Community Energy England has joined forces with BEIS Net Zero Hubs and Community Energy Scotland to compile a nationwide map of community energy groups, projects, and their locations to boost grassroots collaborative innovation.
Kwasi Kwarteng has claimed that the government is promoting onshore wind “aggressively and passionately” after being accused by Ed Miliband of caving into net zero sceptic backbench MPs by failing to back the technology more strongly in the government’s energy security strategy.
The latest Innovate round-up highlights £29.9 million in funding awarded to SGN to test the use of high-pressure pipelines for hydrogen, a ‘smart load management’ pilot by E.ON, and news that Ofwat has proposed running its innovation competition beyond its original timeframe.
The government will not compromise the UK’s national security in its search for investment in critical infrastructure like nuclear power stations, an energy minister has pledged. Responding to concerns over the involvement of Chinese firm CGN in EDF's planned Sizewell C nuclear project, Lord Callanan said: “The government emphatically do not support investment in our critical infrastructure at the expense of national security. There is no compromising on that point.”
The latest Innovate round-up includes news of Octopus launching a new development model for renewables and BEIS pledging just shy of one million pounds towards a four MWh gravity-based storage facility project.
UW Innovate caught up with Yasmin Ali – energy innovation project manager at BEIS – to reflect on her 11 years in utilities ahead of her appearance at Utility Week’s Adapting for Net Zero Conference 2021.
This week in utility appointments: a BEIS director joins Aurora Energy Research; Thames continues its directorial shuffle with a new engineering director; and Portsmouth Water creates a chief customer officer role.
“If you don’t want to make a decision, you can always find a reason for not making it,” says John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, on the lack of energy policy coming out of BEIS. We’re risking missing net zero targets if it doesn’t make its mind up soon, he tells Denise Chevin.
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