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Energy, Climate Change and the Queen’s Speech
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The Government has set out its early priorities for the new Parliament. The priorities for DECC are clear: keeping the lights on and powering the economy; keeping bills low and getting a robust climate deal in Paris this year. In the Queens speech, the plan to deliver this was outlined.  It was observed that the UK is one of the most energy secure countries in the world. The National Grid has the right tools in place to deal with the...

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Current Energy Legislation – Well Intended But Missing The Point
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Saving energy is high on the political agenda. The UK has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to at least 35% below 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80% below by 2050. In order to meet this target the UK will have to make significant changes to the current generation and use of energy. In response to this target, the Government has enacted a number of legislations aimed at achieving its pledge. Unfortunately the legislation does not go far...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event – 17 June 2015
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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event - 17 June 2015, IoD   'Asset Value Warfare: Attack is the best form of defence' Institute of Directors, London SAVE THE DATE:  17 June 2015, 08:00-12:00     Guest speaker: DECC Following the success of our previous double bill event in February, we will be hosting our next morning of breakfast debate in June and would be delighted if you could join us. The agenda will consist of: 08:00  Breakfast 08:30  Seminar: 'Asset Value Warfare – Attack is the best form...

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Smart Meter Roll-out Contractor Given More Time To Deliver Communications
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The Government has allowed the key contractor behind the UK’s smart meter roll-out programme an extra four months to deliver the crucial communication links. The Data Communications Company (DCC) was handed the licence to provide the communication services between smart meters and the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users.  The DCC was expected to deliver the infrastructure by the end of the year. However, Parliament has allowed a request by the company to now...

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CMA Gives the Go-Ahead Appeals Against Electricity Distribution Network Price Controls
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The Competition and Markets Authority has granted permission to Northern Powergrid and British Gas Trading to appeal against Ofgem’s price control decision for electricity distribution companies. The Regulator, Ofgem, sets price controls for the companies that operate the UK’s gas and electricity networks. The appeal is in relation to the setting of transport electricity to homes and companies for domestic and commercial use for the period 2015 to 2023. Gas transmission accounts for around 2% and electricity transmission around 4% of...

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New Laws Give Energy Regulators Power to Prosecute Those That Abuse the Energy Market
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New Legislation, which came into force on 13 April 2015, will see anyone found guilty of rigging the wholesale gas and electricity prices facing up to two years in jail. The new law makes it a criminal offence to use inside information to buy or sell wholesale energy or to fix the price of energy at a false level. It also makes it an offence to make misleading claims or disguise facts about the wholesale prices to influence the market. The...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event – 17 June 2015
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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event - 17 June 2015, IoD   'Asset Value Warfare: Attack is the best form of defence' Institute of Directors, London SAVE THE DATE:  17 June 2015, 08:00-12:00     Guest speaker: DECC Following the success of our previous double bill event in February, we will be hosting our next morning of breakfast debate in June and would be delighted if you could join us. The agenda will consist of: 08:00  Breakfast 08:30  Seminar: 'Asset Value Warfare – Attack is the best form...

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