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A charity has urged Ofgem to make vulnerable customers central to local electricity networks’ transformation into distribution system operators. National Energy Action said there was currently a “lack of detail” on how networks’ strategies for meeting the needs of these customers would be incorporated into their future role.
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The Climate Assembly’s recent report surprised many by showing that the public back even tougher climate change action than many politicians had assumed. The question now is how seriously their opinions will be taken in driving policy forward – especially the lack of appetite for nuclear and CCS to be part of the net-zero generation mix.
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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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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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In a water white paper published last month, government pledged to shake up the way we value water. Does it go far enough? How will it work in practice? Join our expert panel for a live webchat, starting at 3pm. You should see a "Cover it live" box embedded immediately below, where the discussion will take place. You will be able to add your own comments as the discussion proceeds.
Denmark will take over the presidency of the European Union for six months in January and has signalled that it plans to pursue its national championing of renewables and energy investment at a European level. David Hayhurst reports
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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