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People face starvation due to climate change & Covid-19

People face starvation due to climate change & Covid-19: Nearly 270 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation because of climate change combined with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to the UN World Food Program (WFP) Chief David Beasley, who suggested food scarcity could be a ‘terrifying possibility’ in up to…
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Energy demand reaches 2019’s after lockdown

GB energy demand reaches 2019’s levels for the first time after COVID-19 lockdown: Lockdown measures created a sudden fall in electricity demand at the end of March and into April, with demand falling by ~15% below 2019 levels. However, recent research from Cornwall Insight shows that since July, there has been a gradual rise in…
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£1.4bn of low carbon funding & £100m for green jobs

£1.4bn of low carbon funding & £100m for green jobs: Plans to invest £1.4 billion in low carbon projects and create a £100 million Green Jobs Fund as part of its plans for a green recovery have been announced by the Scottish Government. They will support Scotland’s transition towards a net zero economy and help…
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Electricity was cheaper and cleaner during lockdown

Electricity was cheaper and cleaner during lockdown: During the coronavirus lockdown the UK’s electricity system was cheaper and cleaner but harder to control. A new independent analysis has found that was conducted for Drax Electric Insights via Imperial Consultants by academics from Imperial College London. Lowered demand was caused by businesses closing and people working…
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SSE project launched to recruit post COVID-19

SSE project launched to recruit post COVID-19: A new pilot programme to recruit people in the energy industry has been launched by SSE in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and to help fill the skills gap. To support people who have taken a career break or are looking to return to the sector, the…
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Lockdown causes almost 3m Brits to fall into energy debt

Lockdown causes almost 3m Brits to fall into energy debt: The coronavirus pandemic has caused almost three million Brits to have fallen behind on their energy bills. Mobile phone, broadband, water and energy bills are the most common sources of household debt suggests the new survey by Citizens Advice. Conducted by Opinium the survey asked…
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Divergence in value together with wind & solar shapes

Divergence in merchant value together with complementary wind and solar shapes creates new opportunities for hybrid projects: Research from Cornwall Insight Australia, examined the performance of wind and solar technologies against the time-of-day price shape and highlights a clear divergence in the merchant outlook for both technologies. This presents a real opportunity for collaborative and…
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Forecasts show 46GW increase of renewables by 2030

Forecasts show 46GW increase of renewables: Forecasts from Cornwall Insight’s ‘Benchmark power curve’ suggests that up to ~46GW of new build renewable technology  ̶  ~11GW onshore wind, ~10GW solar and ~25GW offshore wind  ̶  may need to be developed by 2030 to keep pace with 2050 net zero targets.   This large-scale deployment of very…
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COVID-19 network charge bad debt Ofgem consultation

COVID-19 network charge bad debt Ofgem consultation: Proposals enabling networks to recover bad debts arising from COVID-19 related deferred network charge payments and introduce an enduring solution to bad debt recovery is being consulted on by Ofgem. Run by the Energy Networks Association (ENA), the Network Charge Deferral (NCD) scheme, by assisting suppliers and shippers…
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Ofgem’s new price cap will see bills lighter by up to £95

Ofgem’s new price cap will see bills lighter by up to £95: More than 15 million households in the UK will see energy bills fall by up to £95 a year from October. The new level of the price cap has been announced by Ofgem, which for customers on their supplier’s standard variable tariff will…
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