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Problems with solar panels and insultation were the most complained about issues over a three-year period, Citizens Advice has revealed. A report titled Home Truths, examines three years of contacts to Citizens Advice’s consumer service from people who need help with installing low carbon technologies or making energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
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Scottish Water has been named the most trusted company in Scotland in a consumer survey by watchdog Which? that said the regulatory framework contributed to customer sentiment. Which? said water was the only industry in Scotland rated more trustworthy than counterparts in other areas of the UK.
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As part of the investment strand of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week talks to Michael McNicholas of Omers, the backers of SGN and Thames Water. He discusses the investment case for UK utilities and ways to incentivise long-term, low-risk capital to drive forward decarbonisation.
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Local authorities are facing the dual pressures of boosting investment and decreasing emissions. However, these goals are not mutually exclusive. As part of our Countdown to COP series, SSE’s Stephen Stead looks at how forward-thinking councils are seeking to use the post-Covid economic recovery to modernise their energy infrastructure.
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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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Renewable power retailer Good Energy has appointed a youth board of six secondary school pupils to give their perspectives on climate issues. The supplier worked with environmental educational charity Eco-Schools to recruit its Good Future Board which was narrowed down from almost 1,000 applications from pupils across the country.
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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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EDF has agreed to sell its West Burton B combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station to investment firm EIG for an undisclosed sum. The deal also includes a 49MW battery system at the site in Nottinghamshire.
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, the cost of the four appeals against Ofwat’s PR19 determinations is analysed. Meanwhile, Scottish Power discusses plans for Britain’s largest green hydrogen production facility and Shell sets out its strategy to install 5,000 rapid and ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers across the country by 2025.
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Wessex has taken full ownership of Albion Water, having first invested in the company in 2016. Wessex exercised its option of buying the remaining 49 per cent stake in the New Appointment and Variation (NAV) company from Water Level.
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SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has begun using drones to inspect its network assets as part of the company’s bid to reduce emissions. In the past the company has relied solely on helicopters to visually assess more than 2,000 towers and electricity transmission structures across its transmission network covering central and southern Scotland.
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Octopus Energy has penned a deal with Shell- backed electric vehicle (EV) solutions company NewMotion which will see the latter’s chargepoints join its Electric Juice network (EJN). NewMotion has access to more than 3,200 chargepoints over 17 different networks across the UK. In total, it allows access to more than 200,000 chargepoints across Europe.
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Ovo Energy has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Orsted in a bid to further strengthen its renewable energy credentials. Ovo, which already provided 100 per cent REGO-backed renewable electricity, said it expected the deal to mean 13 per cent of its electricity will be generated via a PPA.
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SSE and Equinor have announced plans to develop a “clean power hub” in the Humber region, utilising carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen. It would include the “world’s first” power station fuelled purely by blue hydrogen at Keadby, near Scunthorpe.
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