-party digital platform in H1 last year, which chief executive Bobby Kalar says represents the company’s shift towards a more digital-first model.
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Renewable developer Anesco has agreed to build a 200MW subsidy-free solar portfolio for investment firm Gresham House, with the “shovel-ready” sites ranging in size from 20MW to 50MW. Engineering, procurement and construction will all be handled by Anesco, which will also provide long-term operations and maintenance for the solar farms once they are powered up. Utility Week speaks to Anesco chief executive Mark Futyan.
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Hydrogen could be pumped into the gas network before the end of this decade, the secretary of state for business and energy, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said. But he warned that first of all, the public needs to be reassured the technology is safe.
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Shell has agreed to buy Ubitricity, the owner of more than 2,700 charge points across the UK, representing a market share of more than 13 per cent. Shell said the acquisition marks its expansion into the fast-growing on-street EV charging market and would help it to scale its overall charging offer.
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, Eon has had to lock some online accounts after a security breach. Meanwhile, Hitachi has rejected pleas from unions to keep its Welsh nuclear power project alive; there are calls for Britain to build gigafactories to accelerate the electric vehicle transition and Schneider Electric has topped a global league of green firms
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Ofgem has recommended the full separation of the electricity system operator (ESO) from the National Grid. Following a review, the regulator concluded that key gas network planning functions should also be hived off, to create a new independent energy system operator.
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Smart meter manufacturer Landis+Gyr has struck a major deal to provide EDF with a further 650,000 SMETS2 gas and electricity meters over the next four years. 500,000 devices. Landis+Gyr has been involved in the rollout since 2013 and is under contract to supply 22 million smart meters in total and has already delivered around 12 million.
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Small energy provider Outfox the Market has reversed its fortunes by climbing 19 places to become the Which? top-rated energy supplier. It has overtaken Octopus Energy, which has topped the list for the past two years.
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Gas networks in Great Britain have released a joint plan for their conversion to deliver hydrogen over the coming years. The roadmap includes proposals to begin blending hydrogen into the gas grid at rates of up 20 per cent from 2023, create the first hydrogen neighbourhood by 2025 and the first hydrogen village and then town by the end of the decade, supported by 5GW of production capacity. Utility Week speaks to the Energy Networks Association's head of gas Matt Hindle about the next steps.
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Code administrator Elexon has been selected by Ofgem as the senior responsible owner (SRO) for the implementation of Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS). Previous proposals had Ofgem as both programme sponsor and SRO. However in a consultation document the energy regulator unveiled plans to place responsibility for management and delivery of the programme with industry, with Elexon acting as SRO.
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