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UTILITY Week 19th February 2016

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utILIty WeeK | 19th - 25th February 2016 | 5 Distribution network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) restored power to more than 93,000 customers after Storm Imogen caused disruption across the South West and south Wales earlier this month. the latest winter storm caused 1,400 individual incidents, which WPD fixed within 24 hours of the storm hitting due to advanced preparation and the aid of its helicopter unit. Tidal lagoons to be reviewed The government will launch an independent review this spring into the feasibility of tidal lagoon energy in the UK. The move comes amid fears about the future of tidal power after prime minister David Cameron expressed reservations about the proposed world-first Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, for which discussions are ongoing. The review will consider whether tidal lagoons can be cost-effective and "value for money". eLectrIcIty 24% amount by which complaints about the big six energy suppliers have fallen in the past year, according to the latest figures from Ofgem. "We are not concerned about them becoming stranded assets" SSE director of metering and smart installations Sara Jane Asquith on foundation smart meters. The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been a key driver in the uptake of biomass heating systems among households, especially those not connected to mains gas, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has revealed. A recent survey found that 59 per cent of new applications in the first 12 months of the RHI scheme were for biomass boilers. Fiy-two per cent of those who installed biomass said funding was the trigger for installing a renew- able heating system, and 53 per cent would not have replaced their system without the mechanism. Domestic RHI key to biomass uptake among households Without the RHI, applicants believe they would have installed… Lloyd leaves Which? richard Lloyd, executive director of Which? will leave the consumer organisation in May after five years. New CIWEM chief Nigel hendley, chief executive of the chartered Institution of Water and environmental Management (cIWeM) is leaving, to be replaced by terry Fuller (pictured). PEoPLE MovEs Photo: Press Association no new system a different renewable system don't know a non-renewable technology the same technology Base: new applicants, except refusals (3,124) Source: Decc Air source heat pump Biomass Solar thermal Total Ground source heat pump 33 31 29 25 25 24 26 9 53 23 36 4 7 42 24 49 32 11 6

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