07/01/22 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 07/01/22.

News: Vattenfall launches high-temperature heat pumps that can directly replace gas boilers – Current News

5 January 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Vattenfall and its technology provider subsidiary Feenstra are launching a new high-temperature heat pump:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/vattenfall-launches-high-temperature-heat-pumps-that-can-directly-replace-gas-boilers

Research briefing: The energy price crunch – House of Commons Library

5 January 2021. The price of energy has dramatically increased in recent months; both in the UK and globally. The prices are causing widespread concern and knock-on impacts for both domestic and commercial energy consumers. This paper sets out the causes of the price rise, impacts in the UK, and possible implications for UK energy policy:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9340/

News: EU plans to label gas and nuclear energy ‘green’ prompt row – BBC News Online

4 January 2021. The European Commission has proposed plans to label some gas and nuclear power as green, prompting criticism from Germany:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59850093

News: MPs and peers urge Boris Johnson to scrap taxes on energy bills to reduce cost of living crisis – City AM

2 January 2021, Nicholas Earl.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson should scrap VAT and environmental charges on energy bills to address Britain’s cost of living crisis, argues 20 Tory MPs and peers in a letter sent to The Telegraph:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/mps-and-peers-urge-boris-johnson-to-scrap-taxes-on-energy-bills-to-reduce-cost-of-living-crisis/

Blog: Net zero did not even make it to Christmas – John Redwood’s Diary

3 January 2021.  The road to net zero is meant to be a thirty year commitment. The three leaders or main players in favour of the whole speeded up plan were the EU, the USA and the UK at COP 26. The USA and the EU have already pulled back substantially from what they said and promised at the summit

Link: https://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2022/01/03/net-zero-did-not-even-make-it-to-christmas/

News: Gas prices: MPs and peers urge PM to act on energy bills – BBC News Online

3 January 2021, Rob Corp.  Twenty Conservative MPs and peers have called on the prime minister to tackle the spiralling cost of living:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59849731

Platform: The Energy Price Cap has made the current crisis worse – Conservative Home

30 December 2021, Ed Birkett. Every day this month the papers have carried dire warnings about coming increases in household energy bills:

Link: https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2021/12/ed-birkett-the-energy-price-cap-has-made-the-current-crisis-worse.html

Press release: UK government announces major expansion of heat networks in latest step to power homes with green energy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ofgem, and Lord Callanan

29 December 2021. Announcement to regulate and expand the UK’s heat networks will protect consumers and create opportunities for green jobs and investment across the country:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-announces-major-expansion-of-heat-networks-in-latest-step-to-power-homes-with-green-energy

Open consultation: Recovering the costs of heat networks regulation – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

29 December 2021.  Views sought on the government’s proposed approach to recovering the costs of heat networks regulation:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/recovering-the-costs-of-heat-networks-regulation

Press release: Response to Government appointment of Ofgem as GB heat networks regulator – Ofgem

29 December 2021.  The Government has announced it has appointed Ofgem as the heat networks regulator for Great Britain:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/response-government-appointment-ofgem-gb-heat-networks-regulator

News: Energy crisis: Govt and energy firms agree runaway gas and electricity bills should be avoided in 2022 but they fail to say how – City AM

28 December 2021, Michiel Willems.  The government and UK’s largest energy companies agreed late last night that “UK customers have to be protected” from soaring gas and electricity prices in 2022, although it was not clear how they plan to do that:

Guidance: List of special feature articles by subject published in Energy Trends – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

23 December 2021.  List of special feature articles by subject published in Energy Trends since 2017:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-special-feature-articles-by-subject-published-in-energy-trends

News: Energy crisis: Kwasi Kwarteng’s talks with industry bosses bring no result – Guardian Online

27 December 2021, Jillian Ambrose. Meeting follows calls for urgent intervention from CEOs to shield consumers from ‘enormous crisis’ in 2022:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/27/energy-bosses-to-meet-kwasi-kwarteng-in-attempt-to-avert-enormous-crisis

News: Energy bills to soar 50% unless government intervenes, industry warns – BBC News Online

23 December 2021.  Energy bills will soar another 50% next year unless the government intervenes, the industry has warned. Supplier EDF said the situation was “critical” as customers, already seeing record bills, are hit with more rises due to surging wholesale gas prices:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59760331

News: Price cap could jump 46% as consumers take on cost of supplier exits – Current News

21 December 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The price cap could jump 46% for summer 2022, hitting approximately £1,865 as wholesale power prices remain high:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/price-cap-could-jump-46-as-consumers-take-on-cost-of-supplier-exits

News: Smart meter rollout hits 17 million milestone as installation rates slow – Current News

21 December 2021, Alice Grundy.  A new milestone has been reached in the smart meter rollout, with 17 million installations since the programme began:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/smart-meter-rollout-hits-17-million-milestone-as-installation-rates-slow

Written statement to Parliament: Wholesale energy prices and future energy retail market policy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

15 December 2021.  Written ministerial statement by Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng (HCWS497):

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/wholesale-energy-prices-and-future-energy-retail-market-policy

Open consultation: Future of the energy retail market: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

21 December 2021.  Views sought on how future government policy can best achieve the vision set out in the ‘Energy retail market strategy for the 2020s’, and how the lessons from recent market developments should inform this:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-the-energy-retail-market-call-for-evidence

Research briefing: Electric vehicles and infrastructure – House of Commons Library

20 December 2021.  This briefing paper provides an overview of the transition to zero emission vehicles, including the policies and investments the Government is using to support this transition and some of the key challenges ahead:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7480/

Press release: UK government seeks views on new oil and gas climate checkpoint – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Oil and Gas Authority, Lord Offord of Garvel, and The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

20 December 2021.  The UK government launches a consultation on the design of a new climate compatibility checkpoint for the oil and gas industry:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-seeks-views-on-new-oil-and-gas-climate-checkpoint

Press release: £26 million government funding to boost biomass in UK – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

20 December 2021.  Innovative biomass projects across the UK can bid for a share of £26 million to increase UK production of sustainable biomass:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/26-million-government-funding-to-boost-biomass-in-uk

Open consultation: Climate Change Agreements (CCAs): proposals for a future scheme – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17 December 2021.  Views sought on potential reforms proposed for a future CCA scheme to follow from the end of the current scheme:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/climate-change-agreements-ccas-proposals-for-a-future-scheme

News: Government to review Energy Retail Market Strategy following supplier collapses – Current News

16 December 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The government is to review the Energy Retail Market Strategy in light of the slew of supplier collapses in 2021:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/government-to-review-energy-retail-market-strategy-following-supplier-collapses

News: Building regulation changes to see 30% reduction in carbon emissions of new build homes – Current News

16 December 2021, Alice Grundy.  Heat pumps and solar thermal are among technologies suggested by the government to help meet new carbon reduction goals:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/building-regulation-changes-to-see-30-reduction-in-carbon-emissions-of-new-build-homes

News: Ofgem unveils stress test for suppliers after cascade of collapses – Current News

15 December 2021, Molly Lempriere.  From January, energy suppliers will need to undergo financial stress testing to prove their resilience in light of the cascade of supplier collapses in recent months:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ofgem-unveil-stress-test-for-suppliers-after-cascade-of-collapses

News: Europe’s largest battery storage system planned for Teesside – Edie.net

14 December 2021.  Sembcorp Energy UK has today (14 December) unveiled plans to create a 360MW battery storage facility on Teesside, which would be largest system of its kind in Europe:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/8/Europe-s-largest-battery-storage-system-planned-for-Teesside/

Corporate report: Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market scheme update 2021 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

14 December 2021.  Annual update to Parliament on the progress made by government on the policy mechanisms implemented under the Electricity Market Reform programme:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/contracts-for-difference-and-capacity-market-scheme-update-2021

Consultation outcome: UK Emissions Trading Scheme: proposed amendments – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

14 December 2021.  Proposed amendments to support effective operation of the UK Emission Trading Scheme (UK ETS) by addressing a number of residual technical issues identified during the development and legislation of the scheme:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-emissions-trading-scheme-proposed-amendments

Policy paper: Contracts for Difference – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

13 December 2021.  A Contract for Difference (CfD) is a private law contract between a low carbon electricity generator and the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC), a government-owned company:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/contracts-for-difference

News: Fourth Contracts for Difference auction opens with £285m of funding on offer – Current News

13 December 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction has opened, with a target of 12GW of electricity capacity set to gain £285 million of funding:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/fourth-contracts-for-difference-auction-opens-with-285m-of-funding-on-offer

News: Ofgem invites UK interconnector bids – ReNews

13 December 2021.  UK energy regulator Ofgem is inviting bids to bring forward billions of pounds of investment in new electricity interconnectors to help boost energy security, hit the country’s climate goals, and save money for energy consumers:

https://renews.biz/74288/ofgem-invites-uk-interconnector-bids/

Press release: Ofgem gives green light to investment in new interconnectors – Ofgem

13 December 2021.  Ofgem is inviting bids to bring forward billions of pounds of investment in new electricity interconnectors to help boost energy security, hit the country’s climate goals, and save money for energy consumers:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/ofgem-gives-green-light-investment-new-interconnectors

Press release: Biggest ever renewable energy support scheme opens – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

13 December 2021.  The fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme which aims to secure 12GW of electricity capacity opens with £285 million a year funding for low-carbon technology:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/biggest-ever-renewable-energy-support-scheme-opens

News: Cambo oil field project ‘put on pause’ after Shell pulls out – Edie.net

10 December 2021.  Energy firm Siccar Point has said it will put plans for the controversial Cambo oil field development, which has faced mounting calls from green groups and ministers to be scrapped, “on pause”:

https://www.edie.net/news/6/Shell-pulls-out-of-Cambo-oil-field-project/

Publication: Terms of reference for the review into the networks’ response to Storm Arwen – Ofgem

9 December 2021.  Terms of reference for Ofgem’s review into the electricity networks’ response to Storm Arwen:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/terms-reference-review-networks-response-storm-arwen

News: Citizens Advice accuses Ofgem of failing to act against unfit energy suppliers ahead of gas price crisis – City AM

9 December 2021, Nicholas Earl.  Citizens Advice slammed Ofgem yesterday for failing to act against “unfit energy suppliers for nearly a decade”. It accused the energy market regulator of leaving the industry vulnerable to this year’s spike in wholesale prices:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/citizens-advice-accuses-ofgem-of-failing-to-act-against-unfit-energy-suppliers-ahead-of-gas-price-crisis/

News: Ofgem blamed for errors that led to energy firms collapsing – Guardian Online

9 December 2021, Jillian Ambrose.  Citizens Advice says regulator failed to act over rule-breaking suppliers, leaving households facing steep bills:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/09/ofgem-blamed-for-errors-that-led-to-energy-firms-collapsing

Call for Evidence: Inquiry on Energy pricing and the future of the Energy Market – Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

December 2021.  The Committee’s inquiry on the retail energy market follows unprecedented surges in wholesale energy prices since the summer and with a number of firms going out of business, including Bulb, Britain’s seventh-biggest supplier with 1.6 million households as customers. Closing date for submissions is 31 January 2022:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1698/energy-pricing-and-the-future-of-the-energy-market/

Policy paper: Radioactive wastes from fusion energy: preliminary position paper – Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

6 December 2021.  CoRWM’s preliminary position on the implications for decommissioning, radioactive waste management, and radioactive waste disposal associated with fusion energy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radioactive-wastes-from-fusion-energy-preliminary-position-paper

News: COP26 must launch a reinvigorated UK effort on climate change, says CCC – Envirotec Magazine

December 2021.  A new independent assessment of COP26 and the critical next steps for the UK was published on 2 December by the Climate Change Committee (CCC):

Link: https://envirotecmagazine.com/2021/12/02/cop26-must-launch-a-reinvigorated-uk-effort-on-climate-change-says-ccc/

House of Lords Debate: Net-zero Emissions – Parallel Parliament

7 December 2021.  Text of short debate in the Lords on Net-zero Emissions:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/2021-12-07/lords/lords-chamber/net-zero-emissions

News: Carbon should be tracked in real time to tackle greenwashing, argues report – Current News

7 December 2021, Molly Lempriere.  ​To tackle greenwashing energy tariffs and accelerate the decarbonisation of the power system, carbon should be tracked through the electricity system in real time:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/carbon-should-be-tracked-in-real-time-to-tackle-greenwashing-argues-report