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The government should give energy customers a “break” by taking levies off their bills for the winter, the co-author of the 2019 Conservatives’ election-winning manifesto has said. Rachel Woolf told a fringe event at the Tory conference in Manchester on Tuesday (5 October) that temporary relief from policy costs could help households struggling to cope with rising prices.
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The government has been urged to double the capacity of onshore renewables in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction. The call by not-for-profit organisation Regen was issued ahead of Boris Johnson keynote address at the Conservative Party Conference at which he was expected – but failed to - pledge all UK electricity generation would come from clean energy sources by 2035. The prime minister was accused of peddling "popular platitudes opposed to concrete policy on renewable energy" in his speech which made only passing reference to net zero and COP26.
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Water UK has proposed new legislation to protect and enhance the health of rivers to fix loopholes in current legislation and remove any barriers to innovation - especially in the form of nature based solutions. In a new manifesto, the trade body also called for swift action on CSOs, abstraction and bathing water.
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Utility Week launches a new campaign aimed at ensuring the current focus on the energy retail market results in real reform, not more tinkering at the edges. Energy Reset seeks meaningful protection for consumers, an end to the damaging obsession with auto-switching and steps towards long-term relationships between retailers and their customers to drive forward the energy transition.
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The collapse of Avro Energy, affecting 580,000 customers, presents a significant test for Ofgem’s Supplier of Last Resort mechanism. Experts tell David Blackman that it’s a "flip of a coin” as to whether the process will cope.
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The need to adopt methane strategies is an under-explored area of net-zero policy but there are still important steps that can be taken by the government and Ofgem. Maxine Frerk delves into the issue in her latest column for Utility Week.
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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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Businesses know energy is expensive, but are reluctant to invest in efficiency measures. As cold weather starts to kick in for the first time this year, Richard Postance tells the government to educate and reassure.
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DNOs know they have to transform their networks into smart grids, but what exactly will this entail? Brendan Coyne sat in on senior managers discussing the issue at the EIC.
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