05/11/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 05/11/19

News: HM Treasury net zero review to pursue ‘fair balance’ of decarbonisation costs – Current News

4 November 2019, Molly Lempriere.  A review into Britain’s net zero target is to assess how the government can deliver economic growth and a fair balance of cost as it decarbonizes:

HM Treasury net zero review to pursue ‘fair balance’ of decarbonisation costs

News: Roadmap unveiled to decarbonise UK’s gas network – Power Engineering International

1 November 2019.  Navigant’s “Pathways to Net Zero“, commissioned by Energy Networks Association and independently reviewed by Imperial College, sets out a detailed plan to deliver a zero carbon gas grid, with clear technical, operational and regulatory actions that need to take place to achieve it:

Plan announced to decarbonise UK’s gas network

News: ‘Time is not on our side’: Energy UK manifesto details guidance for next government as GE looms – Current News

31 October, Molly Lempriere.  As the country braces itself for the general election on the 12 December, Energy UK has released its manifesto to provide policy guidance for the next government:

‘Time is not on our side’: Energy UK manifesto details guidance for next government as GE looms

News: Cuadrilla says it hopes to overturn fracking suspension – BBC News Online
4 November 2019.  Energy company Cuadrilla has said it hopes to “address concerns” about fracking so that a moratorium announced by the government can be overturned:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50296671

News: Labour plans to make 27m homes energy efficient – Guardian Online
2 November 2019, Michael Savage.  Warm Homes for All scheme would allow low-income households to apply for grants for renovation, party says:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/nov/02/labour-scheme-homes-energy-efficiency

News:  Energy giants call for post-Brexit carbon price certainty in ‘Net-Zero Budget’ – Edie.net

1 November 2019.  Energy giants Drax, Orsted and SSE have penned a joint letter to Chancellor Sajid Javid calling for the Government to outline post-Brexit carbon pricing mechanisms, warning that it is crucial to the resilience of business and acts as a key indicator for investors:

Energy giants call for post-Brexit carbon price certainty in ‘Net-Zero Budget’

Guidance:  New nuclear power stations: assessing reactor designs – Environment Agency
1 November 2019.  The Environment Agency’s Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of new nuclear power station designs and how we engage with others during the process:

New nuclear power stations: assessing reactor designs

Press release:  Heavy industry to cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions with new tech

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
2 November 2019.  The government is looking for most effective ways to cut industrial greenhouse gas emissions, as part of £315 million investment drive to decarbonise heavy industry:

Heavy industry to cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions with new tech

 Press release:  Government ends support for fracking – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyOil and Gas AuthorityThe Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP

2 November 2019.  Government ends support for fracking in England on the basis of new scientific analysis, published today:

Government ends support for fracking

 News: Ofgem ready to take ‘tough action’ if suppliers fail to meet smart meter targets – Current News

30 October 2019, Alice Grundy.  Ofgem is “ready to take tough action” on suppliers that fall short of smart meter goals, the regulator’s executive director of consumers and markets, Mary Starks, has said:

Ofgem ready to take ‘tough action’ if suppliers fail to meet smart meter targets

News:  Cuadrilla to make ‘goodwill payments’ after claims homes damaged by Lancashire quake – ITV News Online

28 October 2019.  The UK’s only fracker Cuadrilla has revealed it will make small “goodwill payments” to locals who claim their homes were damaged by a violent tremor caused by the company’s Lancashire drilling site:

Cuadrilla to make ‘goodwill payments’ after claims homes damaged by Lancashire quake

News: Ofgem hits back at EV rollout criticism – Current News

25 October 2019, Molly Lempriere.  Ofgem has hit back at accusations that it is stalling the UK’s electric vehicle rollout, arguing that an article published in The Guardian this week does “not fully reflect” its position:

Ofgem hits back at EV rollout criticism

News: Tempus slams ‘rushed’ Capacity Market investigation – Current News
25 October 2019, Liam Stoker.  Tempus Energy has accused the European Commission of caving to industry pressure and rushing through its investigation into the Capacity Market, after the mechanism was cleared to be reinstated:

Tempus slams ‘rushed’ Capacity Market investigation

News story: Regulator calls on businesses to do more to protect the environment – Environment Agency
25 October 2019.  The Environment Agency’s report includes a review of business compliance, greenhouse gas emissions, serious pollution incidents and illegal waste activity:

Regulator calls on businesses to do more to protect the environment

Correspondence: Capacity Market reinstatement: letters from BEIS to National Grid ESO and ESC, October 2019 – Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
25 October 2019.  Letters informing National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Electricity Settlements Company (ESC) of the European Commission’s approval of the Capacity Market:

Capacity Market reinstatement: letters from BEIS to National Grid ESO and ESC, October 2019

 Business News:  SSE faces complication in plan to exit household energy supply market – Herald Scotland

25 October 2019, Mark Williamson.  SSE has insisted the planned £500 million sale of its household supply business to Ovo will be good news for consumers although the competition watchdog has launched a probe into it:

SSE faces complication in plan to exit household energy supply market

News: Energy generators to get £1bn windfall as power subsidy set to restart – Energy Voice
24 October 2019.  British electricity generators can expect a £1 billion windfall after a European Commission decision that could restart a controversial subsidy scheme which was accused of favouring fossil fuels:

Energy generators to get £1bn windfall as power subsidy set to restart

News: UK Capacity Market secures green light from EU following State Aid probe – Business Green.com
24 October 2019, Michael Holder.  Government says it expects back-up power auction scheme to soon be restored, with almost £1bn of back-payments to be made to generators in January:

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3083031/uk-capacity-market-secures-green-light-from-eu-following-state-aid-probe

News: Labour unveils plans for carbon-neutral energy system by 2030s – Guardian Online

23 October 2019, Jillian Ambrose.  Strategy includes 30 recommendations including insulation upgrades for every home in UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/23/labour-unveils-plans-for-carbon-neutral-energy-system-by-2030s

 News: ‘Ripe for disruption’ energy retail sector to be overhauled by new entrants – Current News
23 October 2019, Liam Stoker.  The energy retail space is “ripe for disruption” and new entrants stand to overhaul the sector in the coming years, a panel has concluded:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ripe-for-disruption-energy-retail-sector-to-be-overhauled-by-new-entrants

News:  Governments must tax non-renewable energy, BP chief says – Energy Voice
23 October 2019.  BP’s chief executive has said governments need to target consumers’ pockets before the energy industry will prioritise sustainable sources over non-renewables:

https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/210503/governments-must-tax-non-renewable-energy-bp-chief-says/

Press release:  Fracking for shale gas in England – National Audit Office
23 October 2019.  Progress in establishing a shale gas industry in England has been slower than government planned, according to today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO):

Fracking for shale gas in England

News:  Ofgem’s letter of response to Guardian article – Ofgem
23 October 2019.  This letter was published in the Guardian, in response to the Guardian article published 19 October 2019: ‘Energy watchdog accused of stalling electric vehicle rollout

Ofgem’s letter of response to Guardian article

News:  Ofgem proposes new financial and customer service checks for energy firms – Money Saving Expert
22 October 2019, Callum Mason.  Gas and electricity suppliers could face checks on their customer service and finances under reforms unveiled by the energy watchdog, following a spate of recent failures:

Ofgem proposes new financial and customer service checks for energy firms

Update: Reviewing smart metering costs in the default tariff cap: October consultation – Ofgem:
22 October 2019.  This consultation sets out how we propose to update the non-pass-through Smart Metering Net Cost Change allowance (“SMNCC”) in the default tariff cap (“the Cap”):

Reviewing smart metering costs in the default tariff cap: October consultation

 Press release: PM to chair new Cabinet Committee on Climate Change – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing StreetDepartment for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

17 October 2019.  The Prime Minister will chair a new Cabinet Committee on Climate Change to drive further action across government to protect our environment, reduce emissions and improve air quality:

PM to chair new Cabinet Committee on Climate Change

 Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Collection:  Household Energy Efficiency Statistics

17 October 2019.  This series brings together statistical releases relating to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Green Deal, and insulation levels:

Household Energy Efficiency Statistics

 News: Work in progress energy white paper delayed until Q1 2020 – Current News

16 October 2019, Molly Lempriere.  The UK’s much-awaited energy White Paper remains a work in progress and is now not expected to be published until Q1 2020, energy secretary Andrea Leadsom revealed:

Work in progress energy white paper delayed until Q1 2020

News:  Dermot Nolan: Ofgem must facilitate UK’s decarbonisation – Energy Live

16 October 2019, Jonny Bairstow.  “Ofgem must facilitate UK’s decarbonisation” – That’s the call from Dermot Nolan, CEO of Ofgem, who spoke to ELN at Energy UK’s annual conference:

https://www.energylivenews.com/2019/10/16/dermot-nolan-ofgem-must-facilitate-decarbonisation/

News:  Optimistic but lacking action: Green groups offer mixed reaction to Environment Bill – Edie.net

15 October 2019.  The Environment Bill has been published today and the reaction is already in from the UK’s green business community on the legislation and its impact on corporate sustainability:

Optimistic but lacking action: Green groups offer mixed reaction to Environment Bill

News:  Renewables surpass fossil fuels in ‘milestone moment’ for UK power sector – Current News

15 October 2019, Molly Lempriere.  Renewables made up a larger percentage of electricity generation than fossil fuels did in the UK for the time in Q3 this year:

Renewables surpass fossil fuels in ‘milestone moment’ for UK power sector

News: UK aims to simplify energy storage planning – ReNews

15 October 2019. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published proposals that would mean utility-scale energy storage projects are processed via local planning:

UK aims to simplify energy storage planning

Consultation outcome: The treatment of electricity storage within the planning system – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

15 October 2019. Views sought on proposals for amending the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system:

The treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

Press release: UK to go further and faster to tackle climate change – Department for Environment, Food & Rural AffairsDepartment for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyDepartment for TransportThe Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

15 October 2019.  The government today set out measures to go further and faster to tackle climate change, in response to Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommendations:

UK to go further and faster to tackle climate change

News: Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions – Guardian Online
9 October 2019, Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watts. The Guardian reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/revealed-20-firms-third-carbon-emissions

News:  Energy prices fall as new price cap kicks in – but most will still massively overpay – Money Saving Expert
1 October 2019, Andrew Capstick.  Millions of customers stuck on expensive standard tariffs should start to see lower energy bills this week as Ofgem’s new price cap kicks in, though most will still be massively overpaying – you could save £300+/year by switching supplier:

Energy prices fall as new price cap level kicks in – but most will still massively overpay

News:  UK Government will continue to invest in fossil fuels overseas, despite MPs’ concerns – Edie.net
9 October 2019.  The Government has broadly rejected a string of recommendations from MPs aimed at decarbonising the portfolio of the UK’s export credit agency, which has continually been found to be financing fossil fuel projects in developing nations:

UK Government will continue to invest in fossil fuels overseas, despite MPs’ concerns

Report and plan:  State of the Energy Market 2019 – Ofgem
3 October 2019.  Energy is an essential service for homes and business around Great Britain, and energy bills are one of the largest single items of regular expenditure. Households and businesses together spend around £55 billion on energy each year. Questions about how energy is produced and supplied, its affordability, and its environmental impact, are at the forefront of public debate. This report aims to contribute to that discussion by providing rigorous and clear analysis of the current state of energy markets, including the retail and wholesale energy markets and the networks:

State of the Energy Market 2019

Independent report: Great Britain power system disruption review – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
4 October 2019.  The Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C) was commissioned to undertake a review of the power system disruption:

Great Britain power system disruption review

News: Ofgem warns over slowing decarbonisation as regulator pays out second-highest system balancing costs – Current News
3 October 2019.  Decarbonisation of the UK’s energy supply is slowing, Ofgem has warned, while the cost of balancing the UK’s power system spiked to its second-highest ever in 2017/18:

Ofgem warns over slowing decarbonisation as regulator pays out second-highest system balancing costs

Decision: Drax Power Station Limited: Development Consent Order, Planning Act 2008 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
4 October 2019.  Decision by the Secretary of State on an application for development consent by Drax Power Limited:

Drax Power Station Limited: Development Consent Order, Planning Act 2008

News: Solar Trade Association calls on government to cease publishing inaccurate deployment stats – Envirotec Magazine

26 September 2019.  On 26 September, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its latest figures on solar PV deployment in the UK. The figures have been deemed inaccurate by the STA as the methodology for data collection relies on subsidy schemes that are no longer in operation, including the Feed-in Tariff, which was drawn to a close at the end of March this year:

https://envirotecmagazine.com/2019/09/26/solar-trade-association-calls-on-government-to-cease-publishing-inaccurate-deployment-stats

 

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