26/11/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 26/11/19

News: Power firms move ownership offshore to ‘protect against Labour renationalisation’ – Guardian Online
24 November 2019, Miles Brignall.  National Grid and SSE own Britain’s gas and electricity transmission networks:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/nov/24/power-firms-move-ownership-offshore-to-protect-against-labour-renationalisation

News: Climate crisis topping UK election agenda is ‘unprecedented’ change – Guardian Online
21 November 2019, Fiona Harvey.  Environmentalists say such political focus on green issues ‘unthinkable’ just five years ago:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/21/climate-crisis-topping-uk-election-agenda-is-unprecedented-change

News: Ofgem pushes ahead with controversial TCR proposals amidst fierce criticism – Current News
21 November 2019, Liam Stoker.  Ofgem has withstood fierce criticism from the clean energy sector and will press ahead with controversial reforms to residual charges under the Targeted Charging Review:
Ofgem pushes ahead with controversial TCR proposals amidst fierce criticism

News: GE2019: Nationalisation, renewables and the green economy in Labour’s manifesto – Current News
21 November 2019, Molly Lempriere.  At a ceremony in Birmingham, the Labour Party launched its “manifesto for hope” including its plan for a “green transformation”.The manifesto included a number of policy announcements and updates regarding the energy transition, including generating nearly 90% of the country’s energy from renewables by 2030:

GE2019: Nationalisation, renewables and the green economy in Labour’s manifesto

News: UK’s decarbonisation progress neither ‘sustainable’ nor ‘sufficient’ for net zero, claims PwC – Current News
19 November 2019, Molly Lempriere.  The UK will need to reduce carbon intensity by 9.7% a year if it is to meet its net zero by 2050 goal, according to new research by PwC:

UK’s decarbonisation progress neither “sustainable” nor “sufficient” for net zero, claims PwC

News: Conservatives outline fresh £500 million pledge for electric vehicles, new infrastructure in ‘Green Revolution’ – Current News
15 November 2019, Molly Lempriere.  A new Conservative government would plough an additional £500 million into EV charging infrastructure and new electric vehicles, ensuring there was a chargepoint within 30 miles of each home in England and Wales:

Conservatives outline fresh £500 million pledge for electric vehicles, new infrastructure in ‘Green Revolution’

New smart meter deadline impossible to achieve, energy chiefs warn – Yahoo Finance News
14 November 2019, August Graham.  The Government’s new smart meter rollout timetable for a device in 85% of homes by 2024 cannot be met, the energy industry has warned:

New smart meter deadline impossible to achieve, energy chiefs warn

News: National Grid pushes decarbonisation target to net zero – Current News
14 November 2019, Alice Grundy.  National Grid has revised its target for reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, to now match the UK’s net zero by 2050 goal:

National Grid pushes decarbonisation target to net zero

News: Energy suppliers face tightened rules under Ofgem’s recent proposals – Lexology
15 November 2019, Burges Salmon LLP.  Ofgem has announced proposed reforms aimed at reducing the risk of supplier failure and strengthening the safety net for consumers:

Energy suppliers face tightened rules under Ofgem’s recent proposals

News: British Gas owner Centrica wins Ofgem appeal over energy price cap – City AM
13 November 2019, Edward Thicknesse.  The High Court ruled in favour of British Gas owner Centrica’s appeal against the way that Ofgem calculated part of its energy price cap:

British Gas owner Centrica wins Ofgem appeal over energy price cap

News: Biogas is a ‘viable, renewable’ alternative to shale gas, says ADBA – Bioenergy Insight News
8 November 2019.  The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is urging the UK Government to consider biogas as a viable alternative to shale gas following the ‘indefinite suspension’ of fracking across England, Scotland and Wales:

Biogas is a ‘viable, renewable’ alternative to shale gas, says ADBA

News: Onshore wind must ramp up for net zero – Current News
7 November 2019, Molly Lempriere.  The UK needs significantly more onshore wind power if we are going to meet the legally bind net zero by 2050 goal, according to new research by RenewableUK:
Onshore wind must ramp up for net zero

News: Tories pledge £9.2 billion for energy efficiency – The Ecologist
25 November 2019, Emily Beament and Patrick Daly.  The plans are part of efforts to meet the legal target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero overall by 2050 to tackle climate change:

Tories pledge £9.2 billion to improve energy efficiency

News: Energy customers return to Big Six after string of small supplier collapses – Your Money.com
25 November 2019, Joanna Faith.  Peter Earl, head of energy at comparethemarket.com, said: “After years of haemorrhaging customers the Big Six have staged a comeback…”:

Energy customers return to Big Six after string of small supplier collapses

News:  Coal: Is this the beginning of the end? – BBC News Online
25 November 2019, Justin Rowlatt.  The fuel that powered the industrial revolution may be in decline at last.  This year looks set to see the largest fall in electricity production from coal on record, according to a new report:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50520962

 

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