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In the papers today - Thursday 28 February

Households would be able to choose from a range of different water suppliers under proposals to be studied in a government review of the industry due to be unveiled today...

Consumers can choose from a variety of electricity and gas companies but water supplies are dominated by regional monopolies such as Severn Trent and Northumbrian Water - The Financial Times

Honeywell and Dalkia, the energy service companies, have won the first contracts to give public sector buildings in London a £10M green makeover. The contracts are intended to be the first of a wide-ranging programme to cut carbon emissions across thousands of offices, transport buildings, police stations, hospitals and schools in the capital, making energy savings of up to 25% - Financial Times

The campaign for a sustainable, low-carbon future is not going well. A Norwegian Arctic measuring station last week reported that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere had reached a new peak, at 394 parts per million, heading for the danger levels at which we are told violent climate change set in - The Financial Times

A Government threat to impose a windfall tax on energy company profits has been attacked as "legalised piracy" by one of the industry's leading representatives. David Porter, chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers, which represents Britain's top generating companies, said that plans for such a tax are "just plain daft" at a time when power companies were being urged to make investments in low carbon power generation, including nuclear and renewables - The Times

Stephen Nelson was ousted as chief executive of BAA after failing to make fundamental changes quickly enough at Britain's largest operator. Sir Nigel Rudd, BAA chairman, reached his decision to remove Nelson just before Christmas, three months after joining the company - The Guardian

Bosses in China could be fined up to half their annual income if their companies are convicted of polluting water under new laws, it emerged yesterday. With China keen to step up the pressure on environmental offenders before the Olympic games, legislators told the state news agency Xinhua that the law was likely to be agreed at next week's full session of the People's Congress (NPC) - The Guardian

The government will announce a revamp of its controversial grant programme for renewable energy in budget week next month, a government official said yesterday. The Guardian revealed recently that the Low Carbon Buildings Programme would have underspent by £10M by next March because house holders were put off by the small grants available and the strict terms and conditions of the programme - The Guardian

BP is considering floating or selling all or part of its renewable power operations, which it believes are worth up £3.5bn - a value not reflected in the oil group's share price. In a strategy update to the city that will be seen by green critics as a further move back to petroleum, Tony Hayward, the chief executive, said he planned to review the position of BP Alternative Energy, the brainchild of his predecessor, John Browne - The Guardian

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