03/07/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 03/07/19

News: Household energy bills increase by £1.2bn in six months despite price cap – ITV News Online
23 June 2019.  Households across the country have seen a combined £1.2 billion added to energy bills thanks to 42 price rises in the six months since the Government’s flagship price cap was supposed to end rip-off bills, new research has shown:

Household energy bills increase by £1.2bn in six months

News: Over 50,000 daily smart meter installs needed to meet 2020 target – Current News
21 June 2019, Alice Grundy.  Over 50,000 smart meters will need to be installed every day to meet 2020 targets, says Cornwall Insight, as Ofgem discusses the challenges facing suppliers:

Over 50,000 daily smart meter installs needed to meet 2020 target

News: Outdated grid regulation is standing in the way of the UK’s transition to a high-renewable energy future – Envirotec: June 2019.

The paper includes market data, expert insights and case studies from analysts and industry players including: Bloomberg New Energy Finance …:
Outdated grid regulation is standing in the way of the UK’s transition to a high-renewable energy …

Decision:  Decision for access to half-hourly electricity data for settlement purposes – Ofgem
25 June 2019.  In July 2018 Ofgem published a consultation seeking views on a number of questions, in order to realise the benefits of settlement reform whilst ensuring that consumers’ privacy is appropriately safeguarded. Alongside the consultation document we also published a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA):

Decision for access to half-hourly electricity data for settlement purposes

News: New investigation exposes destruction of forests to feed UK biomass plants – Envirotec
June 2019.  A new, hard-hitting investigation exposes how the UK’s demand for so-called ‘biomass’ energy is destroying valuable forests and ecosystems in the U.S. Southeast, a designated global biodiversity hotspot:

https://envirotecmagazine.com/2019/06/18/new-investigation-exposes-destruction-of-forests-to-feed-uk-biomass-plants/

Press release: UK’s largest carbon capture project to prevent equivalent of 22,000 cars’ emissions from polluting the atmosphere from 2021 – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
27 June 2019. £26 million awarded to accelerate rollout of carbon capture and storage as UK moves to a net zero emissions economy:

UK’s largest carbon capture project to prevent equivalent of 22,000 cars’ emissions from polluting the atmosphere from 2021

News: UK becomes first major economy to pass net zero emissions law – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Chris Skidmore, MP
27 June 2019.  New target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050:

UK becomes first major economy to pass net zero emissions law

Environment and Climate Change: Response to the Resolution of the House, 1 May 2019: Written statement – HCWS167 – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Chris Skidmore, MP
27 June 2019.  “The Government is in no doubt that we face an environmental and climate emergency – from climate change to biodiversity decline, from poor air quality to plastic pollution – which requires urgent action. The decisions we make today will affect the future of our planet for generations to come”:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-06-27/HCWS1675

News: Lords debates reduction in UK’s greenhouse gas emissions – Parliament UK – House of Lords:
27 June 2019.  Members of the Lords discussed regulations on reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, on Wednesday 26 June:

Lords debates reduction in UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

News: World Bank: Cost declines in solar-plus-storage could see 490 million relying on microgrids by 2030 – Energy Storage News
27 June 2019, Jose Rojo Martin.  Plummeting solar-plus-storage costs could help electrify millions worldwide by facilitating a ten-fold explosion of mini-grid systems, a new report from the World Bank has said:

World Bank: Cost declines in solar-plus-storage could see 490 million relying on microgrids by 2030

U.S. shale’s growth rate peaked last year, slower gains ahead – Reuters News
1 July 2019, Jennifer Hillier.  The U.S. shale industry’s sizzling growth rate likely peaked last year, according to a survey of major forecasters, cooled by investors demanding financial returns over increased oil output:
US shale’s growth rate peaked last year, slower gains ahead

Policy paper: Committee on Fuel Poverty’s `Challenge Fund’ proposal for the period 2020 to 2022 – Committee on Fuel Poverty
28 June 2019.  The Committee on Fuel Poverty’s proposal for a new household energy efficiency programme ‘Challenge Fund’ to run from April 2020 to April 2022:

Committee on Fuel Poverty’s `Challenge Fund’ proposal for the period 2020 to 2022

News: ‘Significant moment’ for storage as Ofgem bids to end double charging with formal definition – Current News
28 June 2019, Alice Grundy.  Ofgem is hoping to eradicate the double-charging of storage assets through the addition of a formal definition of energy storage to the regulatory framework:

‘Significant moment’ for storage as Ofgem bids to end double charging with formal definition

News: Tata to build UK’s first C&I CCU plant as BEIS ramps up funding – Current News
27 June 2019, Alice Grundy. The UK’s first industrial-scale Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) demonstration plant is to be built by Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) as the government announces £26 million of funding:

Tata to build UK’s first C&I CCU plant as BEIS ramps up funding

Policy paper:  Green finance strategy – Home Treasury and Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
2 July 2019.  A comprehensive approach to greening financial systems, mobilising finance for clean and resilient growth, and capturing the resulting opportunities for UK firms:

Green finance strategy

Consultation outcome: Building a market for energy efficiency: call for evidence – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
2 July 2019.  Evidence and views sought on additional measures and incentives that could encourage home-owners to invest in energy efficiency improvements:

Building a market for energy efficiency: call for evidence

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