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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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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Government could be set to invest more in small modular reactors as part of the green recovery plan. They could provide the natural successors to large nuclear reactors, supplying baseload in a future where intermittent energy will play an increasing part. But only if there is commitment to the necessary volume to deliver progressive cost reduction, say Julianne Antrobus and Robbie Lyons
Opinion
The Climate Assembly’s recent report surprised many by showing that the public back even tougher climate change action than many politicians had assumed. The question now is how seriously their opinions will be taken in driving policy forward – especially the lack of appetite for nuclear and CCS to be part of the net-zero generation mix.
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“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.
Analysis
The reach of utilities firms into disadvantaged areas is a rare commodity, which can be harnessed to great effect when it comes to driving social mobility, say Rt Hon Justine Greening, Social Mobility Pledge founder and former Education Secretary; and Louise Beardmore, Customer Services and People Director at United Utilities
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SGN has announced it is restarting some of the work it suspended as part of the coronavirus lockdown as restrictions begin to be eased in Scotland and England. The gas distribution network said it has already resumed its mains replacement programme in England and is hoping to so the same in Scotland from the middle of June. Meanwhile the Energy Networks Association has updated on the steps its members are taking to ramp up work programmes.
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Changes to daily household routines as a result of lockdown could have a long-term positive impact on carbon emissions, data from EDF has revealed. While historically additional energy demand has been created at peak times, typically between 4-7pm, the lockdown has meant that demand has smoothed throughout the day.
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Philippe Commaret, EDF’s retail managing director, talks to Utility Week about how the lockdown has impacted the company's strategy and its relationship with both its customers and its workforce.
Interviews
The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on all aspects of the utilities sector will require a joint response across regulators, government and companies. According to Ted Hopcroft and Liz Parminter, from PA Consulting, this may necessitate the kind of cultural transformation that NHS procurement is currently undergoing.
Opinion
Anglian Water’s chief executive and recently appointed co-chair of the Corporate Leaders Group Peter Simpson shares his thoughts on the role of big business in tackling climate change when we emerge from a locked-down world. How we can use what we’ve learnt to ‘build back better’ than before?
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