Monthly Archives: "August, 2015"

Consultation on the Evaluation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
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The Energy Union, launched in February 2015 as one of the EU’s ten priority areas for action, has five mutually reinforcing and closely interrelated areas of focus, one of which looks at whether energy efficiency is contributing to a moderation of demand. The Energy Union strategy identifies improvements to energy efficiency in the building sector as a change that could make a critical contribution to the Commission’s energy and climate strategy. Action will be needed from Member States in order...

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Consultation on Changes to Financial Support for Solar PV
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Solar PV is an important part of the UK’s energy portfolio. The sector has seen very strong growth in recent years, due to support from the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme and the Renewables Obligation (RO), as well as from costs coming down rapidly as a result of global developments. The Government has confirmed it commitment to meeting objectives on cutting carbon emissions and to continue to make progress towards the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets. The Government’s plans for meeting...

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Informal Consultation on the Removal of the CCL Renewables Exemption
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In the Government’s Summer Budget of 2015 it was announced that the Climate change Levy (CCL) exemption for supplies of renewable source electricity made to businesses and the public sector will be withdrawn from 1st August 2015. The Government agreed to consult with industry stakeholders to determine an appropriate length for the transitional period for the change and how the transitional arrangements will operate in practice. The exemption applied to supplies of renewable source electricity made by electricity utilities to...

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Consultation on Changes to the Feed-in Tariff – Removal of Pre-Accreditation
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Tariff degression was introduced as a cost control measure as part of the comprehensive review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme in 2011/12. The degression mechanism means that tariffs available to new generators across all FIT technologies reduce automatically over time without the need for a formal tariff review. To offer greater certainty to industry, preliminary accreditation (pre-accreditation) was introduced to help with the uptake of the scheme among groups lacking experience of deploying low carbon technologies. Pre-accreditation is...

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P272 – Mandatory Half Hourly Settlement for Profile Classes 05-08
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A new scheme made under Ofgem’s Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) – known as Proposal 272 (P272) – will require larger non-domestic sites, with a meter profile class 05 to 08, to be settled on the Half-Hourly (HH) data their Automated Meter Reading (AMR) meters are recording. Where an AMR meter is installed on profile class 05 to 08, this will need to be set up to provide HH readings to suppliers. This will simply improve the accuracy of...

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Solar Subsidies to End as Government Seeks to Control Costs
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Financial support for many new solar farms will end under the Government's new plans. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects. The announcements were made by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, as part of new measures to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies through...

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Amber Rudd Lays Out DECC’s Priorities for 2015 and Beyond
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UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change. Rudd was questioned by the Energy and Climate Change Committee in Parliament as part of the Committee’s inquiry into DECC's priorities for 2015. The Secretary of State and her Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove discussed plans to meet long-term renewables and decarbonisation targets and the level of ambition that will be taken to the UN climate change conference...

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Lack of Policy Consistency Hinders Creation of Low Carbon Economy
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George Osbourne recently announced the Government’s decision to cancel renewable electricity sources exemption from the Climate Change Levy – a move that is estimated to cost green energy producers around £450m in the current financial year, according to trade association RenewableUK. In June the government also announced its intention to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 01 April 2016. Yet onshore...

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