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Today, we should have been celebrating the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following their postponement to 2021, the Games will make history for being the first Olympiad to take place outside of the four year cycle since the modern Olympics began in Athens in 1896. They will also make history for another [...]
The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragic event we hopefully will not see again in our lifetime. The human destruction and the strain on global healthcare systems have been devastating. There are no winners from this crisis. Still, it was Winston Churchill who said “never let a good crisis go to waste”. That certainly rings true [...]
Construction work on the world’s longest subsea power cable, the Viking Link, has today begun, the National Grid has announced. Running between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire and South Jutland in Denmark, the 764km power line will be able to provide renewable power to 1.4m households upon completion in 2023. Today, Siemens Energy, which will build [...]
An open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, business secretary Alok Sharma, and chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak We are writing as engineers, nuclear experts, scientists and concerned citizens to applaud your commitment to fighting climate change through energy policy, in particular the commitment to proceed with new nuclear construction at the same time [...]
The UK’s energy watchdog will put in place more stringent checks on the country’s energy suppliers after a spate of collapses over the last two years. Ofgem today laid out a new set of proposals to increase scrutiny on the domestic market, having already set out tougher regulations for new entrants to the sector. A [...]
Global energy investment is expected to suffer its greatest annual fall on record this year due to the coronavirus crisis. Investment is set to crash by $400bn (£325bn) — or 20 per cent — in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). At the start of the year, funding was on track for a [...]
Looking to the manifesto, it would be hard to predict what the Budget would contain on environmental taxes. In common with the other main political parties, there were few direct commitments among the rhetoric. Beyond a statement on plastics packaging tax, we saw only a promise to “prioritise the environment in the next Budget, investing [...]
Businesses will be required to submit data on their carbon emissions, alongside their accounts, for the first time. The Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting requirements (SECR) will take affect for 12,000 companies whose financial year’s started on or before 1 April 2019 The government argues cutting the 30 per cent of annual greenhouse gas emissions [...]
Onshore wind farms will be eligible for subsidies for the first time since 2016 from next year. This was announced with details on the next stage of the Contracts for Differences scheme which launches next year. However, the government has stressed new projects in England will only go ahead with the consent of local communities. [...]
The true scale of customer dissatisfaction with the energy sector has been significantly underestimated, according to a new survey. Research by consumer group Which said if every consumer with a grievance against their supplier complained, the number submitted would be around 6.9m. One reason for this figure is disillusioned customers do not want to make [...]
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