Two reports highlight the need to accelerate EV uptake

Two reports by the Environmental Defense Fund Europe (EDFE) and the Green Alliance have called on the upcoming government to bridge the affordability gap between electric vehicles (EVs) and fossil-fuel vehicles. Published on Monday 11 November, the reports put forth several steps the government can take to lower the costs…

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Consumers remain deterred in adopting lower carbon transport

New research from transport and research consultancy SYSTRA and commissioned by BP has found that although EU consumers are concerned by climate change, where a clear majority (72%) have stated that it is vital to reach net zero emissions by 2050, it has not translated to consumer willingness to adopt…

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Vattenfall and Honda collaborate on the development of home charging solutions

Vattenfall and Honda signed a Letter of Intent to introduce home charging solutions and flexible energy contracts specifically tailored for electric vehicle (EV) owners in Europe. Announced in October, Vattenfall will oversee the installation of the Honda Power Charger through preferred contractors in the UK and Germany. Customers will be…

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UKPN ranks second in the world for smartness of network

UK Power Networks (UKPN) announced on Thursday 7 November that it is now ranked second globally on SP Group’s Smart Grid Index, a measurement of the smartness of power utilities around the world. The index measures seven key factors including the integration of distributed energy resources such as wind and…

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SMMT figures show continued growth in popularity of electric vehicles

Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), published on Tuesday 5 November, has indicated continued popularity of electric vehicles. Sales of hybrid electric vehicles increased by 28.9% from the same time last year, with battery electric vehicle registrations almost tripling at 151.8%. Plug-in hybrid vehicles fell…

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Scottish Government invests in social housing energy efficiency

The Scottish Government announced on Tuesday 5 November that it has invested £3mn in funding in technology like underfloor heating, ground source heat pumps and solar panels to be installed in almost 900 social rented properties. Grants to pay for the work will be given to eleven social landlords through…

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Government launches a Net Zero Review

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced the launch of a Net Zero Review to assess how the UK can maximise economic growth opportunities throughout its transition towards net zero. Published on Saturday 2 November, the review aims to ensure a fair balance of contributions from all those that…

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Energy:2030 Issue 22

In this month’s Energy:2030, we focus on the steer of the regulator and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) concerning vital aspects of the electricity system. In our Perspective, we look closely at the second draft of the ESO’s business plan that sets out its thinking for the RIIO-2 price control,…

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14.7MW community solar and battery farm wins finance deal

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) and Triodos Bank UK (Triodos) have announced on Wednesday 30 October their renewed investment in the largest community-owned solar farm in the UK. The 14.7MW Heart of England Community Energy is SASC’s sixth community energy investment, where the company has now invested over £15.5mn in…

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Government admits building energy efficiency increase needed

In a new report, the government admitted that a “significant increase” in building energy efficiency deployment rates will be required in order to deliver the transition to net zero. This statement was made in the government’s Wednesday 30 October response to the Commons BEIS Committee July report on recommendations for…

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