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Rishi Sunak has pledged to provide extra support for households with their energy bills if he wins the Conservative leadership contest as Cornwall Insight forecast the price cap will peak at more than £4,400 in April next year. The former chancellor of the exchequer, who is lagging behind foreign secretary Liz Truss in the two-horse race, made the commitment after Truss recently rejected “handouts” for households struggling to pay their bills.
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As the UK heads into another heatwave, Thames Water has confirmed it expects to impose a hosepipe in the "coming weeks", becoming the fourth company to do so following Southern, South East and Welsh Water. Although it can not yet confirm the timing due to operational and legal requirements, the company said it will update customers as soon as possible and in the meantime urged them to limit their water use to essential needs.
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Campaigners against EDF’s planned new nuclear plant at Sizewell have instigated a legal bid to overturn Kwasi Kwarteng’s decision to award the project planning permission last month. The secretary of state for business and energy granted consent to the 3.2GW scheme on 20 July, overturning the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation that it should not receive the go ahead.
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The government has announced plans to completely exempt heavy industries such as steel, glass and cement from green levies in a bid to curb the impact of spiralling electricity bills on such firms. Under the existing rules governing the Energy Intensive Industries Exemption Scheme, such heavy power users enjoy a discount of up to 85% on indirect costs of the Contracts for Difference, Renewables Obligation and Feed In Tariff subsidy schemes.
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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects backed by Cadent, Equinor and SSE were amongst 20 shortlisted on Friday (12 August) for government financial backing in the next stage of its drive to establish net zero industrial clusters. The projects selected by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are all part of the East Coast and HyNet North West schemes, which were designated earlier this year as the first two industrial clusters in the UK in line to receive funding for the construction of CCS infrastructure.
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Yorkshire has said a hosepipe ban will be imposed across its region as part of its drought plan during the driest period in 130 years. The restriction will come into effect from 29 August to protect reservoir supplies and ensure sufficient water is left in the environment. It is the fifth company to announce a ban in recent weeks.
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A drought has been declared across much of England with eight of its fourteen regions moved from 'prolonged dry' status to 'in drought' by the National Drought Group. The group met on Friday (12 August) for the second time in recent weeks to assess the impact of the dry, hot weather on the environment. Five water companies have so far announced temporary usage bans, commonly known as hosepipe bans, this summer to protect rivers and reservoirs in their regions.
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Boris Johnson has stated it will be up to his successor to make any significant decisions on further support for people struggling to pay spiralling energy bills. The outgoing prime minister, along with chancellor of the exchequer Nadhim Zahawi and business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, met with energy industry leaders at a roundtable to discuss potential solutions to the current crisis.
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The government has proposed using a dual Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism with separate strike prices for electricity generation and negative emissions to spur the development of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power stations. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said this would be "familiar and effective", offering stable revenues to investors whilst also providing paybacks to consumers when power or carbon prices are high.
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For the second time this summer, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has issued a Capacity Margin Notice alerting the market to a potential stress event. Capacity Margin Notices are automatically triggered around four hours ahead of real time if forecast surplus capacity on the transmission network falls below 500MW.
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Yorkshire Water has begun a pipe-lining programme to address structural and water quality issues by spray lining 14km of piping in the coming year. Programme partner Morrison Water Services said the scheme, which it claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, will reduce costs and embedded carbon emissions by up to 60% each compared to excavating and replacing pipes.
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Eon has reported a rise in first half profits from its retail arm in the UK following a huge increase in gas sales on the wholesale market.  It said cost savings from the ongoing restructuring of the business also contributed to a 59% increase in adjusted EBITDA to €352 million (£296 million).
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People living in poorly insulated homes face paying a nearly £2,000 premium on their energy bills when this winter’s price cap hike comes into force, new analysis shows. The warning comes as pressure grows on politicians to act soon to mitigate the worst impacts of impending energy bill hikes, with fresh speculation about expanding the scope of the windfall tax.
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The National Drought Group will meet again on Friday as the country experiences another heatwave but is yet to declare any parts of the country are in drought. Four water companies have imposed hosepipe bans following the prolonged dry weather and water efficiency messaging has been ramped up by all suppliers
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