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The prime minister has pledged further announcements on green recovery policy this month, while the energy white paper is promised within weeks. With 4GW of new offshore wind capacity needed every year in the second half of this decade to achieve Boris Johnson’s commitments, clearly a detailed plan of how to deliver this from ground level is urgently needed. David Blackman looks at what needs to be achieved.
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Six in seven households dropped out of an Eon pilot programme to install heat pumps because the grants offered did not cover the cost of remediation work, the company’s chief executive has revealed.
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Kwasi Kwarteng has rebutted suggestions that investors will be put off UK energy infrastructure by Ofgem’s drive to curb network returns. In his keynote address at Utility Week’s Build Back Better Forum the energy minister said he was confident Ofgem would reach a settlement with energy networks that incentivises backers.
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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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Politicians and business leaders want the country to deliver a green revolution, create jobs and boost the economy. As part of our Build Back Better campaign, Utility Week in association with Addleshaw Goddard has published a major new report exploring the significant role utilities can play in fulfilling these ambitions.
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Regina Finn, Ofwat’s first chief executive and now chair of the Low Carbon Contracts Company, talks to Utility Week about her career and the future of Contracts for Difference. She discusses the role of auctions for emerging technologies, starting with next year’s bumper round and whether they could extend beyond the power sector. She also gives her view on how regulation should reflect the net-zero journey.
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Water cannot be excluded from energy and planning discussions if the UK is to meet its commitments to net zero, according to a new paper from the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum that recommends ambitious targets for consumption and calls for mandatory sustainable drainage and water labelling.
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Business secretary Alok Sharma has announced the government will extend the default tariff cap until "at least" the end of 2021. He said that so far the cap had saved customers around £1 billion a year, equivalent to around £75-100 annually for typical households on default energy tariffs
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A carbon tax would be preferable to a UK-only emissions trading system, Energy UK’s chief executive Emma Pinchbeck has insisted. She added that uncertainty over future arrangements is already having an impact on the ability of energy companies to forward plan and hedge.
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Phil Swift, chief executive of Western Power Distribution, answers questions from Utility Week on the how the company can contribute to a green economic recovery and help local communities to Build Back Better following the coronavirus pandemic,
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Cities across the UK should take a holistic approach when tackling the net-zero challenge, ensuring that fuel poor households are engaged in the transition, Eon Energy’s head of city energy transformation has stressed.
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Uncoordinated investment in network infrastructure risks undermining the government’s recently reaffirmed wind ambitions, the head of RWE’s UK business has warned. Country chair Tom Glover welcomed the recently launched review into the offshore transmission infrastructure regime but said investment also needs to be coordinated with the onshore network.  
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The government has proposed to extend the Warm Home Discount by 12 months to April 2022. BEIS said it intends to keep the major elements of the scheme unaltered but introduce a per customer cap on the amount of unpaid debt that suppliers can write off as part of industry initiatives under the scheme. A charity called the move a “winter lifeline” for millions of Britain’s poorest pensioners.
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