Centrica to use customers’ hot water tanks to stop blackouts

British Gas owner to harness smart appliances to help balance National GridCentrica, the owner of British Gas, plans to use its customers’ hot water tanks to create a virtual power plant which could help National Grid prevent future blackouts.The UK’s …

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Hinkley Point nuclear plant building costs rise by up to £2.9bn

EDF Energy blames ground conditions for rise but says energy bills will not go upThe cost of building the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation has risen by up to £2.9bn and the total bill could be more than £22bn.EDF Energy said the const…

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Most of world’s biggest firms ‘unlikely’ to meet Paris climate targets

Only a fifth of the companies will remain on track, according to analysis of their disclosuresMore than four fifths of the world’s largest companies are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris climate agreement by 2050, according to fresh ana…

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Most of world’s biggest firms ‘unlikely’ to meet Paris climate targets

Only a fifth of the companies will remain on track, according to analysis of their disclosuresMore than four fifths of the world’s largest companies are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris climate agreement by 2050, according to fresh ana…

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Google signs up to $2bn wind and solar investment

Tech giant’s push for greener energy prompts biggest renewable energy deal in corporate historyGoogle’s chief executive has revealed plans for the biggest renewable energy deal in corporate history.Sundar Pichai said the clean energy deal will include …

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Campaigners urge UN to endorse global fracking ban

Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to frack…

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Smart energy meter rollout deadline pushed back to 2024

Government decision follows critics saying 2020 deadline had no chance of being metThe government has pushed back the deadline for its £13bn smart energy meter rollout by four years to 2024 after critics said the project had “no realistic prospect” of …

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