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Green infrastructure investment must double from current levels, to £40 billion per annum over the next decade, to reach the UK’s decarbonisation target. This is the conclusion of research by PwC, which has also warned that half of the investment opportunities identified would currently be unable to access low-cost capital because they would be considered too high risk. It has called for government to urgently identify mechanisms to ensure this funding is forthcoming.
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Targets to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028 and create 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 are included in Boris Johnson’s long-awaited 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”. Find out what else is in the plan and how the industry has reacted.
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Vattenfall will explore opportunities to anchor heat networks to Viridor’s fleet of energy-from-waste plants under a new partnership formed by the two firms. The Swedish energy company said this approach is common in Europe where it already works with operators to capture heat from energy-from-waste facilities and pipe warmth to the surrounding communities.
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The triumph of offshore wind has shown how long-term policy and price signals can rapidly drive technology forward – and even Boris Johnson is full on behind its expansion. But can the same model work for other renewables, or is it time for a new set of energy market reforms?
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Boris Johnson’s pledge to become the “Saudi Arabia” of wind is a strong sign of intent but now action is needed turn this promise into reality. This will require whole system changes, dynamic collaboration between sectors and countries and regulatory evolution to ensure our infrastructure base is up to the transition, says Burns & McDonnell managing director, Jonathan Chapman.
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Utility Week speaks to Damian Darragh, executive chairman of Conrad Energy, following its acquisition of fellow flexible generator Viridis Power. Darragh talks about their plans to add energy storage to their rapidly growing fleet and how falling costs are opening up new opportunities for lithium-ion batteries.
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The government has pledged to set out details next year of new mechanisms to help both its target to dramatically increase the uptake of heat pumps and the UK’s fledgling hydrogen and carbon capture industries. The details are included in a policy paper giving further clarity on the prime minister’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.
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SSE’s chief executive has told Utility Week the company is “moving forward” with a full or partial sale of its 33.3 per cent stake in gas distribution network SGN. Alistair Phillips-Davies was speaking on the back of the company’s half-year results.
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Ahead of Boris Johnson’s eagerly awaited decarbonisation speech, David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), sets out the key issues the government must address.
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Challenger energy retailer Social Energy has begun its global expansion, launching to customers in Australia. The company, which began supplying UK customers last year, says it is offering customers in the Southern Hemisphere a green energy package and an exclusive Duracell home solar battery system.
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The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has requested an annual budget increase of almost £3.4 million, nearly half of which would be set aside as contingencies for falling electricity demand and legal disputes. The extra money is also needed to deal with a growing number of contractual events and prepare for the fourth Contracts for Difference allocation round due to take place next year.
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Elexon, the administrator for the Balancing and Settlement Code, has announced it is returning £1.5 million of cost savings to trading parties. As well as achieving improvements in efficiency, the not-for-profit company said it has seen costs fall since closing its office on 12 March due to the coronavirus lockdown and in light of the economic impact of the pandemic has also decided not to award an annual pay rise to staff.
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National Grid, Scottish Power and SSE have been unveiled as principal sponsors for the COP26 conference. The announcement was made simultaneously with confirmation that the three companies will work together on the Eastern Link project, which will see two 2GW HVDC subsea cables laid from Scotland to north-east England.
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, there is speculation that Pennon Group, having considered approaches for several water companies, now has Southern in its sights. There is also the latest on Boris Johnson’s 10-point roadmap for building back greener and plans for a solar power station in space, among others.
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Suppliers should be banned from taking on new customers or accessing upfront payments if they fail to meet their Renewables Obligation (RO) by the deadlines, an industry chief has suggested. The comments come following Ofgem's announcement that missed RO payments will be mutualised for the third consecutive year.
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People understand the benefits of investment in infrastructure in terms of creating jobs and enabling decarbonisation but government and regulators must have a common message. This is the view of Lawrence Slade, chief executive of the Global Infrastructure Investors Association, who spoke to Utility Week on the back of its poll on public attitudes towards infrastructure and investment.
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