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Octopus Energy Group has added £3.4 billion worth of renewable energy projects to its portfolio with the acquisition of sister company Octopus Renewables. From June the large retailer will manage Octopus Renewables’ European portfolio of more than 300 green assets under new business arm Octopus Energy Generation. Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus Group, the parent company of both businesses, said he hoped the move would unlock a “multitude of new investment opportunities”.
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Crown Estate Scotland has raised the maximum option fees for its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round by ten-fold to £100,000/km². The decision follows a review of the arrangements that was launched after the winners in the Crown Estate’s fourth offshore wind leasing round for England and Wales agreed to pay option fees initially worth £879 million per year for almost 8GW of capacity its first competitive bidding process.
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Organisations that do not embed a sustainable strategy will lose out, according to Gillian Huart, of Engie Impact
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This major report, available exclusively to Utility Week members, presents an in-depth look at the talking points, challenges and to-do lists for boardrooms across the energy and water sectors. We will be examining what’s in the regulators and government’s in-trays, mapping out the crunch points for the net-zero agenda and pinpointing our influencers for 2020. This report is exclusively available to Utility Week members. To find out how to get a copy, please contact JoNikiforov@fav-house.com .
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Water companies have ambitious plans to reach net zero carbon by 2030, ahead of commitments made by other industries, but how will the strategy work, what changes to technology and infrastructure are required and who will foot the bill? Stephen Cousins reports.
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Growth in low-carbon electricity generation stalled in 2019 despite almost a fourfold year-on-year increase in coal-free days. The figures have sparked calls for the government to go beyond its commitment to offshore wind and support other forms of renewables.
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Drax has announced its ambition aim to become “carbon negative” generator by the end of the next decade by capturing and storing the emissions from biomass burnt at its power station in Yorkshire. However, the group’s chief executive Will Gardiner tells Utility Week this will be contingent on supporting policies from government, including an investment framework for the transportation and storage infrastructure.
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Plaid Cymru has called on the UK government to allocate an additional one per cent of GDP to invest in green infrastructure over the next decade and to establish an energy agency for Wales. The Brexit Party has also set out its stall on green issues.
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Two sets of newly published research have reiterated public support to move forward the net-zero target as well as their faith in renewables. But, the details of these surveys show a more nuanced picture and shed more light on attitudes towards specific measures of decarbonisation, as well as willingness for individuals to make changes.
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Drax, Equinor and National Grid have published a new roadmap fleshing out their plans to create the world’s first zero-carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040. The report emphasises the region’s huge potential contribution to the UK’s climate change targets as the location of the country’s largest industrial cluster by carbon emissions.
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The UK has been warned against “putting all of its eggs in the offshore wind basket”. The lead author of the International Energy Agency's Renewables 2019 report talks to Utility Week about the UK's "unique" approach and the obstacles to speeding up deployment of green energy.
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Drax is boosting its sustainability credentials by appointing an independent advisory board to inform its activities on sourcing and using biomass. Chaired by John Beddington, former government Chief Scientific Adviser, the group will make recommendations that minimise impact on forests and biodiversity
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A report by Carbon Brief found that electricity generated by renewable sources overtook fossil fuels in Q3 2019, the first time since the Industrial Revolution. Increased wind capacity was largely to thank for the increase.
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