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The National Infrastructure Strategy builds on the already released Spending Review and the government's 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution, in what the Prime Minister describes as "ambitious commitments on energy, decarbonisation and clean economic growth". Measures outlined in the strategy include the creation of a UK infrastructure bank, a ramping up of EV policy and funding for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage.
The National Grid says it is confident that it can cope with the significant uptake of electric vehicles after the Prime Minister brought forward the diesal car ban to 2030. Graeme Cooper, Transport Decarbonaisation Director at National Grid said "the energy industry will now have to focus on ensuring there is adequate network capacity in the right locations". However, another report has identified a regional disparity in electric car-charging points.
Following a 2019 consultation conducted by BEIS, the government have announced a new 4-year smart metering policy framework to commence on 1 July 2021. This proposes to set each energy supplier an individual target on a trajectory to 100% coverage, subject to annual tolerance levels that apply across the industry as a percentage of their customer base.
We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully competed formal Switching SIT testing between AFMS & Halo and Landmark Central Switching Service (CSS), with a final pass rate of 99.1% (across all parties involved). Both our new technology items – AFMS & Halo and the NGINX Reverse Proxy performed pretty much flawlessly throughout the test process.
Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point recovery plan for a green industrial revolution which will create 250,000 British jobs. Much of the plan is powered by the wind turbines in Scotland and the North East, propelled by the EV's made in the midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales. The PM has confirmed that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, ten years earlier than originally planned in order to tackle climate change.
As World Kindness Day falls in the middle of lockdown 2.0 it has never been more important to spread some positivity. At Utiligroup we are encouraging our staff to check in on family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time and to do their best to make someone smile and brighten their day. These times are hard on all of us for different reasons but one small act of kindness can go a long way.
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued Order No. 2222 to remove barriers that have hindered aggregations of distributed energy resources from participating in regional wholesale markets. The order allows energy resources like rooftop solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles to compete in regional wholesale electricity markets as storage or distributed resources for the first time. The order will lead to benefits such as lower prices for ratepayers due to increased competition, improved grid resilience and more flexibility in the US. You can read more about Order 2222 at Resource Magazine.
As a global business we are supporting a total of six charities across the UK and North America in order provide much needed aid amid the Covid pandemic. ESG are donating to three charities local to their offices: South Shore YMCA, North Texas Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank. Whilst Utiligroup are donating to two charities local to their Chorley office: Inspire Youth Zone and Chorley Help the Homeless and one local to their Bridgend office: Emmaus South Wales.
A report by the Confederation of British Industry recommends that the government ban the installation of traditional gas boilers in both homes and workplaces in 2025. This Is Money recently posted an article that highlights the top five reasons why it may be viable to swap from gas heating to electric - including reducing carbon emissions and cutting running and maintenance costs. Electric heaters could cut your energy bills whilst helping use more green energy - follow our link to read the full article and find out more.
To celebrate Halloween and whilst we are all working from home, we decided to bring our staff together in a global pumpkin carving competition. We received over 40 spook-tacular entries from our UK, US and Japan offices. The level of creativity and skill from our staff was amazing and we are so glad that people were able to take some time out to enjoy some light hearted fun with their families.
Starting on the 5th of November ktn are hosting the ultimate mini-series of webinars to tell the story of Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES) and the Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme. The webinars are following a Six in Sixty format offering a minimum of six speakers in a fast-paced, hour long session, covering topics such as 'Data & Digitalisation' and 'Technology & Infrastructure'.
The Energy Networks Association alongside BEIS and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have published a report for distributed energy resources to support them in connecting to the grid safely and securely without compromising the integrity of the wider network. These guidelines support end-to-end security for distributed energy and will help mitigate the risk of a cyber-attack.