Yearly Archives: "2016"

British Wind Generation Cut Emissions by 36m Tonnes in Six Years but More Needs to Be Done
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Renewable energy generated from wind farms in Britain has prevented the creation of around 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the last six years according to a new study has revealed. The low-carbon energy generated from wind farms equated to removing 2.3 million cars from the roads. The research was published just days after UK wind farms logged a record output, by generating more than 10,000MW of electricity for the first time. The analysis used real output figures...

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Consumer and Third Party Access to Energy Data: A Call for Evidence
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Midata is a method of electronically transferring customers’ data, with their consent, from a company system to a third party or price comparison website using an Application Programming Interface. For an energy consumer, this means that they can compare energy tariffs using the actual usage and account details held by the current supplier. Midata makes comparing tariffs quicker and easier and enables more accurate comparisons. The Government has taken powers bestowed in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 that...

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The Capacity Market Auction – A Sticking Plaster Approach to Energy Security
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The latest Capacity Market Auction has taken place under the Government’s ‘sticking plaster’ approach to maintaining security of supply, but has failed to encourage investment in gas-fired generation. Further, the Capacity Market Auction policy has received extensive criticism for purchasing back-up power at extortionately high prices rather than manage use through demand response and energy efficiency. The UK secured backup electricity capacity for 2020/21 within a £20 to £25 per kilowatt per year range, according to National Grid data but...

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – The Compliance Deadline is Looming
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The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 makes it unlawful to issue a lease to a new or existing tenant unless there is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place with a rating of E or above from 1st April 2018. Beyond this, there is an additional requirement to secure such an EPC for properties with existing leases by 1st April 2023.  With the deadline looming, the pressure on landlords to protect investment yield is very real. Banks and financiers...

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Ofgem and The Government Seek Views on a Smarter, More Flexible Energy System
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BEIS and Ofgem are seeking the views of energy industry players, including new entrants, and consumer groups on questions around how our energy system could be more smart and flexible. The Government and Ofgem are committed to ensuring the energy system works for people and businesses. A smarter and more flexible system will provide significant benefits for users and the economy which will ensure the UK has a secure, affordable and clean energy system now and in the future...

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With Two Budgets Set For 2017 Will The Government Finally Act On Its COP21 Responsibilities?
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, has set out his first (and last) Autumn Statement, unveiling a number of immediate investments intended to create ‘an economy that works for everyone’. The Autumn Statement is an update on the Government's plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility and sets out the Government taxation and spending plans. The Statement had little impact on energy markets however there were some pledges to note....

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New Environmental Reporting Requirements from 2017 – Is Your Business Prepared?
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Most large companies are unaware of the new environmental reporting requirements which will need action to be taken in 2017. The Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) Directive requires European Union (EU) Member States to mandate disclosure of environmental and social policies, risks and outcomes for large Public Interest Entities. Member States must transpose the rules on non-financial reporting into national legislation by 6th December 2016. The UK government has made it clear that until the UK has officially exited the EU, it...

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The Future of Heat in Buildings: Feed into our Response to the Government Consultation
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The Government has announced a consultation on the future of heat in non-domestic buildings as part of its plan to secure, affordable and clean energy solutions. Non-domestic buildings account for 12% of greenhouse gas emissions and it is vital that the carbon and bill savings are maximised if the UK is to reach its carbon reduction commitments in both the short and longer term. Today, most buildings in the UK burn fossil fuels for space and water heating. There is...

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COP 22 – Overshadowed by Trump and Lacking in Decisions – Can the Paris Agreement Survive?
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Representatives from almost 200 countries arrived in Marrakech two weeks ago for the latest annual climate change conference, COP22. This was viewed as an opportunity to showcase progress and commence the important process of turning the COP21 Paris Agreement into a detailed plan of action. The beginning of the talks were overshadowed by the US election with the expectation that Clinton would secure a victory. By Wednesday, Trump had become the president-elect and a huge question mark hung over...

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The UK Government Finally Ratifies the COP21 Paris Agreement
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The UK government has signed a document ratifying the world's first comprehensive agreement on tackling climate change - the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Parliament raised no objections and after the government signed the deal, the ratification was completed. The UK became the 111th country to sign up to the COP21 agreement. It comes in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, who has promised to re-instate the coal industry in the US and withdraw from the Paris deal which...

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