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CCC: End ICE age by 2032, re-skill Britain ‘before climate window closes’

Advancing the UK’s ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2032 - three years earlier than planned - is among urgent...

Aurora: Hydrogen can meet half of UK energy demand

Hydrogen produced from both renewables and methane can meet 48 per cent of UK final energy demand by 2050, calculates Aurora Energy Research. Green hydrogen...

Energy firms and PwC push government for green recovery investment plan

Energy firms have joined the chorus of businesses urging government to step up green spending in a bid to create jobs, reduce carbon and...
Rolls Royce's vision of how a small nuclear reactor might look. The report acknowledges Rolls Royce's support.

Take nuclear option or blow net zero, warns Energy Systems Catapult

Britain may have to spend big on next generation nuclear to secure Net Zero, adding between 10GW and 50GW before 2050, innovation think tank...

Government to set annual targets for smart meter installs

Government will set suppliers annual targets in a bid to stop the smart meter rollout losing steam. The programme originally targeted a smart meter in...

Hydrogen lobby warns Sunak not to let UK get left behind

Big business has urged the Chancellor to back a UK-wide hydrogen strategy and unlock thousands of jobs and billions in investment. In a letter to...

Government eyes role of CHP in net zero world

Government is consulting on the role of combined heat and power (CHP) plants in a net zero economy. CHP plants burn fuel – mostly gas,...

Push harder on flexibility and half hourly settlement, firms tell Ofgem

A group of energy and technology companies have urged Ofgem to show “leadership” and expedite market-wide half hourly settlement to unlock flexibility from small...

Heat pump firms urge government to rethink support or “waste billions”

Billions of pounds committed by clients to big heat pump schemes will be wasted unless Whitehall reverses its decision to stop supporting large-scale deployments,...

Government gives suppliers relief on CfD payments

Government has confirmed it will give suppliers temporary relief on increases in contracts for difference (CfDs) charges. In a consultation last month, Beis proposed delaying...

Ofgem brokers £350m loan to help keep energy suppliers afloat

Ofgem has effectively facilitated a £350m loan in a bid to help energy suppliers stay afloat as Covid-19 hits severely impacts revenue. Keen to flatten...

Government sets out stall for UK carbon market

Government has set out plans to implement a UK carbon trading scheme by January next year. The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) will replicate...

SSE: Decarbonise power by 2040, ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2030

SSE has urged government to use “robust” carbon pricing to decarbonise the power sector by 2040 and bring forward the ban on sales of...

Government launches £40m clean tech incubator

Clean tech start-ups can now seek investment from a new £40 million public-private fund, backed by government and a major City institution. The Clean Growth...

End of double charging for battery storage: What are the implications?

After Ofgem approved changes to end the issue of ‘double-charging’ for energy storage installations, Smartest Energy head of pricing, Tom Putney, explains the scenario...

Time of use tariffs for all: Ofgem prepares ground for smart grid

Ofgem is laying the ground for a major change to the electricity market. It will mean that everyone is billed in half hourly blocks,...

Digital strategies are key for energy governance transformation

Stefan Leedham, director of Governance Services at ElectraLink, says the impact of lockdowns and social distancing present an opportunity for the energy sector to...

Beis plots new baseline, higher buyout for extended CCA scheme

Government intends to reset the baseline and impose higher buyout costs for an extended Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme that reopens to new entrants...

Gas networks outline plan to repurpose pipes for hydrogen and biogas

UK gas network operators have outlined a high-level roadmap aiming to repurpose the existing methane network to carry hydrogen and biogas. Led by the Energy...

InterGen to pay £37m for market abuse

Global power generation firm InterGen is to pay £37.2m for market manipulation in winter 2016. The decision follows a three-year investigation by Ofgem. The regulator...