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Households find bills increase since lockdown

Households find bills increase since lockdown: Globally almost 39% of people say their utility bills, including water, heating, air conditioning, electricity, phone, internet and TV services, have gone up since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The latest global Ipsos survey shows as just one of its findings, it says a majority of people in 26 countries…
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Irish energy demand increase as lockdown is lifted

Irish energy demand increase as lockdown is lifted: Research from Cornwall Insight Ireland highlights that as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across Ireland, energy demand in the Single Electricity Market (SEM) has increased. Weekday demand has risen by 3% (3GWh) on average, with current weekday demand levels averaging 94GWh since the lockdown restrictions started to…
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Ofgem clamping down on bad energy suppliers

Ofgem clamping down on bad energy suppliers: In order to continue operating as normal energy suppliers will soon have to meet certain criteria. New requirements for suppliers have been released by Ofgem in an effort to drive up customer service standards. The requirements include checks for all suppliers as well as growing suppliers, to make…
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Cornwall Insight on the increase in BSUoS charges

Cornwall Insight comments on the increase in BSUoS charges: The effects of the fall in energy demand due to the COVID-19 lockdown accompanied with a high penetration of renewables on the transmission system has seen the activity on the Balancing Mechanism (BM) increase.   This increase in accepted volume on the BM is reflected in…
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Continue remote working to reduce air pollution

Continue remote working to reduce air pollution: Remote working practices must continue to help keep air pollution down. That’s according to a new survey by the Business Clean Air Taskforce (BCAT), which includes organisations Uber, Ricardo, Philips and ENGIE – the group surveyed 2,000 UK respondents and found continued remote working is also both achievable and…
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EVs could reach 10 million by the end of 2020

EVs could reach 10 million by the end of 2020: 10 million electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to be on the world’s roads by the end of this year. This is according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a recent study, which despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic notes a growth in EV sales .…
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Recovering drinking water supplies after inactivity

Recovering drinking water supplies after inactivity Advisory -Recovering drinking water supplies in buildings and networks after prolonged inactivity Background: The restrictions placed on business and people by UK governments as a measure to restrict the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in mid-March 2020 left many premises either closed or with reduced staff. The pace of change meant…
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Government should establish green pension ‘superfunds’

Government should establish green pension ‘superfunds’: The government should help invest in the UK’s green recovery by establishing pension ‘superfunds’. Think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) suggests ministers should be more willing to spend public money upfront to support ‘pathfinder’ infrastructure projects and take more risks in supporting clean energy markets in their infancy. Noting…
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Dangerous used PPE in majority of UK waste bins

The majority of waste bins contain dangerous used PPE and ‘could put lives at risk’ across the UK. Up to 80% of domestic and business bins contain possibly hazardous COVID-19-contaminated rubbish suggests BusinessWaste the clinical waste collection company. More than 1,560 businesses and households were contacted by the company who found four out of five…
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Long-term climate goals being failed by most sectors

Long-term climate goals being failed by most sectors: Long-term climate and energy access goals are in danger of being failed by the majority of sectors and technologies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) according to report has warned that the Covid-19 crisis shouldn’t delay the transition to clean energy and asked governments to take immediate action…
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