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New Smart Meter Bill: Consumers Lose Out Yet Again!
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The Smart Meter Bill, contained within the Queen’s speech, purports to reinforce the requirement on suppliers to install a smart meter to all household and business energy meters by 2020. The new bill however introduces two changes: It extends the government’s powers to make changes to smart meter regulations by five years to ensure that the rollout is delivered effectively; and introduces a Special Administration Regime to ensure the continuing operation of the national smart meter service if a...

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Act Now – ESOS Phase 2 Compliance is a Win-Win Opportunity
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The second phase of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which requires all large businesses to produce reports on energy use and efficiency every four years, is now underway. There had been some speculation that ESOS would be discontinued after the UK general election, having been placed under consideration by the previous Government’s 2015 energy efficiency tax landscape review. Brexit had also led businesses to question ESOS, as the scheme was brought in as part of the...

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Article 50 and Beyond: The Impact of Brexit on the Environment
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Since Article 50 was triggered and the UK's departure from the European Union (EU) officially commenced there has been significant political drama that has overshadowed the process. The Government has had little to say on green policies and the General Election did little to improve on that. There has been little publicity on the effect that Brexit will have Britain's green business community. The Prime Minister, Teresa May promised to get the right deal for every single person in this...

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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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Scottish Government Consultation – Will Fracking Be Given the Green Light?
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The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate. The Scottish Government has taken a cautious, evidence led approach while we gather and consider evidence. In January 2015, the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, which prevents hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place...

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Government Proposes Reduced Support for Biomass Combined Heat and Power
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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) supports the deployment of renewable and low-carbon heating technologies. The scheme helps to bridge the gap between the cost of renewable heating systems and the conventional alternatives. The Non-Domestic RHI opened in November 2011. It supports the installation of renewable heating by businesses, charities and in the public sector, and systems supplying heat to more than one domestic property. The Domestic RHI, which provides support to individual households, opened in April 2014. In November 2015,...

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