Mayor of London announces EV infrastructure plans

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has laid out plans to expand London’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Published on 17 June, the plan revealed that the public and private sectors will work toward the delivery of an advanced EV infrastructure, with commitments by businesses and retailers to transform EV charging…

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IET warns of uncertainties over using gas network for hydrogen

The Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) has assessed the viability of repurposing the UK’s gas networks for hydrogen use, warning that risks and uncertainties remain. The review, which was commissioned by BEIS, was published on Friday 14 June. The IET warned that a transition programme to hydrogen would cost around…

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RenewableUK: onshore wind could save consumers £50 a year

Research commissioned by RenewableUK and carried out by Vivid Economics has found that if new onshore wind projects were allowed to go ahead in the UK, consumers would begin to save money on their bills in the years ahead. Published on Thursday 13 June, Quantifying the Economic Benefits of Onshore…

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BEIS sets out local industrial strategy for Greater Manchester

BEIS published a Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy on Thursday 13 June, setting out long-term priorities to increase productivity in the region. Within the strategy is a five-year Environment Plan that sets out a long-term vision “to be carbon neutral by 2038”, and an intention to develop an Infrastructure Plan.…

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Government announces £23mn in EV battery development funding

The government has announced £23mn of funding for businesses to develop technology for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. In the Tuesday 11 June announcement, the government said that the funding would go to winners of the Faraday Battery Challenge. One of the winning companies is mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong, which…

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CCC and Energy UK welcome net zero committment

The UK government’s plan to legislate a net zero emissions target by 2050 has been positively received by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). On Tuesday 11 June, CCC Chairman Lord Deben said: “We are delighted that the government has agreed to put a 2050 Net Zero target for all…

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Government to set target for net zero by 2050

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the government will today (Wednesday 12 June) lay a statutory instrument to implement a target for the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This will amend the Climate Change Act 2008. The Prime Minister said this legislation will mean that the…

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UKPN appoints chair of Customer Engagement Group

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has appointed Ann Bishop as the Chair of its RIIO-ED2 Customer Engagement Group (CEG). In the Monday 10 June announcement, UKPN said that the CEG would be independent, comprising a cross-section of specialists and holding the company “to the highest standards in leading edge customer engagement”.…

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EDF proposes energy bill increase to help pay for Sizewell C

EDF has put forward a new plan to help pay for its proposed Sizewell C nuclear plant which would involve increasing household energy bills by “perhaps £6” annually, as reported by BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 11 June. This supplement on consumers’ bills would pay part of the cost of…

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BEIS launches SEG to guarantee payment for homes and business

BEIS announced on Sunday 9 June that the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) to replace the Feed-in Tariff export tariff is to launch today, Monday 10 June. In the announcement, BEIS said this will ensure that small-scale electricity generators installing solar, wind or other forms of renewable generation with a capacity…

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