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All eight of the electricity and gas transmission and gas distribution networks have now confirmed they are seeking appeals from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) of Ofgem’s final determinations on their RIIO2 business plans for 2021 to 2026. The only company to accept its final determination in full is National Grid Electricity System Operator.
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The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has given a withering assessment of the government’s preparations for decarbonisation, saying there is “no coordinated plan with clear milestones towards achieving the target” of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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Rishi Sunak has allocated around £100 million of new cash for testbed energy projects in a Budget that has otherwise been branded a “missed opportunity” to take forward the Prime Minister’s green recovery plan.
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The principle of no customer being left behind in the shift to a smarter, more flexible energy system is hard to argue with. However, some experts believe that in the short-term a just transition is just impossible. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, James Wallin examines different pathways to fairness – from ensuring the most vulnerable benefit first to the introduction of non-participant tariffs.
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The publication of John Penrose’s review into the effectiveness of UK regulation could be dismissed as simply another Whitehall shelf-filler. However, David Blackman argues that Penrose’s proximity to the centre of power mean his views are more likely than most to be acted upon. So, what could this mean for utilities?
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It is crucial that the water sector is not excluded from decarbonisation incentives so it can play a full role in the path to 2050, says Dr Keith Colquhoun, Climate Change & ESG Manager at Thames Water. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage, he also discusses the water sector’s ambitious target to reduce operational emissions to net zero by 2030.
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Ambitious targets for electric vehicle uptake are providing new business opportunities for energy suppliers - but also new risks. By Siân Crampsie.
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The bathing water season kicks off this week, and Wessex Water has started providing real-time water quality information online so that beach goers can make informed decisions. Ruth Barden explains.
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Roger Darlington has been appointed chair of South East Water's Ofwat-prescribed customer challenge group. He talks to Karma Ockenden about this innovation in consumer representation.
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The CRC is being overhauled again, but this time it's fighting for its life, says Tom Woolley.
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