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Consultation on Changes to the Feed-in Tariff – Removal of Pre-Accreditation
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Tariff degression was introduced as a cost control measure as part of the comprehensive review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme in 2011/12. The degression mechanism means that tariffs available to new generators across all FIT technologies reduce automatically over time without the need for a formal tariff review. To offer greater certainty to industry, preliminary accreditation (pre-accreditation) was introduced to help with the uptake of the scheme among groups lacking experience of deploying low carbon technologies. Pre-accreditation is...

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P272 – Mandatory Half Hourly Settlement for Profile Classes 05-08
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A new scheme made under Ofgem’s Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) – known as Proposal 272 (P272) – will require larger non-domestic sites, with a meter profile class 05 to 08, to be settled on the Half-Hourly (HH) data their Automated Meter Reading (AMR) meters are recording. Where an AMR meter is installed on profile class 05 to 08, this will need to be set up to provide HH readings to suppliers. This will simply improve the accuracy of...

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Solar Subsidies to End as Government Seeks to Control Costs
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Financial support for many new solar farms will end under the Government's new plans. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects. The announcements were made by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, as part of new measures to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies through...

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Amber Rudd Lays Out DECC’s Priorities for 2015 and Beyond
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UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change. Rudd was questioned by the Energy and Climate Change Committee in Parliament as part of the Committee’s inquiry into DECC's priorities for 2015. The Secretary of State and her Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove discussed plans to meet long-term renewables and decarbonisation targets and the level of ambition that will be taken to the UN climate change conference...

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Lack of Policy Consistency Hinders Creation of Low Carbon Economy
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George Osbourne recently announced the Government’s decision to cancel renewable electricity sources exemption from the Climate Change Levy – a move that is estimated to cost green energy producers around £450m in the current financial year, according to trade association RenewableUK. In June the government also announced its intention to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 01 April 2016. Yet onshore...

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Government Consultation on Business Energy Tax Landscape – Tell us your Views
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In this week’s budget, the Government announced its intention to review the business energy tax landscape to consider approaches to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the regime. The review will include the Climate Change Levy, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Agreements. The Government has stated that it will launch a formal public consultation in the autumn which will be led by the Treasury. We are aware that clarification from businesses is currently being sought in relation to...

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Dis-aggregation of Gas Supplies – July 2015
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Older gas installations have historically benefited from lower charges through shared charges by being ‘aggregated’ to other supplies on site giving them one Meter Point Reference Number and combined transportation and metering costs. Since April 2014 suppliers have not been allowed to aggregate meters together into one supply point and from July 2015, all existing aggregated meters must be de-aggregated by the supplier. This will result in the supplies being assigned individual transportation and metering cost and will mean...

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Government Scraps CCL Exemption for Renewable Energy
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With effect from midnight on 31 July 2015, electricity generated from renewable sources will no longer be eligible for the CCL exemption for RSE when supplied under a renewable source contract. The only exemption will be for electricity that is generated before 1 August 2015 for which the suppliers hold Levy Exemption Certificates for. The suppliers will be able to continue to allocate this to renewable source contracts for a transitional period commencing on 1 August 2015. Such supplies...

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Scotland’s EPC Regulations Will Be More Stringent than in England and Wales
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Scotland's commercial property market is about to be hit with stringent requirements as compulsion looms on energy efficiency. Sometimes the effects of property legislation only becomes apparent many years down the line – this is certainly the case for the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Whilst legislation has already been enacted in England, Scotland is somewhat lagging behind as the deadline for compliance gets closer. The Scottish Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations are soon to reach consultation stage...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill – Save the Date
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Institute of Directors, London SAVE THE DATE:  22 September 2015, 08:00-12:00     Following on from the success of our last double bill event in June, we will be hosting our next morning of breakfast debate in September and would be delighted if you could join us. The agenda will consist of: 08:00  Breakfast 08:30  Seminar 10:00  Energy Legislation Forum (ELF): Sharing knowledge, experience and best practice 12:00  Close Our last seminar saw the Department of Energy and Climate Change discuss the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for privately-let commercial and...

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