30/07/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 30/07/19

News:  Vulnerable energy consumers can’t be ghosts in the machine – Ofgem
3 July 2019.  Adam Scorer, chief executive of fuel poverty charity NEA, contributes the first in a series of guest blogs from the consumer frontline:

Vulnerable energy consumers can’t be ghosts in the machine

News: Britain’s energy regulator rolls out tougher rules for new suppliers – Reuters
4 July 2019, Susanna Twidale.  Britain’s energy regulator will from July 5 implement new tighter rules for suppliers entering the market, it said on Thursday, following the collapse of several small firms over the past few years:

Britain’s energy regulator rolls out tougher rules for new suppliers

News:  Corbyn hits out at UK Government for foreign fossil fuel investment – Energy Voice
3 July 2019.  Mr Corbyn told the Commons today: “In 2017, the government agreed to make finance flows consistent towards a pathway of low greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries”:

Corbyn hits out at UK Government for foreign fossil fuel investment

 
News:  LPG industry aims for 100% transition to bioLPG by 2040 – Bioenergy Insight
3 July 2019.  A full switch to bioLPG could deliver up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions; trade association Liquid Gas UK calls for re-think on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) methodology and announces re-brand from UKLPG to Liquid Gas UK:

LPG industry aims for 100% transition to bioLPG by 2040

 
News: National Grid Electricity Transmission unveils £7.4 billion plan to build transmission system of the future – Current News
3 July 2019, Liam Stoker.  National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) has unveiled plans to spend £7.4 billion to establish the “future electricity transmission system”:

National Grid Electricity Transmission unveils £7.4 billion plan to build transmission system of the future

 

News:  Net zero government inquiry launched – Parliament UK, Commons Select Committee Environmental Audit

4 July 2019.  The Environmental Audit Committee launches a new inquiry into net zero government. It will focus on the sustainability of the Government’s estate and procurement processes and what action it needs to take to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050 or sooner:

Net zero government inquiry launched

Press release: Innovative funding models and technologies to drive investment in new wave of low carbon energy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

23 July 2019.  Decarbonising the power system is a crucial step towards the UK’s commitment to end its contribution to climate change by 2050:

Innovative funding models and technologies to drive investment in new wave of low carbon energy

 

News: Energy regulator ‘out of touch over climate crisis’, say businesses – Edie.net

22 July 2019.  The UK energy regulator is under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency as it draws up plans for Britain’s energy system:

Energy regulator ‘out of touch over climate crisis’, say businesses

News: ‘Radical’ reform of energy supply market needed, says Citizens Advice – Current News

22 July 2019, Alice Grundy.  Citing emerging models and technologies, such as energy as a service and peer-to-peer trading, Citizens Advice stressed that new technologies and a greater digitalisation of the energy system could leave some consumers behind:

‘Radical’ reform of energy supply market needed, says Citizens Advice

News: Net zero success could depend on 20 million ‘mini power stations’ – Current News

19 July 2019, Andy Colthorpe.  The UK will need 20 million ‘mini power stations’ to reach its net zero energy goals, with the need to create a policy framework for technologies like solar PV and energy storage an immediate priority, a group convened in parliament this week heard:

Net zero success could depend on 20 million ‘mini power stations’

News: Flexibility ‘crucial’ to evolving networks, says Ofgem and BEIS – Current News

19 July 2019, Alice Grundy.  Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have described flexibility as ‘crucial’ to the evolution of energy networks in an open letter to the Energy Networks Association (ENA):

Flexibility ‘crucial’ to evolving networks, says Ofgem and BEIS

Energy Update: Written statement – HCWS1789 – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Made by Greg Clark: “On 27 June, the UK became the first major economy in the world to legislate to reach net zero emissions by 2050…..”:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-07-22/HCWS1789

Open consultation: Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects: re-use of oil and gas assets – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Views sought on the re-use of oil and gas assets for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects:

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects: re-use of oil and gas assets

 

Open consultation: Flexible and responsive energy retail markets – Ofgem and Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  As part of the Future energy market review, we’re seeking views on our vision for future of the energy retail markets, including key opportunities and challenges:

Flexible and responsive energy retail markets

 

Open consultation: Reforming the energy industry codes – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Government and Ofgem are seeking views on changes proposed to the energy codes governance framework:

Reforming the energy industry codes

 

Open consultation: Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for nuclear – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Views sought from stakeholders on a proposed Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for new nuclear power projects and its high-level design principles:

Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for nuclear

 

Research & Analysis: Capacity Market: 5-year Review (2014 to 2019) – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.   A review of the Capacity Market during its first 5 years of operation:

Capacity Market: 5-year Review (2014 to 2019)

 

Policy paper: Energy network codes review – Ofgem and Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  A joint government and Ofgem review of the codes which govern our energy system:

Energy network codes review

 

Open consultation: Capacity Market: carbon dioxide emissions limits – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Views sought on proposals for making changes to the Capacity Market Rules in order to comply with new EU carbon dioxide emissions limits:

Capacity Market: carbon dioxide emissions limits

 

Research & Analysis: Market based frameworks for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in the power sector – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Review of market-based frameworks for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in the power sector:

Market based frameworks for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in the power sector

 

Open consultation: Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS): business models – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  We’re seeking views on our emerging findings on potential new business models for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS):

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS): business models

Open consultation: Fuel poverty strategy for England – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 July 2019.  Views sought on proposals to update the 2015 fuel poverty strategy for England:

Fuel poverty strategy for England

 

Press release: New investment to drive forward next generation of net zero planes and cars – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyUK Research and Innovation, and The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

22 July 2018.  Government unveils £80 million investment to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles and new hybrid aircraft:

New investment to drive forward next generation of net zero planes and cars

 

News:  British Gas owner Centrica ‘to cut dividend and sell off oil and gas business’ – City AM

21 July 2019, Alex Daniel.  Centrica is said to be planning to cut its dividend and start looking for a buyer for its oil and gas business. The British Gas owner is reportedly planning to cut its payout in a bid to keep its credit rating. It would join the likes of Vodafone, Marks & Spencer and BT in doing so:

British Gas owner Centrica ‘to cut dividend and sell off oil and gas business’

 

News: UK’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility opens – Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International

19 July 2019, James Billington.  To cater for the rising demand in electric vehicle batteries, Hyperdrive Innovation has opened the UK’s largest independent manufacturing facility for lithium-ion packs:

UK’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility opens

 

News: Chairs of the Committee on Climate Change and Natural England questioned – Parliament UK, Commons Select Committee Environmental Audit

19 July 2019.  The Environmental Audit Committee holds a one-off session on climate change and biodiversity:

 Chairs of the Committee on Climate Change and Natural England questioned

 

Open consultation: Carbon offsetting in transport: a call for evidence – Department for Transport

18 July 2019.  Explores consumer understanding of carbon emissions, options to offset emissions from ticketed travel and if providers should offer voluntary carbon offsets:

Carbon offsetting in transport: a call for evidence.

 

National Statistics: Household Energy Efficiency Statistics, headline release July 2019 – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

18 July 2019.  Household Energy Efficiency Statistics, headline release (July 2019):

Household Energy Efficiency Statistics, headline release July 2019

 

Article:  A wind of change for onshore wind development? – Infrastructure Intelligence

17 July 2019, Andy Walker.  Increasing demand for electricity means looking at the regulatory and planning restrictions that the government needs to address to encourage the development of renewable energy, in particular onshore wind, says Adrian French:

A wind of change for onshore wind development?

 

Press release:  Ofgem sets out medium term objectives and priorities – Ofgem

11 July 2019.  Ofgem has set out its key objectives and priorities to help carry out its principal duty to “protect the interests of existing and future consumers” in a rapidly changing energy sector:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/ofgem-sets-out-medium-term-objectives-and-priorities

News:  CBI accuses Ofgem of not prioritising climate emergency – ShareCast

22 July 2019, Caoimhe Toman.  UK energy regulator Ofgem was on Monday accused by a leading business lobby group of failing include climate change when considering policy goals:

CBI accuses Ofgem of not prioritising climate emergency

 

News: New UK Tory leader urged to back onshore wind – ReNews

23 July 2019.  RenewableUK has called on new Conservative leader Boris Johnson to put the UK on track to hit its 2050 net zero emissions goal by supporting onshore wind and innovative offshore technologies:

New UK Tory leader urged to back onshore wind

 

News: UK’s overseas energy aid spending on fossil fuels spirals to £4.6bn – Edie.net

23 July 2019.  Over the last seven years, the UK has spent 60% of its overseas support for energy investment in developing countries on fossil fuels, with more than £4.6bn spent on climate-wrecking projects:

UK’s overseas energy aid spending on fossil fuels spirals to £4.6bn

 

News: Business giants commit to delivering net-zero strategies – Edie.net

23 July 2019.  More than 20 companies, including Telefonica, Vodafone and Unilever, with a total market capitalisation of more than $1.2trn have committed to setting science-based targets aligned to 1.5C reductions and net-zero emissions for 2050:

Business giants commit to delivering net-zero strategies

 

Private Members Bill:  Low Carbon Domestic Heating Bill 2017-19 – Parliament UK

23 July 2019, 1st Reading.  Sponsored by Sir David Amess:

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/lowcarbondomesticheating.html

 

Collection: Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

25 July 2019.  This series brings together all documents relating to the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES):

Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES)

 

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – National statistics: UK energy in brief 2019

25 July 2019.  Summary of some of the key developments in the UK energy system: how energy is produced and used and the way in which energy use influences greenhouse gas emissions:

UK energy in brief 2019

 

News:  Erosion threatens UK gas terminal with collapse into North Sea – Energy Voice

24 July 2019.  On the evening of Dec. 5, 2013, the U.K. east coast was battered by the worst storm surge in 60 years as the North Sea rose more than 2 meters (6.6 feet) above normal:

Erosion threatens UK gas terminal with collapse into North Sea

 

News:  Leadsom urged to review effective ‘ban’ on onshore wind – Energy Voice

26 July 2019, David McPhee.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new appointment as secretary of state for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Andrea Leadsom, has been urged to look again at the current effective ‘ban’ on onshore wind in England:

Leadsom urged to review effective ‘ban’ on onshore wind

 

Article:  UK’s new premier promises boost for nuclear power – World Nuclear News

26 July 2019.  Boris Johnson expressed his “passionate” support for nuclear power when he addressed the House of Commons for the first time as UK prime minister yesterday. Seven of the country’s eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030, while new-build projects have faced financial uncertainty over the last two years:

UK’s new premier promises boost for nuclear power

News: Chair writes to new Secretary of State on net zero – Parliament UK, Commons Select Committee Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

26 July 2019.  Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has today written to the new Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to press for action on a series of policy fronts such as electric vehicles, carbon capture, and energy efficiency, in order to ramp up UK efforts to meet future carbon budgets and the net-zero 2050 target.  She is calling for stronger BEIS-Treasury collaboration to ensure that Treasury’s net zero funding review considers not only the costs, but also the benefits, of delivering the new target:

 Chair writes to new Secretary of State on net zero

 

News:  Leadsom appointed as energy secretary in Johnson’s new-look cabinet – Energy Voice

26 July 2019, Allister Thomas.   A critic of onshore wind power, she takes on the role from Greg Clark, overseeing the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  Ms Leadsom is a former energy minister and in 2015 ended taxpayer subsidies for onshore windfarms, a year earlier than planned:

Leadsom appointed as energy secretary in Johnson’s new-look cabinet

 

Article: Boris Johnson: ‘We place the climate change agenda at the absolute core of what we are doing’ – ENDS Report
26 July 2019, James Agyepong-Parsons.  Boris Johnson has addressed parliament for the first time since becoming prime minister, reaffirming the government’s commitment for the UK to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050:
Boris Johnson: ‘We place the climate change agenda at the absolute core of what we are doing’

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