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The “significant premium” National Grid has agreed to pay for Western Power Distribution could undermine the former’s argument that the cost of equity being offered by Ofgem in RIIO2 is too low, according to Investec senior analyst Martin Young. He shares his thoughts on the deal with Utility Week as well as his predictions for the sale of National Grid’s gas transmission arm.
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Northern Gas Networks is to crowdfund investment for the next phase of its gas mains replacement programme. NGN is aiming to raise £1 million through a green bond launched through the Abundance Investment platform, with people able to commit as little as £5.
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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a new online portal that enables installers to get quicker and easier decisions on whether they can connect green technologies such as electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps, solar panels and batteries. The electricity distribution network said Smart Connect was developed in partnership with Octopus Electric Vehicles in response to feedback from customers, who said the old process was confusing and time-consuming.
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Net zero is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system. This high-level report, in association with Microsoft and Accenture, explores how digital technology and partnership working can help the sector accelerate and scale up to deliver the transition affordably.
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The principle of no customer being left behind in the shift to a smarter, more flexible energy system is hard to argue with. However, some experts believe that in the short-term a just transition is just impossible. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, James Wallin examines different pathways to fairness – from ensuring the most vulnerable benefit first to the introduction of non-participant tariffs.
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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced plans to become a net zero emissions company by 2028 as part of the second draft of its RIIO2 business plan. The date is 22 years ahead of the UK’s target and 15 years earlier than its original proposal of 2043 from the first draft.
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Problems with solar panels and insultation were the most complained about issues over a three-year period, Citizens Advice has revealed. A report titled Home Truths, examines three years of contacts to Citizens Advice’s consumer service from people who need help with installing low carbon technologies or making energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
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The next phase of the net zero transition will require strong public engagement and consent. However, new reports from Citizens Advice highlight that consumer markets are not ready for the change. Gillian Cooper, the charity's head of energy policy, says if the sector does not make it easier for people to upgrade their homes, the transition will be unsuccessful.
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ElectraLink, the administrator for the Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA), has launched a digitalised version of the 1,100-page document as part of a push to modernise the code.
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Western Power Distribution has launched an open access online portal offering a “wealth of data” on consumption, generation and loads across its network. The Beta Connected Data Portal is the first of its kind to be launched by a distribution network operator in Great Britain.
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As part of the investment strand of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week talks to Michael McNicholas of Omers, the backers of SGN and Thames Water. He discusses the investment case for UK utilities and ways to incentivise long-term, low-risk capital to drive forward decarbonisation.
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Ovo Energy has launched a new dedicated electric vehicle (EV) division and has appointed the co-founder of former disruptor brand Tonik Energy as its managing director. Utility Week takes a look at this and other appointments from across the sector.
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From harnessing earth’s resources to saving the planet, driving technological change and reducing costs, today’s leadership teams in utility companies have a lot to contend with. Is it a case of ‘to act or be acted upon’? EIC’s Alan Mullett reflects on how productivity and wellbeing can be approved in tandem.
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, there are interviews with Alistair-Phillips Davies and Hayden Wood, chief executives of SSE and Bulb respectively, as well as with former National Grid boss Steve Holliday. Meanwhile, the government is considering how to designate more rivers as bathing waters.
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