03/09/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 03/09/19

News: Hydrogen from nuclear power could be a new source of low carbon energy – Politics Homes
3 September 2019, Xavier Mamo. Hydrogen to Heysham (H2H) will test an innovative use for nuclear energy, says Xavier Mamo, Director of R&D at EDF Energy:
Hydrogen from nuclear power could be a new source of low carbon energy

News: UK energy price fears as electricity imports climb to record high – Guardian Online
1 Sept 2019. Jillian Ambrose, Reliance on European power would bring extra costs after no-deal Brexit, say experts:
Energy bills / Price fears as electricity imports reach record high

Opinion: The Trials and Tribulations of Transition – Energy Voice
2 September 2019, Neil Smith. The energy transition discussion is the dominant topic for the sector. It’s a multi-layered debate that encompasses macro and micro issues and will have an increasing impact upon our lives and our businesses in the UK:
The trials and tribulations of transition

News: Coal generation becoming a ‘distant memory’ as share of energy mix falls to 0.7% – Edie.net
30 August 2019. The amount of energy generated from coal sources in the UK has fallen to a record-low output of 0.7% – a 63% decline on the same period the year prior – with low-carbon making up more than half of the UK’s energy mix:
Coal generation becoming a ‘distant memory’ as share of energy mix falls to 0.7%

News: Government sets out position on shale gas exploration – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
15 August 2019. Cuadrilla is set to begin work on fracturing (fracking) its second well at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire:
Government sets out position on shale gas exploration

News: Government’s target for ‘net-zero’ by 2050 undeliverable unless clean growth policies introduced – Parliament UK, Commons Select Committee Science & Technology
22 August 2019. The Science and Technology Committee has highlighted the lack of Government policies in place to deliver the net zero target by 2050 and recommends 10 steps the Government should take to meet this legally binding target:
Government’s target for ‘net-zero’ by 2050 undeliverable unless clean growth policies introduced

News: Government clean energy policy inaction branded ‘unacceptable’ by select committee – Current News
22 August 2019, Alice Grundy. The government must plug its policy shortfall or risk failing to hit binding net zero targets, the Science and Technology select committee has warned:
Government clean energy policy inaction branded ‘unacceptable’ by select committee
News: One in three smart meter owners has issues with device, new survey claims – Energy Voice
29 August 2019. A third of smart meter owners have had problems with their devices, ranging from them “going dumb” to failing to function entirely, a survey suggests:
https://www.energyvoice.com/other-news/206439/one-in-three-smart-meter-owners-has-issues-with-device-new-survey-claims/
Independent Report: Great Britain power system disruption review – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
14 August 2019. The Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C) has been commissioned to undertake a review of the power system disruption:
Great Britain power system disruption review

News: Carbon pricing alone ‘will not provide sufficient decarbonisation’, CCC warns – Current News
9 August 2019, Alice Grundy. A strong carbon price is “essential” but can’t facilitate decarbonisation alone, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said. In a letter written in response to a request from the government, the CCC stressed that carbon pricing will not, in isolation, “provide sufficient decarbonisation”:
Carbon pricing alone ‘will not provide sufficient decarbonisation’, CCC warns

Article: Introducing a price cap for energy bills has ‘destroyed’ the UK’s competitive market for as and electricity, researchers have said – Environment Journal
12 August 2019, Thomas Barrett. Introducing a price cap for energy bills has ‘destroyed’ the UK’s competitive market for gas and electricity, researchers have said:
Energy price cap has ‘destroyed’ competition, say academics

ROI: Request for Information for Electricity Settlement Reform – Ofgem
22 August 2019. Ofgem are publishing an updated version of the MHHS RfI Q&A to incorporate fresh questions since the publication of the last Q&A update on 22 August. Please refer to this document when answering the RfI. Includes a table with the changes to this document can be found below:
Request for Information for Electricity Settlement Reform

News: National Grid ‘had three blackout near-misses in three months’ – Guardian Online
12 August 2019, Jillian Ambrose. Exclusive: Industry sources say system operator aware of growing potential of blackouts ‘for years’:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/12/three-blackout-near-misses-in-three-months-says-national-grid

News: Laxatives could be the unlikely solution to our big energy storage problem – Professional Engineering
13 August 2019. Supercapacitors are able to store large amounts of energy for a short period of time, and are often used in situations where batteries would charge too:
Laxatives could be the unlikely solution to our big energy storage problem

Article: FDF presses Government on net zero – Food Manufacture
13 August 2019, Rod Addy. The Government’s promise to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 must now be fleshed out, with concrete plans set forth on how to achieve that goal:
FDF presses Government on net zero

Consultation: Consultation on adjustments to the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body Revenues – Ofgem
13 August 2019. Consultation on our proposals to adjust revenue allowances for National Grid Electricity System Operator to fulfill its role as the Delivery Body for Electricity Market Reform for the period April 2016 to March 2021:
Consultation on adjustments to the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body Revenues

Press release: Energy caps to fall this winter due to lower wholesale costs – Ofgem
7 August 2019. The level of the default price cap, which protects around 11 million default tariff customers, will fall this winter by £75, driven by lower wholesale energy prices:
Energy caps to fall this winter due to lower wholesale costs

Article: UK winter energy bills to fall as regulator lowers price cap – Reuters
7 August 2019, Nina Chestney & Noor Zainab Hussain. Energy bills are set to fall for millions of households in Britain this winter after the country’s energy regulator told suppliers to reduce bills by 6% from Oct. 1, following a drop in wholesale gas and power prices this year:
UK winter energy bills to fall as regulator lowers price cap

News: Fresh RIIO-2 consultation launched as Ofgem preparations gather pace – Current News:
7 August 2019, Liam Stoker. Ofgem has published a new open letter consultation as it ramps up its preparations for the next set of networks price controls:
Fresh RIIO-2 consultation launched as Ofgem preparations gather pace
News: Regina Finn appointed Chair of Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
9 August 2019. The Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company are government companies established in 2014 to help deliver Contracts for Difference and the Capacity Market:
Regina Finn appointed Chair of Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company

Press release: Ofgem seeks views on proposed approach for next electricity distribution price control – Ofgem
6 August 2019. Ofgem has published an open letter seeking views on its proposed approach for regulating the electricity distribution networks in the next price control (“RIIO-ED2”) to protect consumers today and in the future:
Ofgem seeks views on proposed approach for next electricity distribution price control

Announcement: The OGA agrees Hydraulic Fracture Plan – Oil & Gas Authority
3 September 2019. The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has today (Monday 5 August 2019) agreed the Hydraulic Fracture Plan for the PNR2 well at the Preston New Road site as described in plans put forward by Cuadrilla Bowland Limited (Cuadrilla):
https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/news/2019/the-oga-agree-hydraulic-fracture-plan/

Article: UK energy prepayment price cap should be extended past 2020: watchdog – Reuters
31 July 2019. Smart meters, which provide more accurate and timely data on energy usage, are intended to replace prepayment meters:
UK energy prepayment price cap should be extended past 2020: watchdog

News: Ofgem awards clean power trio permanent price cap derogation – Current New
1 August 2019, Liam Stoker. Clean power suppliers Good Energy, Ecotricity and Green Energy UK have been awarded permanent derogations from Ofgem’s price cap by the regulator:
https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ofgem-awards-clean-power-trio-permanent-price-cap-derogation
Press Release: Ofgem consults on electricity distribution funding requests – Ofgem
2 August 2019. Network companies have submitted 12 funding requests with a total value of £322 million. Ofgem is consulting on its proposal to allow network companies to recover approximately £75 million, including funding to invest in physical site security, rail electrification and a number of street works projects. Ofgem proposes to refuse approximately £247 million of funding requests where we consider that these projects have not been justified or provide poor value for money:
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/ofgem-consults-electricity-distribution-funding-requests
News: New battery is powered by SEAWATER – London Economic
30 July 2019, Steve Beech. Dubbed ‘blue energy’, the breakthrough could lead to the oceans meeting all our needs:
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/environment/new-battery-is-powered-by-seawater
Case: Review of the Energy Market Investigation (Prepayment Charge Restriction) Order 2016 – Competition and Markets Authority
31 July 2019. The CMA has published its final decision in its review of the Energy Market Investigation (Prepayment Charge Restriction) Order 2016:
Review of the Energy Market Investigation (Prepayment Charge Restriction) Order 2016 updated

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