08/01/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 08/01/20
News: ‘Historic moment’ as zero carbon sources produce more power than fossil fuels in 2019 – Current News
2 January 2020, Molly Lempriere.  National Grid has announced that for the first time, zero carbon power generation outstripped fossil fuels in Britain in 2019:
‘Historic moment’ as zero carbon sources produce more power than fossil fuels in 2019

Press release: Measures to make Britain’s power network more resilient planned, after August power outage – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP
3 January 2020.  Government-backed report into the blackouts in August that affected over 1 million customers in Great Britain, published:

Measures to make Britain’s power network more resilient planned, after August power outage

 
News: Energy bills have gone up by 40 per cent over the past five years for the average family – Yahoo News
29 December 2019, George Martin. The average family is paying 40 per cent more for their gas and electricity bills than they were five years ago, research has shown:

Energy bills have gone up by 40 per cent over the past five years for the average family

 
News: Russia can finish Nord Stream 2 within couple of months -Ifax cites Novak – Yahoo News
26 December 2019.  Russia can finish the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany within a couple of months, Interfax cited Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying:

Russia can finish Nord Stream 2 within couple of months -Ifax cites Novak

 
News: Energy bills for millions of households to fall after gas prices halve – Guardian Online
26 December 2019, Jillian Ambrose.  Millions of homes can look forward to lower energy bills in 2020 after the market price for gas fell by half in the last year to reach lows not seen in a decade:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/dec/26/energy-bills-for-millions-of-households-to-fall-after-gas-prices-halve

Programme: Forward Work Programme 2020-22 consultation – Ofgem
20 December 2019.  Seeking feedback on Ofgem’s draft Forward Work Programme, for the extended period of 2020-22:

Forward Work Programme 2020-22 consultation

 
News:  E.on and Npower quit industry body Energy UK over membership cost – City AM
18 December 2019, Edward Thicknesse.  Big six energy suppliers E.on and Npower have quit their membership of trade association Energy UK, it was confirmed.  The companies said that the decision was taken because they could no longer afford the membership fees:

E.on and Npower quit industry body Energy UK over membership cost

 
News: National Grid ESO presents net zero focused RIIO-2 business plan – Current News
16 December 2019, Molly Lempriere.  National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has submitted its Business Plan for the RIIO-2 period to Ofgem, outlining its plans to operate a carbon free, balanced system while lowering consumer bills:

National Grid ESO presents net zero focused RIIO-2 business plan

News: ‘Tough but fair’: Ofgem unveils finalised RIIO-ED2 framework – Current News
17 December 2019, Alice Grundy.  Ofgem has finalised the RIIO-ED2 framework, striking a “tough but fair” settlement with distribution network operators (DNOs). The RIIO-ED2 price control starts in 2023, setting the revenue monopoly network owners can earn from chargers on consumer energy bills:

‘Tough but fair’: Ofgem unveils finalised RIIO-ED2 framework

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