Monthly Archives: "June, 2017"

Protests at Fracking Sites in Lancashire but No Decision As Yet For Scotland
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The challenge to the contentious decision made by the Secretary of State for Local Authorities and Government to grant Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire County Council to drill and frack eight wells over two sites in Lancaster has been refused. The decision was challenged by Preston New Road Action Group, a local anti-fracking group, and campaigner Gayzer Frackman. They argued that the decision was flawed as it had not appropriately considered the climate change risks associated with the development however...

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DCP228 – Changes to Distribution Charges Increase Need for Energy Monitoring and Targeting
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Changes to electricity distribution charges will bring a greater need for energy monitoring and targeting to protect businesses from price hikes by increasing the focus on energy optimisation at all times moving the focus from the weekday peak period. DCP 228 is an Ofgem approved amendment to electricity distribution charges and will take effect from April 2018. Since 2010, the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) have recovered costs for managing the local networks through a triple-tiered, Red-Amber-Green, time-based structure heavily...

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EU Ministers Agree Compromise on COP21 Energy Saving Targets
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On Monday 26th June 2017, EU ministers met for talks aimed at reaching a compromise on energy saving targets after 2021. This represents the first hurdle toward implementing the Paris Agreement for lower carbon emissions and limiting climate change. The agreement seeks to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century and limit global warming to 1.5%. The European Union has vowed to take over international leadership on climate after United States President, Donald Trump,...

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Small Businesses Welcome New Energy Rules
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The small business sector has welcomed the introduction of new energy measures which came into force on 26th June 2017. The measures protect microbusinesses from practices including locking small firms into automatic rollover contracts and failing to publish details of all tariffs available. Also microbusinesses will only need to provide two relevant pieces of information – a postcode and rate of consumption – to get a personalised quote. The measures follow the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) investigation into the...

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General Election 2017 – Effective Policies to Tackle Climate Change or Just Hot Air?
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It is decision time! The General Election will take place tomorrow, Thursday 8th June 2017. In Theresa May’s speech announcing this, she referred to the “political game-playing” of other parties in Parliament and the House of Lords, which was causing difficulty with the groundwork for Brexit and weakening the UK’s negotiation power with the EU. May also raised concerns that the alternative, a general election in 2020, would mean party political clashes would coincide with the closing stages of...

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