08/10/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 08/10/21.

1. Speech: Jonathan Brearley speech at Energy UK Annual Conference 2021 – Ofgem

7 October 2021.  Speech delivered by Ofgem chief executive, Jonathan Brearley, at the Energy UK’s annual conference held 7 October 2021:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/cy/publications/jonathan-brearley-speech-energy-uk-annual-conference-2021

2. Response: Ofgem’s response to BEIS Consultation on the Design of the Energy Company Obligation: 2022-2026 – Ofgem

5 October 2021.  Ofgem’s response to the BEIS consultation on Design of the Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022-2026:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/ofgems-response-beis-consultation-design-energy-company-obligation-2022-2026

3. Policy paper: Warm Home Discount: better targeted support from 2022: CFP response to the BEIS consultation – Committee on Fuel Poverty

4 October 2021.  Response from the Committee on Fuel Poverty to proposals to reform the Warm Home Discount scheme:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/warm-home-discount-better-targeted-support-from-2022-cfp-response-to-the-beis-consultation

4. News: UK Government eyeing 100% clean energy grid by 2035, Boris Johnson confirms – Edie.net

4 October 2021.  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that the Government intends to develop plans for shifting all electricity generation to clean sources by 2035:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/UK-Government-eyeing-100–clean-energy-grid-by-2035–Boris-Johnson-confirms–/

5. Publication: Six-month call for evidence 2021-23 – Ofgem

4 October 2021.  Ofgem is publishing this call for evidence to request stakeholders’ feedback on the ESO’s performance across all of its roles from April 2021 to date:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/six-month-call-evidence-2021-23

 6. Consultation: Consultation on Ofgem’s proposed new NIS Enforcement Guidelines and Penalty Policy – Ofgem

4 October 2021.  Ofgem is publishing this call for evidence to request stakeholders’ feedback on the ESO’s performance across all of its roles from April 2021 to date:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/consultation-ofgems-proposed-new-nis-enforcement-guidelines-and-penalty-policy

7. News: Gordon Brown warns 3.5m households face fuel poverty this winter – Guardian Online

3 October 2021, Larry Elliott.  Former prime minister says 2021 ‘worst time to be poor’ as he calls for support for struggling households:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/03/gordon-brown-warns-35m-households-face-fuel-poverty-this-winter

8. News: Full power ahead for UK to Norway under-sea power cable – BBC News Online

4 October 2021.  The world’s longest under-sea electricity cable, transferring green power between Norway and the UK, has begun operation:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-58772572

9. Policy paper: Towards fusion energy: the UK fusion strategy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

1 October 2021.  The UK government’s fusion strategy to lead the global commercialisation of fusion energy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/towards-fusion-energy-the-uk-fusion-strategy

10. Open consultation: Towards fusion energy: proposals for a regulatory framework – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

1 October 2021.  Views sought on the regulatory framework for fusion energy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/towards-fusion-energy-proposals-for-a-regulatory-framework

 11. Open consultation: Capacity Market: new technologies 2021 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

1 October 2021.  Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is seeking to identify emerging generating technologies that may be eligible to participate in capacity market auctions:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/capacity-market-new-technologies-2021

12. Press release: UK set to be first country to legislate for safe and efficient rollout of fusion energy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and George Freeman MP

1 October 2021.  New green paper establishes government’s view on how to put in place the regulatory framework needed:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-set-to-be-first-country-to-legislate-for-safe-and-efficient-rollout-of-fusion-energy

13. National Statistics: Energy consumption in the UK 2021 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 September 2021.  Information for overall energy consumption in the UK with details of the transport, domestic, industry and services sectors:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-consumption-in-the-uk-2021

14. News: Ofgem prepares for looming failure of a leading energy supplier – Guardian Online

30 September 2021, Rob Davies. Energy regulator understood to have put City firm Teneo on standby to act as ‘special administrator’:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/30/ofgem-prepares-for-looming-failure-of-a-leading-energy-supplier

15. News: Ministers consider shifting green levies from electricity to gas – Current News

30 September 2021, Molly Lempriere.  ​Ministers are set to propose switching green levies from electricity to gas, in an effort to encourage the uptake of heat pumps:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ministers-consider-shifting-green-levies-from-electricity-to-gas

16. News: BEIS consults on re-coupling electricity trading with EU – Current News

30 September 2021, Molly Lempriere.  ​The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation into the potential of re-coupling Great Britain’s electricity auctions:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/beis-consults-on-re-coupling-electricity-trading-with-eu

17. News: Cutting methane should be a key Cop26 aim, research suggests – Guardian Online

30 September 2021, Fiona Harvey.  Oil and gas producers could reduce emissions at low cost or even at a profit by staunching leaks, says thinktank:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/30/cutting-methane-should-be-a-key-cop26-aim-research-suggests

18. Article: Oil will be ‘number one energy source for decades’, says Opec – Engineering and Technology

29 September 2021.  The Opec oil cartel has issued a reminder that crude will continue to be the world’s leading source of energy for decades, driven by less-wealthy countries seeking higher economic growth and improved standards of living:

Link: https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/09/oil-will-be-number-one-energy-source-for-decades-says-opec/

19. Open consultation: Environmental sustainability advice to government: Call for inputs – Competition and Markets Authority

29 September 2021.  The CMA has launched a call for inputs (CFI) to help inform advice the CMA will provide to government on how competition and consumer regimes could better support the UK’s net zero and environmental sustainability goals:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/environmental-sustainability-advice-to-government-call-for-inputs

20. Oral evidence: Net Zero Governance, HC 486 – Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee

21 September 2021.  Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Oral evidence: Net Zero Governance, HC 486 Tuesday 21 September 2021:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/2775/pdf/

21. Oral evidence: UK Gas Market, HC 741 – Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee

22 September 2021. Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Oral evidence: UK Gas Market, HC 741 Wednesday 22 September 2021:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/2780/pdf/

22. Open consultation: Combined heat and power: pathway to decarbonisation call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

27 September 2021.  Views sought to inform further development of possible options for future reform of combined heat and power policy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/combined-heat-and-power-pathway-to-decarbonisation-call-for-evidence

23. Research and analysis: Space based solar power: de-risking the pathway to net zero – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

27 September 2021.  An independent study into the technical feasibility, cost and economics of space based solar power (SBSP), as a novel generation technology to help the UK deliver its net zero policy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/space-based-solar-power-de-risking-the-pathway-to-net-zero

24. Article: Decarbonising the heat sector will protect consumers from future energy cost spikes – Politics Home

28 September 2021, Steve Brine MP. It’s time to level up our buildings and energy infrastructure and release the UK from its vulnerability to volatile fossil fuels:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/decarbonising-the-heat-sector-will-protect-consumers-from-future-energy-cost-spikes

25. Open consultation: Offshore Transmission Network Review: proposals for an enduring regime and multi-purpose interconnectors – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

28 September 2021.  Views sought on a new enduring regime for windfarm development and offshore transmission:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/offshore-transmission-network-review-proposals-for-an-enduring-regime

26. News: Surge in UK wholesale gas prices fuels winter energy crisis fears – Guardian Online

28 September 2021, Rob Davies. Analysts say crisis that has led to collapse of suppliers and threatened factory production could deepen:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/28/uk-wholesale-gas-prices-highs-winter-energy-crisis-suppliers

27. Platform: Energy prices. We should urgently wean ourselves off gas and not give up on Net Zero – Conservative Home

24 September 2021, Sam Hall, Director of the Conservative Environment Network. Energy prices are rising sharply as we head into the autumn. This is causing short-term pressure on household bills, hiking the cost of living, and exacerbating fuel poverty:

Link: https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2021/09/sam-hall-rising-gas-prices-are-a-warning-to-the-government-it-needs-to-accelerate-its-deployment-of-renewables.html

28. News: Gas crisis leaves Europe searching for solutions – BBC News Online

24 September 2021.  A surge in gas prices has hit consumers and energy firms in the UK, with knock-on effects for the food industry and supplies of carbon dioxide:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58650634