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The government has pledged to introduce regulation for smart energy appliances "when Parliamentary time allows". This would set requirements based on the principles of interoperability, data privacy, grid stability and cyber security.
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GMB has announced its long-running dispute with Centrica over changes to British Gas workers’ contracts is over. The industrial action was the longest in Centrica’s history and centred on the company’s plans to undertake a massive restructure of the business.
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Ofgem has proposed taking on a strategic oversight role for energy code governance as part of a joint consultation with BEIS, published amidst a flurry of energy policy announcements. Presenting this as their preferred option for reform, they said the regulator would issue a strategic direction for energy codes on an annual basis and ensure it is delivered by a series of code managers that would take on most of the functions currently performed by industry-led code panels.
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A government-funded smart meter trial led to a dramatic reduction in average annual energy bills, while at the same time decreasing consumers’ carbon footprints.
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There is a “severe lack of detail” around how vast numbers of new EVs will be integrated into the energy system, an industry expert has warned. Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at technology platform Kaluza, told Utility Week that there is a risk of looking back on the next decade with regret if the government’s transport strategy is not fully joined up.
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Ordinary drivers would consider switching to EVs if the price was right and the charging infrastructure was easily accessible. Rob Sheldon reports on Accent research for Utility Week.
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Why don't utilities talk face to face with their customers? Energy companies have been talking about changing their offering to customers - becoming an energy service company, talking about ­managing usage, giving them the green message - but much of the money spent to get that message across has gone on improving other companies' relationships with utility customers.
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China took almost three quarters (71 per cent) of the 73 million smart meters shipped globally in 2011. While record numbers were deployed, however, the pace of growth slowed during the fourth quarter as some projects wound down and fewer big projects were announced.
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The Green Deal Finance Company, a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide low cost financing to underpin the Green Deal plans that Green Deal providers will offer households has moved forward. The organisation has incorporated, appointed a board of directors and extended its membership.
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Utilities are reticent about getting into telecoms again, but propositions that link telecoms to core energy offerings could deliver significant growth. Mark Nicol scrutinises SSE's strategy.
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Proposals to reform the energy retail market have been criticised by large and small suppliers and by the consumer watchdog, who believe the proposals clash with other government policies.
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Peter Kelly argues the mobile network is the only credible communications technology option for smart metering.
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