Monthly Archives: "May, 2016"

Government Consultation on Switching – Share Your Views
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The Government has released a consultation seeking views on improving the consumer landscape in the energy, water, communications and transport sectors. In addition, views are being sought on, where consumers have a choice of supplier, what can be done to streamline the process of switching, making it more attractive to do so. Active and assertive consumers are key to creating competitive and dynamic markets. They incentivise businesses to be agile and responsive, to innovate and be more efficient and to...

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Scottish Consultation the Exemption from Renewable Obligation for Energy Intensive Users
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The UK 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. The Scottish Government supports these...

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Landmark Decision: UK Fracking To Commence As Planning Application Is Approved
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In a major boost to the UK fracking industry and after a long and taxing process, shale development company Third Energy has been given the go-ahead by North Yorkshire County Council to hydraulically fracture an existing well near the village of Kirby Misperton. The application, which will allow the firm to fracture the well in multiple places over an eight week test period, was approved with 63% of the council voting for the proposal. This is the first time an...

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Scotland Leads the Way with Developments in Environmental Justice
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The Scottish Government is a strong supporter of environmental justice and has undertaken a significant programme of reform to the justice system aimed at improving environmental regulation. It is also working to tackle environmental crime in the criminal justice system. The court system in Scotland is currently undergoing a period of comprehensive reform to ensure that the system deals with all cases proportionately. The level of the Judicial Officer, Court, and the time and money expended in resolving a...

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Smart Meter Roll-Out – Further Consultation Focusses on Switching
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The Government has made it clear that it is committed to ensuring that every home and business in the country has a smart meter by the end of 2020. The roll-out of smart meters is an important national modernisation programme that will bring major benefits, providing all consumers the opportunity to engage with their energy use and make savings on the basis of better information about their consumption. Smart meters will also bring an end to estimated billing. Robust...

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Energy Bill Receives Royal Assent – Support for Onshore Wind Generation Ends
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Nearly a year after it was first introduced into Parliament, the Energy Bill has been passed into law. The main focus of the bill was the oil and gas sector but it also contained provisions for the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) to onshore wind generation. The Energy Act drives forward the government’s energy goals and commitments which include new powers for the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to better support North Sea industry, providing local communities the...

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DECC Consults on Contracts for Difference Overhaul
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a consultation on the planned overhaul of Contracts for Difference (CfD) system. The scheme was created to provide long-term price stabilisation to incentivise investment in low carbon generation. In March the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that £730 million would be made available for CfD auctions over the course of the current Parliament. £290 million will be available in the first auction, which is due to take place before the end...

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Government Announces Early Capacity Market Auction Increasing Bills for End Users
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Britain is bringing forward a scheme to encourage power companies to supply electricity at peak times by a year in a bid to avert a looming supply crunch and prevent price spikes following the results of a consultation held in March 2016. The country faces the risk of electricity supply shortages over the next few winters as coal plants close due to weak economic conditions and investors say there is little incentive to build new power plants. The Government has...

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ESOS: The Final Deadline for Compliance is Looming
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The final deadline for compliance with Phase 1 of the Energy savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) is fast approaching. The original deadline of 5th December 2015 was extended last year when it became clear that there were insufficient Lead Assessors to complete the audits within the timeframe. For organisations that decided to comply via the audit route, the deadline was extended to 29th January 2016. Those that took the ISO 50001 route were given until 30th June 2016 to have...

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