Press release: Government delivers on manifesto pledge with £6 billion package to help end fuel poverty and drive innovation in energy efficiency


first_imgThe proposed changes to focus 100% of the ECO scheme on the fuel poor would see energy saving improvements like insulation and modern efficient heating systems installed in 900,000 homes by March 2022. The government also committed to maintaining funding for home energy efficiency until at least 2028 as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, a total of just over £6 billion.At the end of February the government also took action for 11 million households on poor value standard variable tariffs by introducing a landmark Bill into Parliament for a temporary price cap on these tariffs until effective competition is in place. Flagship £6 billion energy efficiency scheme to start with re-focusing flagship scheme entirely on low-income and vulnerable, cutting bills for thousands more families until at least 2028 plans to extend the Warm Home Discount ensuring over 2 million low income and vulnerable customers receive £140 off their energy bills next winter drive to increase world-leading British innovation in green technologies as part of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy We have made clear our commitment to eradicating fuel poverty and by making our flagship energy scheme 100% focused on low-income families we are taking another step towards achieving this goal. As set out in our Clean Growth Strategy, we also want to continue to drive world-leading British innovation in green technologies for the benefit all consumers. That’s why we are increasing the opportunity for energy suppliers to get funding to develop new and innovative energy saving product and services, like the award winning company Q-bot’s robotic insulation service. Notes for editors Respond to the consultations:Energy Company Obligation: ECO3, 2018 to 2022Warm Home Discount scheme: 2018 to 2019 Nearly a million more low-income households are set to benefit from innovative energy saving measures under new plans outlined today by the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry, as part of the Clean Growth Strategy.A consultation has been launched today to focus Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions by providing energy efficiency upgrades and heating measures – entirely on low income households. Currently only 70% of beneficiaries are from low income families. Since the scheme was launched in 2013, more than 1 in 16 homes have benefitted from over 2.2 million improvements.This is the latest step in the delivery of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, aiming to bring 2.5 million fuel poor homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C by 2030, helping to save energy and bring down bills.Alongside this, a separate consultation looks ahead to changes to the Warm Home Discount beyond next winter which will enable all payments to be made automatically. The Warm Homes Discount provides a much needed top up of £140 to the energy bills of the most vulnerable in society. The consultation will also include extending eligibility to people who receive Universal Credit who are in work and earn less that £16,190 a year.Speaking on a visit to Q-bot in Wandsworth South London, an award-winning technology company which has developed robots to install underfloor cavity insulation quickly and easily, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: The consultation on the new Energy Company Obligation scheme is open until 29 April 2018. The current Energy Company Obligation scheme will end in September 2018. The scheme places an obligation on larger energy suppliers (currently 15) to deliver heating and energy efficiency measures. This is split between Affordable Warmth, for low income and fuel poor households (which accounts for 70% of the scheme) and the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (the remaining 30%), which is available to all households. The ECO programme requires energy suppliers with over 250,000 customers to provide energy efficiency upgrades and heating measures to homes across Britain. In line with the government’s Industrial Strategy, the refocused scheme includes proposals to support innovation in the sector. Suppliers will be able to devote up to 20% of their delivery target to supporting innovative measures. If all suppliers do this then as much as £128 million could be spent supporting British innovation. Since ECO was launched in 2013, more than 1 in 16 homes across Britain have benefitted from over 2.2 million improvements installed. The ECO consultation will also look at increasing parts of the scheme delivered through local referrals enabling local authorities to identify households who will benefit the most from energy efficiency measures, including those with health problems that are made worse by cold homes. The proposals to extend the current Warm Home Discount scheme are open for consultation until 29 April 2018. The government is also currently looking at ways to make it easier for those eligible for the Warm Home Discount to receive it automatically. A consultation was launched earlier this year on new data sharing powers to better target those households which are fuel poor and would benefit most from a rebate on their energy bills. Reforming and extending policies on fuel poverty are a key part of the government’s commitment to protect vulnerable consumers. Ofgem recently extended its Safeguard Tariff Cap on pre-payment meter tariffs to protect a further 1 million vulnerable households, bringing the total protected to 5 million households this winter.last_img read more

Career Advice for Aspiring Leaders


first_imgFor the 8th year in a row, EMC was the lead sponsor of the Simmons Leadership Conference for professional women, which some consider the top event of its kind in the U.S.  More than 500 women from EMC were there, where I was asked to address the conference theme of “dare to compete” by drawing lessons from my own career experience.  Here, I’ll share a little of what I said there this morning.Daring to compete and lead requires not only grit, determination and excellence, it requires the ability to bring others along with you. Success usually requires a team that is inspired, has a clear vision of where you are going and that works together to get it done. As my mentor likes to say: Leaders are not appointed from above. They are chosen from below. In other words, people choose who they want to follow.Another thing I’ve learned is to stretch yourself and be open to trying new things, because this is when you grow as a person, as a professional and as a leader. In my career, I’ve been fortunate to have a range of experiences in various roles that allowed me to learn from other people’s point of view. Over the years, I’ve worked in sales and marketing and M&A, as a leader of global sales, head of marketing and business development, in finance, as CFO, as chief operating officer, a general manager, and now CEO of an 18 billion dollar business. That wide range of experience has allowed me to learn different things along the way. And even see the same things from different angles, which enables me to think about challenges and opportunities in new and different ways.A fuller range of professional experiences will round out your perspective and help you appreciate where others are coming from, their unique challenges and personal motivations. You won’t regret the experience. And the experience will help you to grow and be the positive change agents that our world needs you to be. So my advice is that if you can bring others with you and embrace new opportunities, your future will be bright.Keep in mind that great places to work respect, include, and encourage different points of view. They encourage people to speak up and be heard and contribute their ideas. They foster a workplace culture that allows you to do your best, give your best, and be your best self.We believe that so strongly that just this week, EMC withdrew from participating in a tech conference to be held in Indiana in direct response to that state’s recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which runs counter to our principles and business practices of non-discrimination and full inclusion. We live in a diverse world in which discrimination of any type, including discrimination based upon sexual orientation, should not be tolerated and cannot be supported.In today’s talent driven economy, top talent can choose where they work. So state and regional economies and winning companies must attract and retain great talent in order to do all the great things they aspire to achieve. Among other important things, this requires a culture of innovation that thrives on inclusion and diversity.As a “people company” that happens to be in the technology business, EMC believes deeply that openness to a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints is key to the process of innovation, which every organization needs in order to compete and stay relevant in our rapidly changing world.The author Walter Isaacson is best known for his biographies of inventors like Einstein, Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin. In his latest book, “The Innovators” he writes about some of the amazing women innovators who shaped some of the most profound technology developments over the last century, from the early computers to much more, but whose contributions have all but been forgotten.Today, women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, but there are many fewer in STEM fields – in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To paint an even bleaker picture, the number of women in these fields has fallen over the last several decades. For example, in 1985, 37 percent of computer science undergraduate degrees were earned by women, but that percentage has fallen by two-thirds over the past generation, to just 12 percent today.Addressing this challenge is going to take new approaches and a partnership across business, government, academic and volunteer organizations. But the tide may be turning, as STEM education for women and girls has become a strong focus, and many organizations have taken on the challenge of increasing the representation of women in STEM fields by making significant investments to change the future.One such example that we work with is an organization called “Girls Who Code” – whose programs work to inspire, educate and equip girls with computing skills to pursue 21st century career opportunities. The goal is to expose girls to computer science and strong role models at a young age, so that they will aspire to work in technology and engineering fields and this, in turn, will one day help tech fields reach gender parity. We have many such examples of public-private partnerships designed to move the needle and make a difference as we work to get more women around the globe to pursue careers in technology fields.The Simmons Leadership Conference goes well beyond technology and covers all fields. We are proud to be its lead sponsor and are pleased that so many of our employees are able to participate.last_img read more

Local Leaders Help Businesses Understand New Face Covering Rules


first_imgPhoto: PexelsJAMESTOWN – Business leaders in Jamestown are clarifying new rules for essential employees who interact with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce says a new executive order by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo now requires all employees who interact with customers or the public must be provided with face coverings.The Executive Order reads, in part: “any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.”This mandate applies to all employees working in public areas of licensed businesses including liquor stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores, in addition to restaurants, bars, and manufacturers providing food and alcoholic beverages for delivery and takeout. Officials say the provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.Businesses licensed to sell alcohol who fail to follow this Executive Order, or any other Executive Order, will be subject to SLA discipline.The full order is available on the state’s website.On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is issuing a new executive order requiring face masks in public in the state of New York.Starting Friday, all New Yorkers will need to carry a face mask or covering while they’re out in public. You will need to wear it in any situation where you aren’t able to social distance. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola, Starring Blythe Danner & Sarah Jessica Parker, Extends Off-Broadway


first_img The Commons of Pensacola centers on Judith (Danner), a woman who has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Parker) pays Judith a visit to the one-bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. Related Shows The Commons of Pensacola View Comments In addition to Parker and Danner, the cast of The Commons of Pensacola features Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh and Nilaja Sun.center_img The production includes scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Amanda Peet’s new play The Commons of Pensacola has extended its off-Broadway run at New York City Center — Stage I through February 9, due to popular demand. The show was initially scheduled to run through January 26. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the play stars Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony winner Blythe Danner. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014last_img read more

Iberdrola launches five year, €75 billion investment plan targeting renewables, grid improvements


first_imgIberdrola launches five year, €75 billion investment plan targeting renewables, grid improvements FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Iberdrola SA launched a €75 billion investment plan for the 2020 to 2025 period, including a commitment to invest €68 billion organically in renewable energy, networks, storage and intelligent solutions for its customers. The remaining €7 billion will be allotted to the pending acquisition of PNM Resources Inc. by Avangrid Inc., which is majority owned by Iberdrola, according to a Nov. 5 news release.The company expects to invest an average of €10 billion per year between 2020 and 2022, and €13 billion per year in the 2023 to 2025 period. More than half of its organic spending, or €34.68 billion, will be invested in renewable energy, with around €27.2 billion going into networks.Geographically, €14.35 billion will be spent in its home market Spain, representing a 60% increase over the previous plan and 21% of the group’s total. Another €34 billion will be invested in the U.S. and the U.K., with €11 billion going toward other international areas.Iberdrola is targeting renewable energy capacity of 60 GW by 2025, after hitting 44 GW in 2022. At the end of the period, the company’s renewables portfolio will be made up of 26 GW of onshore wind, 4 GW of offshore wind, 16 GW of solar and 14 GW of hydropower.Iberdrola is targeting to be carbon neutral by 2030.Meanwhile, network investments will bring the company’s regulated asset base to €47 billion by 2025. The company is also planning to have 600 MW of installed green hydrogen production capacity by 2025, and 800 MW by 2027 together with Spanish fertilizer maker Fertiberia SA.[Nephele Kirong]More ($): Iberdrola launches €75B spending plan to 2025last_img read more

What’s holding mobile payments back this holiday season?


first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Why aren’t smart phone users paying at stores with their phones? The short answer to this complex question is user loyalty incentives that integrate with a centralized mobile payment hubs and education on the security standards of mobile payment systems.Only 14 percent of U.S. adults with a smartphone or similar device plans to make even one purchase using mobile payments during the holiday season, according to personal-finance website Bankrate. Over the past year, only 28 percent of smartphone users made a mobile payment, according to the Federal Reserve.Part of what’s holding mobile payments back is there is a generational gap. The newest generation of shoppers, Millennials, are more comfortable making mobile payments than older generations. According to a report by the Consumer Technology Association, 70 percent of respondents between the age of 18 and 34 used a form of mobile payment, compared with 46 percent of respondents over the age of 35. Additionally, 35 percent of respondents between 18 and 34 years old say they’re comfortable replacing all forms of payment with mobile payments, compared with 27 percent of respondents over the age of 35.“Millennials rely on technology to allow them to shop in the most personalized and convenient way, and they’ll remain loyal to the brand that recognizes them for their loyalty status,” Don Yee, vice president at Boston Retail Partners, said. “In a way that loyalty will inspire them to spend more on a shopping trip and shop more often.” continue reading »last_img read more

People helping people: The silver lining of tropical storm Harvey


first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Communities provide an important support structure. Throughout the devastation that Tropical Storm Harvey has caused in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, members of the community have come together to help strangers get to shelter, access food and water and, in many cases, save their lives. This people helping people spirit is alive and well within the credit union community, and we have a tremendous opportunity to support other credit union people in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the tropical storm.CUAid is an online disaster relief system organized by the National Credit Union Foundation. Money raised is for credit union employees, volunteers and members affected by the powerful tropical storm. Credit union supporters in every state can learn more and make donations at www.cuaid.coop.CO-OP Financial Services is donating $10,000 to CUAid. The donation augments the nationwide CO-OP Shared Branch and CO-OP ATM networks used extensively in credit union business continuity and recovery during times of disaster. continue reading »last_img read more

Top Cop Credits Public, Officers for Uniondale Murder Suspect’s Arrest


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police arrested an alleged murder suspect in Uniondale just minutes after he fled the scene of the slaying Monday, police said.Acting on a ShotSpotter notification alerting them to the scene and 911 calls from witnesses, two officers spotted the vehicle fleeing south on Uniondale Avenue and apprehended 35-year-old Joel Arquimides Ayala Deras of Westbury, police said. He was charged with second-degree murder.The two First Precinct officers—Christopher DiGregorio and Gary Butt—also discovered shotgun casings and a .44-caliber handgun on the floor of the car. A subsequent search turned up a shotgun that police believe was used in the slaying, along with a .380-caliber handgun. The victim, 37-year-old German Ismael Saravia Melendez, was fatally shot in the head and back, acting-Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said at a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola Wednesday. Melendez was pronounced dead by an ambulance technician 20 minutes after the shooting.Krumpter credited the two officers for their “keen” observations while racing toward the scene of the shooting.“ShotSpotter is a great tool but without the great police work by the officers involved, the keen observation, road conditions were pretty horrific…they were able to respond in a timely fashion,” said Krumpter, who was flanked by police brass and officers Butt and DiGregorio.Investigators have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, Krumpter said. But officials did say that the two men were acquaintances and had an ongoing dispute. Neither have gang ties.The shooting occurred at 9:44 p.m. Monday, police said. Authorities were alerted to the vicinity near Macon Place and Irving Place by the ShotSpotter alert, which is activated when gunshots are registered in communities where the technology is installed. Calls to 911 and the ShotSpotter alerts came in almost simultaneously, police said.Witnesses provided police with a description of the car, and the two officers were able to act on that information almost immediately.“ShotSpotter didn’t jump off the telephone pole and arrest the defendants,” Krumpter told reporters. “In this case it was the police officers who were responding to the scene; the adrenaline’s pumping, and they’re responding to a shots fired and they were paying attention to what was going on around them on Uniondale Avenue where they observed the vehicle fleeing the scene.”Krumpter defended the department’s perceived failure to adequately alert the public to a homicide, saying the primary responsibility of the department is to conduct probes without compromising investigations.Police did not release details of the fatal shooting until late Tuesday.This is the first homicide in Nassau in 2016. The first fatal shooting in Suffolk was Jan. 17 in North Bay Shore, police said. In that case, 44-year-old Marcelo Argueta Chicas’ lifeless body was discovered with a gunshot wound. The shooting, which also registered on ShotSpotter, remains unsolved.Deras will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Indonesia, Colombia seek increased trade connectivity


first_imgWith Brazil, for instance, Indonesia recorded $2.9 billion of trade last year. With Peru, Indonesia recorded $271 million of trade in the same period.Connectivity is still a hindrance for Indonesia and Colombia – and in general for countries in Latin America – to engage in more fruitful economic interactions.As of now, for instance, there is no direct flight from Jakarta to Bogota, although various sectors are waiting to be explored.“A couple of days ago I received a confirmation from [Colombia’s] President Ivan Duque that he will send a result of our study regarding the opportunities for further cooperation between our countries to President Joko Widodo,” said Colombian Ambassador to Indonesia Juan Camilo Valencia in a press conference on Thursday.“Colombia and Indonesia have a geographical advantage that allows us to become a hub to connect Latin America and Southeast Asia,” he said.Valencia thought that, in Southeast Asia, Indonesia was the easiest country to relate with. In terms of their people, he said, the two nations had similar characteristics.He mentioned that if Colombia wanted to expand its Southeast Asian market, it had to be through Indonesia. “Perhaps Indonesia is thinking the same way […] That’s why it’s important that Garuda Indonesia is thinking of connecting the two regions using Bogota and Jakarta or Bali.”Separately, Darianto Harsono, the Foreign Ministry’s director for South American and Caribbean affairs, said that despite the challenges, the trade relationship between the two countries was getting stronger.“This year, the two countries will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. This comes at a time when governments must work more closely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, more potential has been identified,” he said.“Our hope is that one day there will be a direct flight between Jakarta and Bogota to facilitate people-to-people and business-to-business contact.”Topics : As Indonesia and Colombia commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations this year, the two countries are seeking increased connectivity between the far-flung lands, with both sides hoping to become each other’s regional trade hubs.One historical milestone for the optimistic vision was the recent repatriation of about 366 Colombian citizens from at least 19 countries on a special flight from Jakarta by Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.The repatriation was the first direct flight made by an Indonesian airline to Colombia. The effort was conducted from May 15 to May 17 with the help of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and state-owned company PT Industri Nuklir Indonesia (INUKI). The company and its Colombian counterparts are exploring business opportunities in the radio-pharmacy industry.INUKI director for operations and marketing Bunjamin Noor said on Thursday that several agendas were being planned to explore opportunities in the industry, including sending INUKI’s first batch of products to the country, saying that Colombia had the potential to become the company’s hub for its Latin American regional distribution. “However, with this pandemic, we had to postpone our delivery to Colombia, but our relationship is getting stronger,” he said.Radio-pharmacy is one of many sectors that the two countries have explored. According to the Trade Ministry’s website, Indonesia and Colombia trade a number of commodities, including manufactured goods and agricultural products. However, the significant potential has been hindered by distance and limited information exchange between business players on both sides.Trade Ministry data shows that the trade volume between Indonesia and Colombia accounted for only US$153 million last year. Although the volume has increased 4.22 percent since 2015, the number is still low compared to other countries in the region.last_img read more

Stamp duty costs to blame for drop in new home sales: HIA


first_imgThe HIA says new home sales fell 5.7 per cent in 2017. Image: AAP/David Mariuz.The HIA’s latest monthly survey of the country’s biggest home builders has found the largest fall in new house sales in 2017 occurred in New South Wales (-14.5 per cent), followed closely by Queensland (-14.1 per cent).Victoria was the only state to experience in increase in the sale of new houses (+5.8 per cent).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoHIA senior economist Shane Garrett renewed calls for stamp duty reforms as he said the tax was compounding the housing affordability crisis, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. HOTTEST RENT SPOTS REVEALED The HIA has reported a drop in new home sales in 2017. Photographer: Liam Kidston.AUSTRALIA’S peak building industry body has slammed stamp duty costs for a drop in new home sales in 2017.The Housing Industry Association says the burden of housing taxes such as stamp duty squeezed homebuyers last year, contributing to a 5.7 per cent fall in the sales of detached houses. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE HIA senior economist Shane Garrett.“The burden of housing taxes, particularly stamp duty, grew much heavier during 2017 — homebuyers are really being squeezed.“Residential building activity contributes at least $103 billion annually to the economy. Construction employs over 1 million Australians. The persistent rise in the tax burden places this at risk. FOR SALE: AUSTRALIA’S BEST BACKYARD WATERSLIDE “The relentless increase in stamp duty is largely to blame. In Victoria, the typical stamp duty charge has surpassed $31,000 while homebuyers in NSW are faced with bills in excess of $25,000. “Stamp duty bills have been sky rocketing for decades — in some cases by over 4,000 per cent since the early 1980s.”The amount of stamp duty paid by homebuyers across Australia almost doubled in the past four years to $20.6 billion, according to a recent HIA report.center_img The HIA is blaming stamp duty costs for a drop in new home sales. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.last_img read more