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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?
Analysis
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.
Opinion
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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Small and medium sized companies have a growing interest in generating their own renewable energy, according to research from Opus Energy. The supplier said 32 per cent of companies surveyed expecting to introduce solar panels, wind turbines or anaerobic digestion, and 38 per cent expected to generate their own renewable energy within five years.
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International Power's UK-Europe revenues decreased 4 per cent to €3,618 with earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation down 14 per cent.
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Ed Davey, the new secretary of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, also 155 community energy projects that have each won a share of £5.1 million of funding from the Local Energy Assessment Fund.
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Funding renewable energy projects is becoming more challenging because of increasing financial, regulatory and operational risks. But it is not too late for government, the insurance sector and banks to help, says Siân Crampsie
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The UK's assumption about carbon costs underpins some huge programmes - not least the smart meter rollout. It has to reflect assumptions about how costs will change over the long term and can't swing on the whim of today's market.
Comment
Despite wider gloom in the jobs market, Vicky Kenrick says talented utility and sustainability professionals are in great demand right now.
Opinion
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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The solar sector remains deeply divided over the continuing feed-in tariff (FIT) wrangle, with some firms arguing that a drawn-out legal challenge and appeal process is more damaging for the industry than the proposed cuts.
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