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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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The CMA has confirmed it will publish its final determinations for Anglian, Bristol, Northumbrian and Yorkshire in February instead of December. It said the high level of stakeholder interest in the appeals meant it would make full use of the time available.
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The government is “looking at” amending Ofgem’s remit to explicitly reflect the net-zero 2050 target that was enshrined in legislation last year, the energy minister has said.
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Utility Week Live Online, the virtual exhibition and conference from Utility Week’s publisher Faversham House, has now opened to visitors, ahead of the live show dates of November 24-26.
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Utility Week’s Tom Grimwood runs through the events of last week which saw National Grid issue two separate warnings over expected shortfalls in electricity supply and asks whether they are merely the odd blip or the sign of a deeper problem.
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The government is planning to raise the threshold for mutualisation under the renewables obligation (RO) after a review deemed the current arrangements not fit for purpose, Utility Week can reveal. In addition the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says it is considering changes to the way the mutualisation amount is determined in England and Wales in order to lessen its impact on suppliers.
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Former Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan has told Utility Week that Boris Johnson’s green plan has “shone the spotlight even more brightly on RIIO-ED2”. He pointed to the move to bring forward the ban on petrol and diesel car sales to 2030 as having major ramifications for DNO’s business plans for the next price control and said there will “inevitably be tensions” around the levels of investment required.
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Industry figures have told Utility Week that if the government is to achieve its ambitions on net zero, energy codes must be streamlined while Ofgem should be given an explicit duty to push forward the decarbonisation of the energy system.
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The government needs to set out a strengthened policy framework if its ambition of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year is to be achieved, industry voices have warned. Eon chief executive Michael Lewis said the target will be a “massive but necessary step” towards ending reliance on gas for heating.
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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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In our latest round-up of appointments across the utilities sector, Ofwat has named four non-executive directors; SSE welcomes a new managing director; the government confirms its net zero business champion and emerging energy supplier Rebel beefs up its team ahead of market launch.
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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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Almost 90 per cent of homeowners regard energy efficiency and savings as the most important factor when carrying out home improvements, new research has found. Schneider Electric says its survey of 2,000 consumers highlights a shifting attitude towards home energy efficiency improvements in the wake of the pandemic.
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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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