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Author: Jon Swain

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Email: jon.swain@nfuenergy.co.uk

Friday, 19 February 2021
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Clean Heat Grant: Now is the time to have your say.

As part of ‘The future support for low carbon heat’ consultation, in April 2020, the Government set out proposals for the Clean Heat Grant. This scheme will provide support for heat pumps, and in targeted circumstances, biomass boilers in both domestic and small non-domestic buildings, through an
Thursday, 01 October 2020
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What is the future for the costs of gas?

The launch of the consultation into a green gas levy has set me thinking about the long term future for the costs of gas. Whilst it is true that 36p/MWh levy by 2028 is hardly going to get people very excited, the underlying principle is the more important part of the change.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
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Get £5,000 grant for reducing energy consumption in your home

Almost without any fanfare at all, the Green Homes Grant scheme was launched today. As the name suggests it is a domestic oriented scheme and will pay two thirds of the cost of improvements up to a maximum of a £5,000 grant for home improvements that reduce energy consumption. These improvements
Thursday, 17 September 2020
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Lacking in wind power

Tuesday 15 September was an exciting day for followers of the Capacity Market as the first notice was issued since November 2016.
Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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Generators with a G59 relay must act now

Any generators installed before February 2018 with a G59 relay needs to be updated to the new G59 relay rules by September 2022. Those who act quickly may be able to have costs reimbursed through the Accelerated Loss-of-Mains Change Programme (ALoMCP).
Thursday, 23 July 2020
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How retailers collaborating on decarbonisation could impact horticulture

Twenty retail businesses have recently joined forces through the British Retail Consortium (BRC), pledging to develop a blueprint for decarbonisation of the industry. Among the signatories are several supermarkets that have committed to reducing emissions not only in their shops but also through
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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Stay ahead of the game and consider your fuel supply

As we enter the third week of strict restrictions on movement with many businesses working entirely from home, we are beginning to hear reports of difficulties in getting heating fuel supplies, both renewable and non-renewable.
Thursday, 02 April 2020
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What do the budget announcements mean for farmers and growers?

On the 13 March 2020, the chancellor Rishi Sunak stood up and announced his first budget. However, it’s easy to forget this since so much has happened in the UK since then….
Tuesday, 04 February 2020
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How to get help with energy related disputes

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and Renewables Obligation have closed to new applicants, and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will close to new applicants in March 2021. However, all have 20 year lifetimes for accredited systems. It is already becoming more common for disputes to arise between operators
Thursday, 16 January 2020
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The impact of GrowSave

GrowSave, a collaboration between AHDB and NFU Energy, has been around for thirteen years. We look back at the impact we’ve had on the horticulture industry over the last five.

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