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UTILITY Week 3rd July 2015

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4 | 3RD - 9TH JULY 2015 | UTILITY WEEK National media Heat networks Nine heat net- work developers will share a £6 million govern- ment fund to roll out trial projects. £350k received by pro- ject COHEAT £570k Guru Systems £690k Clean Energy Prospector £1.4m Eon Sustainable Energy £860k Geothermal Engineering £999k Star Renewables £600k PassivSystems £120k Sycous £380k Zero Carbon Future Bill Gates to invest $2bn in renewables Bill Gates has said he will invest $2 billion (£1.3 billion) in renewables initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel compa- nies that are burning carbon at a rate that ignores international agreements to limit global warming. Speaking to the Financial Times, he said he would double his current investments in renewables over the next five years in a bid to "bend the curve" on tackling climate change. The Guardian, 29 June Airline's water fails hygiene tests An investigation has been launched aer drinking water on board 14 Cathay Pacific aircra – around 10 per cent of its fleet – was found to be tainted. Hong Kong's Port Health Office (PHO) collected samples from 22 planes, as part of a routine examination, earlier this month. Tests found that 14 of the samples failed to meet minimum hygiene standards. The Daily Telegraph, 26 June Court rules against Obama administration in EPA case The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Obama admin- istration failed to consider costs when deciding to regulate mercury pollution from power plants. In a 5-4 ruling, the court ruled that the US Environmental Protec- tion Agency must consider costs before deciding whether regulation is "appropriate and necessary". Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority decision. Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ste- phen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. CNBC, 29 June STORY BY NUMBERS T he opening of the water market has "significant issues" that require "urgent attention" for it to be delivered, said a report for Ofwat as it overhauls the delivery plan for a third time. The regulator has revised the delivery structure in response to an independent review which gives the 2017 English non- household water market open- ing project an amber warning. The report highlights as its primary concern the transi- tion of project leadership from Open Water Markets – the body initially charged with the job – to Ofwat and Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL). The review panel, made up of Carillion Construction Services managing director Adam Green, Guille Carlton Solutions director Jon Carlton, and the Scottish government's deputy direc- tor, Bob Irvine, said "critical" concerns included the need for a "vibrant and shared vision of the path to successful delivery", clear escalation procedures, and a communications plan. To address concerns, Ofwat has "reconstituted" the working groups and the structure of the programme. This includes trans- forming the planning group into the retail markets opening management group, which will oversee the project. It has also created a com- munications group, a policy issues group, a work plan review group, and an assurance group, which will advise the secretary of state on the readiness for market opening. Ofwat director of market opening Adam Cooper told Util- ity Week the new structure cre- ates an "integrated programme view" ahead of the April 2017 go-live date, and "formalises what we had before". MB Market opening costs top £40m, p19 Water market delivery overhauled again Seven days... 35 number of Scottish metal theft incidents recorded by networks since the start of May "The fracking juggernaut can indeed be stopped" Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaigner Daisy Sands on Lancashire County Council's rejection of Cuadrilla's application to frack at a second site in the region

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