Countdown to COP

Our new campaign plots the course to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November and looks at the key topics for utilities.

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What role should nuclear power play in meeting the 2050 net zero target? As part of our Countdown to COP series, Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry Association discusses the lessons from countries that have failed to replace lost nuclear capacity and issues a plea for the UK not to follow the same path.
Opinion
The debate over decarbonisation of heat is marked by polarised views from the passionate advocates of electrification and green gas - each with a statistic at the ready to prove their case. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP series, David Blackman unpicks the arguments and examines the key question for policymakers - what role hydrogen will have in warming the homes of the future?
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Making the switch to low-carbon heating attractive and accessible to consumers will be a crucial part of achieving net zero. As part of our Countdown to COP series, Utility Week speaks to Eon boss Michael Lewis, who explains that a combination of the right financial incentives and consumer education will be key to the transition.
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Flexible Connections were once seen as a key enabler for the cost effective and timely addition of renewable generation to the grid. However, the product has not adapted to address concerns around market access, liabilities and long-term optionality. Smarter Grid Solutions co-founder Alan Gooding looks at what went wrong, and suggests some solutions.
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Reaching net zero by 2050 requires a splurge of infrastructure spending. How do we incentivise that investment, ensure regulatory and planning policies don’t impede process and that local communities are not adversely impacted? This topic was discussed at a Utility Week roundtable of senior industry figures and experts in policy, regulation and renewables infrastructure.
Analysis
To decarbonise the UK’s heating stock, the received wisdom is that we must ensure public buy-in. But critics of this view argue most people are never going to get excited about boilers, so the focus should be on making green heating the default choice. James Wallin looks at the debate and asks what we can learn from The Archers.
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British Water’s chief executive talks about the collective action needed for water to have a seat at the table for the UN’s climate conference in Glasgow.
Opinion
A taskforce has been launched to accelerate the digitalisation of the energy system. The Energy Digitalisation Taskforce is the successor to the Energy Data Taskforce and will once again be chaired by Laura Sandys.
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UK Power Networks has had its carbon reduction plan and targets endorsed by the Science-Based Target Initiative. The distribution network operator said it is on course to reach net zero for all directly-controllable carbon emissions by 2028. This comprises a 42 per cent reduction in these emissions based on the 2018/19 level, with the rest offset.
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The government’s ambitious target to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 will inevitably lead to more pressure on the utilities sector to deliver on its own decarbonisation plans. As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at where that pressure is likely to be applied.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week presents a showcase of some of the most promising energy storage technologies. Tom Grimwood explores the potential - and the limitations - of solutions ranging from flow batteries to liquid air energy storage and the use of gravity, among others.
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