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The government needs to set out a strengthened policy framework if its ambition of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year is to be achieved, industry voices have warned. Eon chief executive Michael Lewis said the target will be a “massive but necessary step” towards ending reliance on gas for heating.
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Vattenfall and Midlothian Council have formed a 50:50 joint venture to build heat networks across the area. The first project to delivered under the partnership will be a £20 million network supplying the new town of Shawfair on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
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Town-scale trials are needed to end the energy industry’s “total paralysis” on the decarbonisation of heating, the founder of Greencoat Capital has argued. While conceding that the costs may run into the “hundreds of millions of pounds”, managing director Richard Nourse said the bill would be “pretty skinny” when compared to the amounts that must ultimately be spent to address the issue.
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Energy Networks Association’s Open Networks Project, which has been engaging with industry to power towards a smarter, low-carbon energy system, has reached some key milestones, says ENA's head of innovation, Randolph Brazier
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Jonathan Westley, of Experian, says utilites have the power to help reduce the number of people excluded from the financial system.
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High efficiency combined cooling, heat and power units housed in the Olympic Energy Centres will help power the Games and fly the flag for community schemes of the future, says Leon van Vurren.
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The Energy Efficiency Directive's plan for mandatory combined heat and power is winning few friends, reports Siân Crampsie.
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With Decc's Heat Strategy imminent, Stuart Campbell tells the government to provide firm policy and help with financing if it is serious about district heating and CHP.
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2012 looks to be the year heat finally makes it on to the decarbonisation agenda, says Roger Milne.
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Janet Wood asked Flexitricity founder Alastair Martin what he thought about the Department of Energy and Climate Change's proposals for capacity payments and demand-side response.
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Bristol City Council has received a £2.5 million grant from the European Investment Bank to set up an energy services company (Esco). The authority eventually hopes to secure around £70 million investment from the EIB to set up the company that it will own on behalf of Bristol citizens.
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