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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Octopus Energy has announced the creation of 80 jobs at its newly opened offices in Brighton, which will be home to a quarter of its overall UK staff. The renewable energy retailer says it is looking to recruit local talent to the new roles.
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The decarbonisation of the power sector has so far tackled the “low hanging fruit” but significant challenges remain, writes Randolph Brazier of the Energy Networks Association. As part of out Build Back Better series, he examines the obstacles to the rollout of rapid charging infrastructure, and how they can be overcome.
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Anglian Water has called for greater emphasis on long-term investment to tackle climate change within the next price review in 2024. The proposal is set out in its five-point green recovery plan.
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Water companies are upping their game in bid to get their customers to save water after seeing a surge in use during lockdown. Alison Murphy, water strategy manager for SES Water, talks about the company’s new campaign
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As part of our Build Back Better series, Utility Week speaks to SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies. He argues that longer-term thinking is needed from government and Ofgem to create true value for consumers from net-zero investment. He also warns that the UK needs to build up its supply chain or risk becoming an international laggard.
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Northern Powergrid has launched the first stage in compiling its business plan for the RIIO ED2 price control. Utility Week speaks to the company’s policy and markets director, Patrick Erwin, about a tiered approach to engaging consumers, learnings from the gas and transmission networks and acting as a “force for good”.
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Parseq's managing director Craig Naylor-Smith believes rethinking how payments are allocated can help utilities improve their customer experience and avoid reputational damage when supporting vulnerable consumers in the wake of Covid-19. He argues that while the channels customers use to interact with their suppliers have become more digital, the back office has fallen behind.
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