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The ability to navigate the peaks and troughs of an increasingly intermittent energy system requires long-term thinking about storage and flexibility. But, as experts tell David Blackman for the latest feature in our Countdown to COP series, substantial work is still needed to introduce the right market structures.
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Bulb chief executive Hayden Wood and REA boss Nina Skorupska are among 32 industry figures who have written to Boris Johnson urging him to scrap VAT on green products. While the letter states the sector was “encouraged” with the chancellor pledging investment in green infrastructure projects in the recent budget, it said there was disappointment at the “lack of policies to help people play a part in reaching net zero”.
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As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, former Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan highlights three things the government should consider in balancing the need for a rapid transformation of the energy system alongside the responsibility to keep costs down for consumers.
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Local elections have meant a further delay to the publication of the keenly anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy. Energy UK’s Charles Wood discusses what could, and should, be included when the strategy is finally revealed.
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As part of our Countdown to COP focus on investment in net zero, David Blackman looks at plans for a new National Infrastructure Bank. What type of projects is it likely to support and what lessons can be learnt from the history of its short-lived predecessor, the Green Investment Bank?
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Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) slowed last month, with cuts to the plug-in car grant being blamed. However, the latest figures for car registrations also revealed more than 500,000 ultra low-emission vehicles are now being driven on UK roads for the first time.
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The Department for Business, Energy & industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been urged to set a minimum price for the surplus electricity provided by small scale generators to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
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Newly released government figures show 12.5 per cent of households in England are estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2021. The projection represents a reduction from the figure in 2019 of 13.4 per cent, which BEIS attributes to the progress in energy efficiency.
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Several large energy suppliers have called on the government to shift policy costs from electricity bills and introduce a carbon tax to deliver its green heating ambitions. Ovo, Eon, EDF and Scottish Power commissioned a report by consultancy Public First which looks into options for incentivising heat decarbonisation, claiming the current framework actively encourages the use of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Energy Systems Catapult has backed the creation of an economy-wide ‘carbon regulator’.
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A heavyweight business commission has recommended the introduction of a National Deal on Net Zero Homes to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Covid Recovery Commission, which is made up of ten of the UK’s top business leaders, has also called for the creation of a Green Homes Bond and a commitment by the government to retrofit all social homes by 2030.
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The Treasury is being too slow in working up its net zero funding review, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. By COP26, which is scheduled to take place in November, the PAC recommends that the Treasury should set out a clear vision of how it will work to help the UK achieve net zero.
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As part of our Countdown to COP series, Utility Week speaks to National Grid’s director of COP26, Duncan Burt. He discusses the need for leadership on both the strategies to get us to net zero and the behavioural changes that will be needed.
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An environmental NGO has called for government to end its obsession with lower bills and allow the water sector to properly invest in infrastructure. The Salmon and Trout Conservation group asked government to remove obstructions that prevent the Environment Agency from monitoring polluters
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As Scottish voters head to the polls on 6 May the prospect of the country’s independence is once again a subject of much debate. But how would a divorce from the rest of the UK impact the energy system, and the net zero ambitions on either side of the border? David Blackman investigates.
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