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It is “extremely unlikely” that heat decarbonisation will be achieved unless a “significant” ramping up of government policy is forthcoming, according to a new briefing from the UK’s main hub for research into sustainable energy.
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Nearly 12GW of electricity could be delivered in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) round following an announcement that the government is doubling the size of contracts awarded through the mechanism. Utility Week examines the first steps of the government's green recovery plan and gauges reaction from across the sector.
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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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The government's apparant inability to find a counterparty to guarantee the contracts for difference (CFD) element of its proposals to reform the electricity market could lead to the Renewables Obligation (RO) being extended three years until 2020. That's the view of one of the MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
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The UK should take a more directed approach to reaching its 2050 goals to reduce carbon emissions, said Sir David King, who was chief scientific advisor to the Blair government.
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change is attempting to clear up the mistrust and confusion around subsidies for microgeneration via an interactive FAQ page on the Decc website.
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THE European Commission has drafted a plan ensuring cash-strapped international nuclear fusion project ITER would have funding of Euro EUR2.573 billion from 2014 to 2018.
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