With a general election just around the corner, an exclusive Utility Week poll conducted by Harris Interactive reveals what the voters really think of utilities, and the political initiatives being aimed at them.
The plans to be announced by the Liberal Democrats shadow chancellor Sir Ed Davey include a new £10 billion Renewable Power Fund, which would be designed to leverage in a further £100 billion or more of extra private climate investment.
Should Labour gain a majority in the general election and the opportunity to put its nationalisation plans into practice, what would the legal constraints be on the reforms, and what could it mean for investors? Andrew Lidbetter, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP gives his view.
In the final analysis of individual pledges from Utility Week’s Election 2019 Manifesto, we explore the thorny topic of decarbonisation of heat. A direction of travel is urgently needed but is the future of heating likely to be directed by clean gas, electricity or a combination of both? We asked two experts, with contrasting views, to give us their opinions.
This weekend Labour's business secretary admitted energy firms will be unhappy with Labour's renationalisation plans, but said they'll understand. Meanwhile, large energy suppliers have topped the best-buy lists as smaller rivals struggle and Drax has set out its long-term strategy.
In the latest focus on individual pledges within Utility Week’s Election 2019 Manifesto, David Blackman examines why it is crucial that the next government initiates a national conversation on funding net zero. He asks how much of the burden utility bills can be expected to shoulder.
The chair of the Committee on Climate Change has said action on this crucial topic does not have sufficient urgency. He called on the next government to create the conditions for the market to develop solutions to decarbonising heat rather than trying to impose its own.
In the latest of a series of articles exploring specific pledges in Utility Week's Election 2019 Manifesto, we examine why water scarcity has failed to alarm the public to the extent other looming environmental crises have. How can we communicate this urgent water efficiency message and what can the next government do to facilitate this?
Despite claims to have a fully-costed manifesto, the Labour Party has given little indication of the price tag attached to one of its flagship policies – renationalisation. As part of Utility Week’s Election 2019 coverage, Nigel Hawkins analyses the numbers behind the party’s plans to take energy and water networks, as well as the supply arms of the largest energy retailers, back into public hands.
Utility Week policy correspondent David Blackman picks through the details of Labour’s manifesto and talks to experts about the potential consequences for the sector. They discuss the extent and costs of the party’s nationalisation plans, whether its targets for massively expanding renewable generation are feasible and who would co-ordinate its ambitious net-zero goals.
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