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EC Evaluates Energy Performance of Buildings Directive – Fit For Purpose?
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The European Commission (EC) is currently evaluating the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive through a consultation with all member states. Currently, about 35% of Europe’s buildings are over 50 years old. Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy usage and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe. When introduced, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aimed to: improve the energy performance of buildings in the EU; require Member States to set energy performance standards for buildings; require Member States to issue buildings with...

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Removal of CCL Exemption for Renewable Electricity – Consultation Feedback
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The Government's consultation on the removal of the exemption from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) for 100% renewable electricity supplied to business customers has now closed. We have collated your views and fed back to the Government focusing on the effect of this decision both in the short and long term. The removal of the exemption form CCL was announced in the Summer Budget and came as a shock to the industry and wider business community. It was evident that the...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill – 19th November 2015
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Energy in the Service Charge - A Dark Art? Experts from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) will provide illumination! Come along to our next morning of breakfast debate on Thursday 19th November 2015 where we will be joined by RICS and the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) to discuss tenant recharging for utilities. Tenant recharging has long been a challenge for commercial landlords and property agents of multi-let buildings. Some buildings...

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Government Consultations: Last Chance to Share Your Views!
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The following three consultations are closing in the next fortnight and this is the last opportunity to provide your views on these. 1. HMRC is undertaking an informal consultation on the Transitional Arrangements for Removing the Climate Change Levy (CCL) Renewables Exemption after which CCL will be added to renewable electricity bills. The Government is trying to determine an appropriate length for this transitional period and how the transitional arrangements will operate in practice. With feedback on consultation due 31st October...

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ESOS – Act Now To Avoid Financial Penalties
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The Environment Agency (EA) has set out its position on enforcement for ESOS in light of the widespread acknowledgement that there are insufficient assessors to ensure compliance for all participants by the deadline. The message is clear – do all you can before the deadline to ensure you have an auditable plan in place and be compliant by 29th January 2016 to avoid penalties. The deadline for compliance is set in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive and ESOS Regulations 2014...

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P272 – Consumers Suffer Due to Lack of Clarity
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The transition of 05-08 Profile Class supplies to settled half hourly (HH) is still being finalised by suppliers and district network operators (DNO) despite this impacting contracts starting on or after 5th November 2015. It is frustrating that, whilst the industry has been aware of this change for many months, those parties involved have not got their house in order to ensure a smooth transition. Elexon has decided that all supplies will be assigned a capacity of 71 kVA until...

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Reform of Business Energy Efficiency Tax – The Way Forward?
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Following the announcement of a review of the business energy efficiency tax landscape at the Summer Budget, HM Treasury and the Department of Energy and Climate Change have launched a joint consultation seeking evidence and setting out policy proposals to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the landscape in supporting the government’s objectives around simplicity, productivity, security of energy supplies and decarbonisation. The consultation considers the interactions between business energy policies and regulations, including the Climate Change Levy (CCL), the...

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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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