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UTILITY Week 25th November 2016

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4 | 25TH NOVEMBER - 1ST DECEMBER 2016 | UTILITY WEEK Put your money where your mouth is Campaign group the Green Alliance has called on the government to put in place the "policies, plans and funding" to match its ambitions for decarbonisation. £47bn Amount that could be mobilised in 2021-26 by "clearer policy on renewables". £2bn Amount that should be allocated to the LCF after 2020. £8.6bn Annual savings that could be achieved in the 2020s by retrofit- ting Britain's building stock. 4.5m Number of homes that could also be brought out of fuel poverty. £18bn Investment opportunity in charging points for EVs by 2030. STORY BY NUMBERS Thames Water poaches finance chief from SSE Seven days... T hames Water has appointed SSE's manag- ing director of finance, Brandon Rennet, to succeed Stuart Siddall as chief financial officer. He will take up the post in March 2017. Thames Water chairman Peter Mason said: "Brandon has extensive experience in the utilities industry, having worked in the power sector for 14 years. He is a proven leader who will be joining Thames Water at a time of significant change in the industry, with the competi- tive market open to all non- household customers from April. "This, along with other upcoming regulatory changes, will require an even sharper focus on our finances and industry-leading investment pro- gramme to ensure our customers continue to get the best value for money and service they deserve. We look forward to Brandon tak- ing control of this crucial area of the business from March as we head into a new era." He added: "I also want to take this opportunity to thank Stuart Siddall for all he has achieved in his time as chief financial officer over the past five years, and for his strong contribution as a member of the executive team, including his efforts always to present finan- cial information as openly and accessibly as possible." Rennet said: "I'm delighted to join Thames Water and proud to be given the opportunity to make a difference to a com- pany that is so important to the economy of the region, is steeped in such history and that so many customers depend on every day." LV "Scrapping it now risks undermining crucial energy investment" The government has been urged in a new report by University College London not to cave in to lobbyists by scrapping the Carbon Price Support. National media Sweden to abolish solar energy tax The Swedish government has proposed effectively abolishing a new tax on solar energy aer heavy criticism from environmental experts and the opposition. Earlier this year, Sweden's centre-le government introduced an energy tax on solar power production above 255kW. While the tax did not affect single-family households, commercial landlords with bigger facilities were affected. The tax will be slashed by 98 per cent in 2017 but could not be completely abolished because of technical reasons. Reuters, 21 November Poorest countries aim for 100% renewables Representatives from 47 of the world's most disadvantaged nations have pledged to generate all their future energy needs from renewables. Members of the Climate Vulner- able Forum issued their statement on the last day of the Marrakech climate conference. Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Haiti, among others, say they will update their national plans on cutting carbon before 2020. BBC News, 18 November Slovenia makes water a fundamental right Slovenia has amended its constitu- tion to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised. With 64 votes in favour and none against, the 90-seat parliament added an article to the EU country's constitution saying "everyone has the right to drinkable water". The centre-right opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) abstained from the vote, saying it was not necessary. The Guardian, 18 November

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