Build Back Better

Exploring how energy and water companies can drive the post-Covid recovery and build a greener and fairer society

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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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Targets to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028 and create 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 are included in Boris Johnson’s long-awaited 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”. Find out what else is in the plan and how the industry has reacted.
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The government has pledged to set out details next year of new mechanisms to help both its target to dramatically increase the uptake of heat pumps and the UK’s fledgling hydrogen and carbon capture industries. The details are included in a policy paper giving further clarity on the prime minister’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.
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Working closely with local authorities on their zero carbon plans has put Electricity North West in a stronger position as it draws up its own business proposals in the run up to ED2, says CEO Peter Emery. Denise Chevin reports
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The triumph of offshore wind has shown how long-term policy and price signals can rapidly drive technology forward – and even Boris Johnson is full on behind its expansion. But can the same model work for other renewables, or is it time for a new set of energy market reforms?
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In the final part of the series, Adam John speaks to the winners of the Young Energy Professionals awards about how their generation considers the net-zero challenge.
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Utility Week’s policy correspondent David Blackman discusses the implications on the utilities sector of Boris Johnson’s plan for a “green industrial revolution”. He assesses the winners and losers from the speech, as well as the areas where question marks remain.
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Former Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan has told Utility Week that Boris Johnson’s green plan has “shone the spotlight even more brightly on RIIO-ED2”. He pointed to the move to bring forward the ban on petrol and diesel car sales to 2030 as having major ramifications for DNO’s business plans for the next price control and said there will “inevitably be tensions” around the levels of investment required.
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Industry figures have told Utility Week that if the government is to achieve its ambitions on net zero, energy codes must be streamlined while Ofgem should be given an explicit duty to push forward the decarbonisation of the energy system.
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The government needs to set out a strengthened policy framework if its ambition of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year is to be achieved, industry voices have warned. Eon chief executive Michael Lewis said the target will be a “massive but necessary step” towards ending reliance on gas for heating.
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Working closely with local authorities on their zero carbon plans has put Electricity North West in a stronger position as it draws up its own business proposals in the run up to ED2, says CEO Peter Emery. Denise Chevin reports
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The fall of in demand for electricity has thrown the spotlight on the need for a flexible grid. For Uroš Salobir, head of innovation at ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator, this points to the need for international collaboration in grid development
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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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Increased emotional hardship on both consumers and customer service staff means the energy sector has a huge leadership challenge on its hands, the chief executive of the Energy Ombudsman has said.
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Energy networks aspire to be part of the green recovery and unleash investment, but there are some significant policy and regulatory challenges to navigate on the way, reports Jane Gray
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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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