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News: Smart meter installs continue to falter, rendering 2020 deadline ‘unfeasible’ – Current News

31 May 2019, Liam Stoker.   Domestic smart meter installations continued to falter in Q1 2019, rendering the government’s 2020 deadline ‘unfeasible’:

Smart meter installs continue to falter, rendering 2020 deadline ‘unfeasible’

News: 10% of Scots unable to pay fuel bill due to lack of cash, report warns – ITV News Online

2 June 2019.  One in 10 workers in Scotland was unable to pay a gas or electricity bill at least once last year due to a lack of money, a report found:

10% of Scots unable to pay fuel bill due to lack of cash, report warns

News: Energy customers missing out on millions in compensation – Citizens Advice – ITV News Online

3 May 2019.  Energy customers have missed out on an estimated £5.1 million in compensation over the last three years, according to Citizens Advice:

Energy customers missing out on millions in compensation – Citizens Advice

News: BEIS sets out its stall for post-Brexit carbon pricing – Current News

3 May 2019, Liam Stoker.  The government has made the first steps towards designing and implementing its own emissions trading scheme (ETS), paving the way for carbon pricing aligned to that of the European Union to continue post-Brexit:

BEIS sets out its stall for post-Brexit carbon pricing

News: MPs urge energy minister to back marine power – Energy Voice

10 May 2019, David McPhee.  More than 90 members of Parliament have signed a letter asking UK energy minister Claire Perry to back measures of support for the UK marine energy sector:

MPs urge energy minister to back marine power

News: More onshore wind development ‘not right for England’, Government says – Energy Voice

13 May 2019, David McPhee.  A new poll released last week by the UK department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed a growth in public attitude from 76% in 2018 to 79% in 2019:

More onshore wind development ‘not right for England’, Government says

News: UK energy White Paper ‘crucial’ to net zero goal – ReNews

15 May 2019. The UK government’s forthcoming energy White Paper must provide a clear roadmap for delivering on a 2050 net zero carbon emissions target, All-Energy 2019 has heard:

UK energy White Paper ‘crucial’ to net zero goal

News: ‘A huge setback’: Labour nationalisation plans could beset clean energy transition, industry says – Current News

16 May 2019, Alice Grundy. The energy sector has slammed the Labour Party’s plans to nationalise energy networks in the UK, claiming they could cause decarbonisation to stall:

‘A huge setback’: Labour nationalisation plans could beset clean energy transition, industry says

News: Labour bids to ‘bring energy home’ in sweeping renationalisation plans – Current News

15 May 2019, Liam Stoker.  The Labour Party has unveiled major plans to renationalise the UK’s entire electricity and gas system, claiming that the current system is not fit for purpose:

Labour bids to ‘bring energy home’ in sweeping renationalisation plans

Corporate report: Committee on Fuel Poverty framework document – Committee on Fuel Poverty

4 June 2019.  This document sets out the broad framework within which the Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) will operate:

Committee on Fuel Poverty framework document

News: Vulnerable households overpaying for energy by £250m, research suggests – PA Money News

27 May 2019, Simon Neville.  Rules laid out by regulators say that energy firms should only charge a maximum of £63 more for a prepay meter versus a traditional credit one.  However, renewable energy provider Bulb found that British Gas, Npower and Eon are breaking the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) rules by charging prepay customers far more:

Vulnerable households overpaying for energy by £250m, research suggests

News: UK power prices turn negative for nine hours, balancing costs spike during ‘extraordinary’ weekend – Current News

28 May 2019, Liam Stoker.  UK power prices turned negative for nine consecutive hours on Sunday in what’s been billed as an “extraordinary turn of events” for the country’s electricity system:

UK power prices turn negative for nine hours, balancing costs spike during ‘extraordinary’ weekend

News: Milestone reached as EV charging sites outnumber petrol stations – Current News

29 May 2019, Liam Stoker.  Electric vehicle charging sites have outnumbered petrol stations for the first time, new data from Zap-Map has revealed:

Milestone reached as EV charging sites outnumber petrol stations

Collection: Smart Meters statistics – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 May 2019.  This series brings together all documents relating to smart meter statistics:

Smart Meters statistics

News: Energy majors throw their weight behind UK COP26 bid – Current News

29 May 2019, Liam Stoker.  A host of the country’s largest energy firms have backed the UK’s bid to host next year’s COP climate conference and called on the government for further support:

Energy majors throw their weight behind UK COP26 bid

News: War of words erupts over multi-billion-pound networks consumer reimbursement call – Current News

30 May 2019, Liam Stoker. A war of words has erupted between Citizens Advice and the UK’s energy networks companies over calls for consumers to be compensated for what the charity has described as years of overcharging:

War of words erupts over multi-billion-pound networks consumer reimbursement call

News: Energy firms ‘must do more for elderly customers’ – BBC News Online

31 May 2019. Energy firms need to work harder to identify and protect poor and elderly customers, an independent report found:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48457499

News: Britons set for £6 billion energy windfall from network curbs – Reuters

24 May 2019, Susanna Twidale.  Britons could see a 6 billion pound cut in energy bills over five years from 2021, saving the average household 40 pounds per year, under plans to curb what gas and electricity network firms can pay shareholders:

Britons set for £6 billion energy windfall from network curbs

Feature: The British public supports onshore wind – why won’t the government? – Environment Journal

22 May 2019, Michael Phillips.  Onshore wind is a major success story in the UK’s low carbon economy. However, inadequate government support for onshore wind will make it near impossible to meet the country’s renewable energy and carbon reduction commitments, let alone bridge the looming electricity generation gap:

The British public supports onshore wind – why won’t the government?

Blog: SSE to Stop Supplying Household Energy Next Year – Money Expert

23 May 2019. Big Six energy supplier SSE has announced it will stop supplying gas and electricity to domestic customers in the UK from the middle of next year:

SSE to Stop Supplying Household Energy Next Year

Decision: RIIO-2 Sector Specific Methodology Decision – Ofgem

24 May 2019.  “RIIO is our approach to ensuring the monopoly companies who run our gas and electricity networks have enough revenue to run an efficient network that delivers what customers need. RIIO stands for Revenues = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs”:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/riio-2-sector-specific-methodology-decision

Consultation outcome: Enrolment of Secure SMETS1 meters in the Data Communications Company (DCC) – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

23 May 2019.  Views sought on a proposal requiring the Data Communications Company (DCC) to provide an interoperable SMETS1 smart meter service in respect of the Secure meter set:

Enrolment of Secure SMETS1 meters in the Data Communications Company (DCC)

Open consultation: The future of UK carbon pricing – Welsh GovernmentThe Scottish GovernmentDepartment of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland), and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

21 May 2019.  Views sought on the UK government’s and the devolved administrations’ approach to UK carbon pricing following EU Exit:

The future of UK carbon pricing

Research and analysis: Call for CCUS Innovation: literature review, benchmarking report and calculator – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

9 May 2019.  A study assessing the most promising CO2 capture technologies in order to inform future innovation spending programmes:

Call for CCUS Innovation: literature review, benchmarking report and calculator

Consultation outcome: Smart Metering Implementation Programme: realising non-domestic benefits – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17 May 2019.  Views sought on proposals to improve non-domestic consumers’ awareness of smart meters and access to their data:

Smart Metering Implementation Programme: realising non-domestic benefits

Correspondence:  Capacity Market auction parameters: open letter from BEIS to National Grid ESO, May 2019 – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

13 May 2019.  Adjustments to the Capacity Market auction parameters for delivery year 2019 to 2020:

Capacity Market auction parameters: open letter from BEIS to National Grid ESO, May 2019

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