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Leah Thompson

Tuesday 5th January 2021

USA: Massachusetts to ban sale of gas-powered cars

The state recently announced as part of its 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap that it will ban the sale of new cars powered by gasoline and other fossil fuels by 2035. It is the first state to follow in the footsteps of California who rolled out a similar pledge following a disastrous season of wildfires. The states plans to be entirely carbon neutral by 2050 with a greater focus on zero-carbon fuels and renewable forms of energy.

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Leah Thompson

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Our new global ESG brand

A few months ago we announced the news that ESG will be unifying its global operations and brand into a single global entity and we are now pleased and excited to launch and share the look and feel of the new ESG brand. We have been busy creating and implementing the new brand across our global divisions in order to consistently operate under the new branding as of January 2021.

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Leah Thompson

Tuesday 15th December 2020

Digital donations for Derian House

For many years we have donated a vast amount of toys and games to all the children and young people at Derian House. However, due to Covid they are unable to accept physical gifts this year. At Utiligroup we didn't want to cancel our traditional toy donation so instead we have decided to raise funds online for the charity which will then be used to buy vouchers for the children and help put a smile on their faces at this very difficult time!

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Leah Thompson

Tuesday 8th December 2020

UK’s first EV charging forecourt opens

The very first dedicated car-charging forecourt has opened near Braintree, Essex. This is the first of over a hundred electric forecourts being built by Gridserve over the next five years. Charging at these forecourts will initially pay 24p per kWh of energy, meaning a typical charge from 20% to 80% will cost, on average under £10. Gridserve founder and CEO, Toddington Harper says that "charging has to be simple and free of anxiety, which is why we've designed our electric forecourts entirely around the needs of drivers".

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Leah Thompson

Monday 7th December 2020

5 calls to action to accelerate the energy transition

Normal life was majorly disrupted in 2020, however the climate emergency persists and the planet continues to be threatened. DNV.GL have released a new report, the final in their 'Transition Faster Together' 2020 series which summarises industry insights on renewables, power grids and energy efficiency. Their latest report puts forward five calls to ations, which could help us transition faster together a clean energy future.

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Dominic Benabda

Friday 4th December 2020

DCC confirm the Smart meter rollout is gathering momentum

Understandably the first UK lockdown from 24th March to the start of June caused a considerable drop in daily installations of SMETS2 meters. However, the autumn lockdown saw installations drop by only 2.5% on the previous month of October, which was itself a record month with an average of 17,579 each day. This is a very promising sign and proves that energy companies, DNO's and installation engineers have successfully adapted their working practicing since mid-summer.

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Leah Thompson

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Northern Powergrid on delivering net zero

In response to the Government recently announcing its 10 point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, our customer Northern Powergrid are at the forefront of delivering a net zero network. Northern Powergrid is the Distibution Network Operator for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. Their aim is to create an energy transition that benefits everyone, with the use of innovative technologies to drive down costs. As well as supporting their customers they also want to achieve net zero in their own operations by 2050 at a minimum.

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Leah Thompson

Tuesday 1st December 2020

We’re still Energising the events scene (virtually)

We're proud sponsors of both Solar & Storage and the Future of Utilities Online Summit. Both events bring a wealth of expert speakers, transformative ideas and excellent networking opportunities across the new virtual events industry. Both events are free to attend, so sign up today and drop by our sponsor hub to find out how we're empowering energy leaders globally. You can also find out more about engagement with the future of energy over on our Energy Insights page where Mark Coyle, Utiligroup CMO has recently added a new article 'Building a bridge towards future energy'.

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Dom Benabda

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Energy UK launches Vulnerability Commitment

15 energy suppliers have voluntarily signed up to Energy UK's Vulnerability Commitment - pledging to improve the support they provide to vulnerable households. Each company's performance will be independently assessed, with recognition in the Citizens Advice energy supplier rating from December 2020 onwards. The commitments - published recently by Energy UK - include providing a freephone number for customers, training call centre staff to identify and assist vulnerable callers and appointing a Board level 'champion' responsible for improving support to vulnerable households. You can read the full story at Energy UK's website. 

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Leah Thompson

Friday 27th November 2020

National Infrastructure Strategy Unveiled

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.

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Dominic Benabda

Thursday 26th November 2020

National Grid ‘suitably robust to cope’

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.

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Leah Thompson

Wednesday 25th November 2020

The Energy Tag Initiative

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Leah Thompson

Tuesday 24th November 2020

BEIS Launches Open Consultation on Smart Meter Policy Framework

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.  

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Leah Thompson

Monday 23rd November 2020

Halo Successfully Completes Switching SIT

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.

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Leah Thompson

Wednesday 18th November 2020

10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

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.

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