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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, the head of Britain’s energy regulator has stressed there is still an “open conversation” to be had over network price controls. Elsewhere, large energy retailers are accused of “greenwashing”, Professor Dieter Helm gives his view on Boris Johnson’s renewables pledge and sector figures are honoured by the Queen.
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Ofgem’s former chief executive has said the regulator needs statutory guidance on how its core objectives should reflect the net-zero journey before it assesses DNOs’ business plans for the next five years. Speaking to Utility Week, Dermot Nolan also expressed regrets about Ofgem’s approach to the energy retail market and why it was “painful” to see what had happened to the price cap.
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Ofgem has revealed the final amount of charges that have been deferred by network companies over a three-month period in response to Covid-19. In June three schemes were announced which allowed networks to put off up to £350 million worth of charges relating to gas transportation, electricity distribution and electricity transmission as a last resort. The schemes have now closed.
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In her latest exclusive column for Utility Week members, former Ofgem executive Maxine Frerk gives her view on the CMA appeals in the water sector. She examines what impact this is likely to have on RIIO2 and highlights areas of the CMA’s response that energy networks may want to study.
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If hydrogen is to fulfil its potential as a driver of decarbonisation then large-scale production projects need to kick off in the next few years. According to Gas Goes Green Champion, and former Cadent chief executive, Chris Train, the first step should be to start the process of allowing gas networks to blend hydrogen into the grid.
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Utilities will soon be asked by Brussels to apply for funding from the European Union 2012 trans-European energy network (TENs) spending programme that funds new electricity and gas infrastructure linking different countries. A formal call for proposals will be issued by the end of February.
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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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Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Businesses know energy is expensive, but are reluctant to invest in efficiency measures. As cold weather starts to kick in for the first time this year, Richard Postance tells the government to educate and reassure.
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DNOs know they have to transform their networks into smart grids, but what exactly will this entail? Brendan Coyne sat in on senior managers discussing the issue at the EIC.
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