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  • SSEN offers sign up bonus to flexibility providers

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has announced a new incentive scheme to encourage potential flexibility providers to register their assets. The distribution network operator is offering a £500 payment to any flexibility provider, which successfully prequalifies for its new […]

  • Sunak pledges energy independence law

    Rishi Sunak has pledged to legislate to make the UK "entirely" energy independent by 2045 if he wins the race to become prime minister. Sunak said he would also establish a new Energy Security Task Force, reporting to the prime minister, and a new Department for Energy, both proposals which were […]

  • Octopus adds third wind turbine to Fan Club

    Octopus Energy Generation has revealed it is adding a third wind turbine to its Fan Club tariff model for customers in Halifax, West Yorkshire. At 2MW, the latest turbine, part of the Ovenden Moor windfarm, is significantly larger than the current two 500kW turbines at Caerphilly in South Wales and […]

  • ‘We got too comfortable’: the race to build an LNG terminal in north Germany

    Country is hoping a new North Sea terminal can supply 8% of its gas usage as war in Ukraine upends energy policyAs tourists at the Hooksiel resort on Germany’s North Sea coastline lean back in their wicker beach chairs or stomp around the mud flats, the cast-iron jetty that stretches for […]

  • Truss will not cut insulation funding, backer assures

    Environment minister Lord Goldsmith has signalled that Liz Truss’ commitment to scrap green levies on energy bills will not mean cuts in home insulation investment if she wins the Conservative leadership contest. Truss’ repeated objections to solar farms on agricultural land and plans […]

  • Winter coal contracts expected to cost up to £420m

    Coal generators are expected to be paid up to £420 million to remain available over the coming winter in case fuel supplies to gas generators are disrupted, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has revealed. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting gas […]

  • Our mission to tackle the trilemma

    Utility Week's new content series explores the role of the sector in resolving the tensions between resilience, sustainability and affordability. Find out what is planned and how the series will culminate in our brand new flagship event, the Utility Week Forum. The post Our mission to tackle the […]

  • 7 Low-Effort Plants for Your Dorm Room

    When it comes to adding some life to your dorm room, there are a lot of options out there. But if you're looking for something low-effort (and let's be honest, who isn't?), then plants are the way to go. If you're looking to add hints of lively green to your dorm room, here are seven […]

  • Santos profit rises three-fold amid energy insecurity as calls for windfall tax intensify

    Greens say 300% increase in profits shows Australia is ‘being taken for a ride’ while other activists claim company is ‘burning our long-term future’Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastAustralian oil and gas company Santos has reaped the gains […]

  • Cybersecurity: Can you trust utilities with your data?

    With utilities in the spotlight and the energy industry the UK's most targeted sector last year, Nigel Thorpe, technical director at SecureAge, looks at why there needs to be a rethink about protecting personal data. He says companies should move away from a traditional 'castle and moat' approach […]

  • Naked Shake Protein Powder Review: A High-Protein Shake with Healthy Fats

    Looking for a quality protein powder? Check out our review of Naked Shake by Naked Nutrition, a high-protein shake with healthy fats that can help you meet your fitness goals. Read the full article: Naked Shake Protein Powder Review: A High-Protein Shake with Healthy Fats […]

  • Green Tories call for next PM to take urgent action to insulate homes

    Fightback comes amid concerns race to replace Boris Johnson could lead to rollback of environmental policiesA leading group representing green-minded Conservatives has called for the new prime minister to take urgent action to insulate more homes and scale up the installation of heat pumps to help […]

  • 10 Ways Sustainability and Health Are Linked

    Climate change is here and many people are starting to realize that sustainability is a better way of living. Because climate change greatly impacts our health, having a green lifestyle can make a significant difference. Here are the top ten ways sustainability links to our health. Read the full […]

  • Boris Johnson told to tackle rising energy bills to avoid ‘extreme suffering’ this winter

    Ex-chief scientist David King says outgoing PM must deliver fiscal policies to support poorer peopleBoris Johnson should intervene urgently to start insulating British homes and introduce fiscal policies to reduce bills, as further delay will mean more people face “extreme suffering” […]

  • Wind, hydrogen, no demolitions: how next PM can put UK on net zero path

    Boris Johnson’s plans are behind schedule and the CBI says Britain is falling behind Europe and the USThere is little mention of Boris Johnson’s “green industrial revolution” on the campaign trail of the two Conservative party leadership candidates.Maybe it’s not […]

  • Ryanair boss is the teller of Brexit truths | Brief letters

    Michael O’Leary | Joined-up thinking | Mythic rail journeys | A rejection from Raymond Briggs | What to call an egg prickerOne shred of good news in this energy crisis is that it’s going to be more expensive to fly, and the hubristic idea of £1 flights could be gone for good […]

  • At least 89 Covid deaths; Littleproud tells Nationals he’ll bring pragmatic policies to jobs summit – as it happened

    Nationals leader outlines vision for party at federal council meeting. This blog is now closedNationals leader says party must rebuild trust with women but rejects quotasGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastWhite whale calf seen off NSW coastThere’s one newborn […]

  • Russia rejects UN calls for demilitarised zone around Ukraine nuclear plant

    IAEA warns of ‘grave hour’ amid fresh shelling of Zaporizhzhia plant, with region set to become new frontlineSee all our Ukraine war coverageRussia has rejected calls from the UN for a demilitarised zone around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which has been occupied by […]

  • Government shortlists 20 carbon capture projects for support

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects backed by Cadent, Equinor and SSE were amongst 20 shortlisted on Friday (12 August) for government financial backing in the next stage of its drive to establish net zero industrial clusters. The projects selected by Department for Business, Energy and […]

  • UK fuel exports to Netherlands up by 67% in June, data shows

    HMRC figures come as Europe rushes to bank supplies for winter in absence of Russian pipelineEnergy exports from the UK to the Netherlands rocketed by 67% in June, official figures reveal, in the latest sign of Europe’s scramble to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas.British exports […]

  • 8 Easy Ways to Conserve Natural Resources

    Much of the world's population is concentrated in urban areas, which makes conserving natural resources more difficult, but even more important. Here are some tips on how to conserve natural resources in daily life. Read the full article: 8 Easy Ways to Conserve Natural Resources […]

  • Truss tax plans could put millions at risk of ‘real destitution’, says Sunak

    Candidates to be next prime minister clash over how to tackle energy crisis at hustings in CheltenhamLiz Truss’s tax cut-based approach to the energy crisis risks putting millions of Britons in “real destitution”, Rishi Sunak has warned, as the Conservative leadership candidates […]

  • 5 Foods That Offer Natural Sun Protection

    Did you know that there are foods you can eat that will help bestow some natural sun protection on your skin? While they're not a substitute for sunscreen, these 5 foods may help protect you from the sun's negative effects. Read the full article: 5 Foods That Offer Natural Sun Protection […]

  • Government proposes dual CfD mechanism for BECCS

    The government has proposed using a dual Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism with separate strike prices for electricity generation and negative emissions to spur the development of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power stations. The Department for Business, Energy and […]