Monthly Archives: "April, 2016"

Heat Network Regulations: Lessons To Be Learned
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By Joanne Merry, Technical Director at Carbon2018 Limited The Heat Network Regulations came into force on 18th December 2014 under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive; affecting all businesses within the UK that supply and charge for heating, cooling or hot water to a final customer, through a communal system (multiple tenants in one building sharing a system) or a district network (multiple building sharing a system). 

The first phase of this legislation required the submission of a notification to the...

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – Less than 2 Years to Compliance Deadline
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The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 requires landlords to secure an EPC certificate with an E rating or higher in order to issue a new lease for a property from 1st April 2018. Beyond this, there is an additional requirement to secure such an EPC for properties with existing leases by April 2023.  With less than two years to go, the pressure on landlords is very real.by April 2018.  In recent months, banks and financiers have begun to refuse loans for...

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ESOS – Realising the Benefit of Compliance
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Over 6,000 organisations have now completed the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) process and a small number of businesses are on track to meet the regulations by completing the ISO 50001 energy management certification by the later deadline of 30th June 2016. There are however still a significant number of companies caught by the regulations that have not complied and that face potential fines of tens of thousands of pounds alongside reputational harm. For those businesses that now have...

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Preparing Your Business for Water Deregulation in 2017
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In less than one year, the water retail industry will be deregulated for non-domestic customers across England and Wales providing businesses the opportunity to consolidate invoicing and seek out cost savings. Bringing the current regional monopolies to an end is expected to create price competition with suppliers competing for new customers. It is also expected that many water retailers will deliver new offerings, adding water-efficiency equipment and services into their business models. As a result of deregulation, suppliers will have...

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Proposed Exemption for Energy Intensive Industries from the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff
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The Government has declared that it is committed to moving to a low-carbon economy and meeting its carbon reduction and renewable energy targets however, the indirect cost of supporting renewable electricity deployment measures, such as the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff, risks certain energy intensive industries being placed at a significant competitive disadvantage where they operate in international markets. These industries are often large employers and form a vital part of the UK economy. Current support includes a compensation...

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Reform and Refocus For the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme – Share Your Views
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In November 2015, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) set out its priorities during this Parliament. DECC acknowledged that the challenge it faces is how to make sure that energy remains as the backbone of the economy during the transformation to a low carbon system and ensure that ways are found to achieve an energy system that is secure affordable and clean. Heating constitutes a major part of the challenge accounting for almost half of UK energy...

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Electricity System Flexibility – Ofgem Launches Demand Side Response Survey
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Ofgem has announced that it is conducting a survey to investigate matters relating to demand side response (DSR) in order that it can gain a greater understanding of barriers that may exist to industrial and commercial (I&C) users’ ability to provide DSR. As the UK decarbonises, energy intensive users are being asked to consider how they can offer flexibility of electricity use at times when the system is under pressure to meet the national demand. The aim is to address...

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Brexit – The Implications for UK Energy Industry
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‘In or Out?’ is the question currently being asked across the country. One thing that is clear – Environmental policy issues will not be a high priority on the list of deciding factors in the build-up to the UK European Union (EU) referendum. That said, there will be a profound effect on green policy if the country was to vote for Brexit. Experts from the energy and sustainability industry have given their support for remaining in the European Union...

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