08/07/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 08/07/21.

Open consultation: Strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

6 July 2021.  Views on proposed changes to improve and strengthen the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS):

Link: Strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

News: BEIS launches consultation into non-domestic smart meters to enable innovation – Current News

6 July 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a new consultation into the rollout of non-domestic smart meters in a bid to drive market innovation:

Link: BEIS launches consultation into non-domestic smart meters to enable innovation

News: UK’s climate targets will cost less than battling Covid, says OBR – Guardian Online

6 July 2021, Jillian Ambrose & Graeme Wearden.  But watchdog warns government that costs will double if it delays action to cut emissions:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/06/uks-climate-targets-will-cost-less-than-battling-covid-says-obr

Open consultation: Maximising non-domestic smart meter consumer benefits, improving the data offer and enabling innovation – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

5 July 2021.  Views sought on proposals to help non-domestic smart meter customers save energy and manage costs through use of the data from their smart meters:

Link: Maximising non-domestic smart meter consumer benefits, improving the data offer and enabling innovation

News: NPg and UKPN release flexibility focused RIIO-ED2 plans – Current News

2 July 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Following on from similar releases yesterday, both Northern Powergrid (NPg) and UK Power Networks (UKPN) have released their RIIO-ED2 plans. They have identified billions of pounds of investment they will make in their networks over the next price period, which is set to run from 2023-28:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/npg-and-ukpn-release-flexibility-focused-riio-ed2-plans

Consultation:  Consultation on Ofgem’s administration of the Green Gas Support Scheme and associated Green Gas Levy – Ofgem

5 July 2021.  In March 2021, the Government Response to the Future Support for Low Carbon Heat and the Green Gas Levy consultations named Ofgem as the intended administrator of the Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS) and associated Green Gas Levy (GGL):

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/consultation-ofgems-administration-green-gas-support-scheme-and-associated-green-gas-levy

News: Carbon prices must treble by 2030, $6.6trn investor coalition urges – Edie.net

6 July 2021.  The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, whose members manage $6.6trn of assets, is warning that the world won’t decarbonise rapidly enough to deliver the Paris Agreement without a “radical overhaul” of carbon pricing:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/Carbon-prices-must-treble-by-2030

News: Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos backs ‘clean’ hydrogen fund planning UK float – Guardian Online

5 July 2021, Jillian Ambrose.  Chemicals company to invest at least £25m in HydrogenOne Capital Growth as it targets green economy:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/05/jim-ratcliffe-ineos-clean-hydrogen-fund-uk-float-hydrogenone-capital-growth

Corporate report: Committee on Fuel Poverty interim report July 2021 – Committee on Fuel Poverty

2 July 2021.  The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) interim report assesses progress towards the 2025 fuel poverty milestone and 2030 target:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-fuel-poverty-interim-report-july-2021

House of Commons Question: Enabling Community Energy – Parallel Parliament

1 July 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall Debate: Enabling Community Energy:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-07-01/debates/35A86AB9-9349-43D3-93C2-B1FAB77C28C1/EnablingCommunityEnergy

News:  Pumped hydro plant operator applies for 600MW expansion project in Scotland – Energy Storage

1 July 2021, Molly Lempriere.  UK power generation company Drax has announced plans for a new underground pumped hydro storage power station, and will seek planning permission to expand its Cruachan site in Scotland to 1.04GW:

Link: Pumped hydro plant operator applies for 600MW expansion project in Scotland

Research Briefing: Fuel Poverty – House of Commons

8 July 2021.  This Library briefing note summarises the levels of fuel poverty across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comment on the issue:

Link: Fuel Poverty

Press release: End to coal power brought forward to October 2024 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

30 June 2021.  The deadline to phase out coal from Great Britain’s energy system has been brought forward by a whole year, highlighting the UK’s leadership to go further in driving down emissions and tackling climate change:

Link: End to coal power brought forward to October 2024

Research Briefing: Enabling community energy – House of Commons

29 June 2021.  A debate has been scheduled in Westminster Hall on Thursday 1 July 2021 at 1.30pm on enabling community energy. The subject for this debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee and the Members introducing the debate are Wera Hobhouse MP, Ben Lake MP and Peter Aldous MP:

Link: Enabling community energy

Open consultation: Warm Home Discount: better targeted support from 2022 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

28 June 2021.  Views sought on proposals to extend, expand, and reform the Warm Home Discount scheme to 2026:

Link: Warm Home Discount: better targeted support from 2022

News: UK’s largest domestic flexibility study CrowdFlex announced – Current News

28 June 2021, Molly Lempriere.  A consortium of energy companies, including National Grid ESO, SSEN, Octopus Energy and Ohme have announced the ‘largest domestic flexibility study’ ever held in the UK, dubbed CrowdFlex:

Link: UK’s largest domestic flexibility study CrowdFlex announced

News: Climate change: Large-scale CO2 removal facility set for Scotland – BBC News Online

24 June 2021, Matt McGrath.  A large facility capable of extracting significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air is being planned for north east Scotland:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57588248

Report: Progress in reducing emissions and Progress in adapting to climate change – Climate Change Committee

24 June 2021.  This double report – Progress in reducing emissions and Progress in adapting to climate change provides a comprehensive overview of the UK Government’s progress to date on reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. Together, the assessment offers more than 200 policy recommendations covering every part of Government:

Link: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/2021-progress-report-to-parliament/

Inquiry: Net Zero Governance – Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee

June 2021. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an inquiry on net zero governance:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1343/net-zero-governance/

News: Ministers ‘should urge public to eat less meat’ – BBC News Online

24 June 2021, Roger Harrabin.  The UK public should be urged by the government to protect the climate by eating less meat and dairy produce, advisers say. Cattle are a major source of planet-heating gases, but ministers fear a backlash if they ask people to cut down on steak:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57580254

News: UK policies will not deliver emission cuts pledge, says climate adviser – Guardian Online

24 June 2021, Fiona Harvey.  Climate Change Committee says government needs to ‘step up very rapidly’ to meet ‘historic’ targets:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/24/uk-policies-will-not-deliver-emission-cuts-pledge-says-climate-adviser