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UTILITY Week 27th May 2016

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UTILITY WEEK | 27TH MAY - 2ND JUNE 2016 | 5 Nuclear power developer NuGen has unveiled the shortlists for two competitions run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Landscape Institute to help design elements of its proposed Moorside plant in Cumbria. Pictured is a visitor centre designed by one of the finalists, Faulkner Browns Architects. 15GW Price reporting firm Icis says up to 15GW of gas-fired plants could be built in Britain over the next five years, as improving market condi- tions lead to a "comeback" for the fuel. £46.2bn The Office for National Statistics says Britain's low-carbon and renewa- ble energy economy generated £46.2 billion in revenues and represented 1.3 per cent of all non-financial business activity in 2014. "We are very sceptical about competition in the water industry" Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says water competition "goes against the trend" in much of the rest of Europe. Neill to replace Lloyd as executive director at Which? Which? has named Alex Neill as its new executive director following the resignation of Richard Lloyd. Neill joined Which? in 2008 and was most recently responsible for policy, consumer campaigns and group communica- tions, including being the lead spokesperson for high-profile campaigns and consumer issues. Lloyd left on 20 May after five years in post. PEOPLE MOVE Sludge the 'next big thing' WATER Scottish water retailer Clear Business Water said that £2 bil- lion of savings by 2025 could be missed by business customers when the water market opens in England if levels of unawareness across Britain match those in Scotland. In a survey, it found that 47 per cent of small busi- ness customers in Scotland were unaware that they could switch water supplier. Sludge will be the "next big mar- ket" after the non-household retail market opens up to competition in April 2017, according to Severn Trent Water. Speaking at Utility Week Live, the water company's head of strat- egy, Neil Corrigall, said competi- tion in sludge treatment is likely to be formally introduced before 2020. He said: "There is scope for commercial sludge trading, and we don't have to wait until 2020." However, sludge competition would require key changes, includ- ing: fair access for licensed parties to compete effectively; appropriate commercial and pricing practices; a level playing field for all parties; and making sure the right infor- mation is available. Utility Week Live coverage, p9

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