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Shell Energy Retail has launched a trial exploring the effect smart thermostats, combined with energy usage insights, have on consumer behaviour.  The trial, which has been awarded £300,000 from the government-led Smart Energy Savings Innovations Competition, will see 600 Shell customers using a device that allows them to control their heating and hot water through their smart phone.
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The next phase of the net zero transition will require strong public engagement and consent. However, new reports from Citizens Advice highlight that consumer markets are not ready for the change. Gillian Cooper, the charity's head of energy policy, says if the sector does not make it easier for people to upgrade their homes, the transition will be unsuccessful.
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Shadow environment minister Luke Pollard said the water industry needs fundamental changes to face the climate crisis with a focus on helping customers use less water. He called for a shift in mindset from political leaders, companies and regulators as well as consumers to rethink how natural resources are viewed.
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To address some of the problematic elements of decarbonisation in the water sector, this virtual innovation festival jointly hosted by Anglian, Yorkshire and Essex & Suffolk will look towards COP26
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Centrica’s aim to reduce its emissions to net zero by 2045 show the “tide is turning” for energy businesses, an industry observer has said. Alongside the company's latest financial update were plans for the business to achieve net zero emissions five years ahead of the UK’s national target.
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A report by a coalition of industry experts has recommended the creation of a new protocol for measuring energy savings in retrofitted homes in real-time. The Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings says a national, standardised way to measure the energy saved by retrofit works is “vital” to unlocking up to £65 billion of investment needed to decarbonise the existing building stock.
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Octopus Energy and NatWest Group have launched an electric vehicle (EV) charging bundle which will allow the bank’s customers to purchase chargers at discounted rates. The joint offering, which the companies claim is the first of its kind, includes the entire stack of infrastructure, technology and software needed to switch to EVs as well as a comprehensive assessment of each customer’s needs.
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There is a groundswell of believers in the need for a locally-led energy transition, but central government remains nervous of delegating authority or resource to city and regional leaders. This was the consensus of industry, policy, consumer advocacy and academic leaders at a round table hosted by Utility Week.
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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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Almost 90 per cent of homeowners regard energy efficiency and savings as the most important factor when carrying out home improvements, new research has found. Schneider Electric says its survey of 2,000 consumers highlights a shifting attitude towards home energy efficiency improvements in the wake of the pandemic.
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The government is “looking at” amending Ofgem’s remit to explicitly reflect the net-zero 2050 target that was enshrined in legislation last year, the energy minister has said.
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