08/12/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 08/12/21.

Research and analysis: Energy and emissions projections: Net Zero Strategy baseline (partial interim update December 2021) – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

7 December 2021.  Projections of greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand from 2020 to 2040:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-and-emissions-projections-net-zero-strategy-baseline-partial-interim-update-december-2021

News story: Government-backed liquid hydrogen plane paves way for zero emission flight – Department for Transport, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

6 December 2021. UK project unveils plans for a new liquid hydrogen plane:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-backed-liquid-hydrogen-plane-paves-way-for-zero-emission-flight

News: COP26 must launch a reinvigorated UK effort on climate change – Climate Change Committee

2 December 2021. COP26: Key outcomes and next steps for the UK:

Link: https://www.theccc.org.uk/2021/12/02/cop26-must-launch-a-reinvigorated-uk-effort-on-climate-change/

News: Energy sector experts quizzed on Government’s revamped infrastructure planning policies – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee

3 December 2021. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee will hold the first evidence session of its new inquiry into the Government’s draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPS):

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/365/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-committee/news/159410/energy-sector-experts-quizzed-on-governments-revamped-infrastructure-planning-policies/

Call for Evidence: Electricity Distribution Business Plans for RIIO-2 – Ofgem

6 December 2021.  This call for evidence seeks stakeholder views on any aspect of Electricity Distribution Network Operators’ Business Plans for RIIO-2, and provides a structure respondents should follow. It also provides information about the RIIO-ED2 Open Hearings in March 2022, including a link under which stakeholders can register to attend these:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/call-evidence-electricity-distribution-business-plans-riio-2

News: Energy sector experts quizzed on Government’s revamped infrastructure planning policies – Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee

3 December 2021. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee will hold the first evidence session of its new inquiry into the Government’s draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPS):

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/365/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-committee/news/159410/energy-sector-experts-quizzed-on-governments-revamped-infrastructure-planning-policies/

News: Martin Lewis: Energy price cap now due to rise by a ‘horrendous’ 40%+ in April – Money Saving Expert

3 December 2021, Sophie King.  Despite the “horrendous” projected increase, Martin explained that households are still likely to be better off “doing nothing” for now, given how expensive the cheapest fixed tariffs are currently:

Link: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2021/12/martin-lewis–even-the-cheapest-deals-are-more-than-double-than-/

News: Energy firms face action after restoration delays following Storm Arwen – City AM

4 December 2021, Leah Montebello. Energy network operators face enforcement action from Ofgem following power delays from Storm Arwen:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/energy-firms-face-action-after-restoration-delays-following-storm-arwen/

News: Rising energy bills: ‘My teenager covers himself in coats to keep warm’ – BBC News Online

3 December 2021, Kevin Peachey. When she goes in to check on him at night, Sandy Birtles says she can hardly see her teenage son for all the layers on his bed. The single mother of two says that the family do all they can to keep warm as the bills continue to rise: 

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59483411

Correspondence: CMA response to consultation on Future of Transport: zero emission vehicles – Competition and Markets Authority

1 December 2021.  The CMA has published its response to the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles consultation on the future of transport: zero emission vehicles:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cma-response-to-consultation-on-future-of-transport-zero-emission-vehicles

Article: Supporting our steel industry transition to a green future is key to levelling up – Politics Home

30 November 2021, Jamie Wallis MP. At the last election, voters in Bridgend put their trust in me and the Conservative Party after three decades of Labour dominance. We promised to deliver Brexit and then use the freedoms won to bring real change to our communities. Restoring our steel industry with support for green steel is a clear way for our party to repay that promise:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/supporting-our-steel-industry-transition-to-a-green-future-is-key-to-levelling-up

News: US$500m financing secured by Gresham House Energy Storage Fund for UK BESS projects – Energy Storage News

29 November 2021, Molly Lempriere. London Stock Exchange-listed energy storage investor Gresham House Energy Storage Fund has secured a £380 million (US$507 million) funding package from major UK retail bank NatWest:

Link: https://www.energy-storage.news/us500m-financing-secured-by-gresham-house-energy-storage-fund-for-uk-bess-projects/

News: Ed Miliband named Shadow Secretary for climate change and net-zero in Labour reshuffle – Edie.net

29 November 2021. Labour has named former party leader Ed Miliband as its new Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero, as part of a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle that will see him champion a New Green Deal in the UK:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/Ed-Miliband-appointed-Shadow-Secretary-for-climate-change-and-net-zero-in-Labour-reshuffle/

News: Energy market meltdown could burden UK households with £3.2bn bill – City AM

29 November 2021, Nicholas Earl. UK households could be on the hook for £3.2bn to cover the costs of the energy market meltdown this winter, which has already claimed over 20 suppliers and affected four million customers:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/energy-market-meltdown-could-burden-uk-households-with-3-2bn-bill/

Research briefing: Empowering community energy schemes – House of Commons Library

29 November 2021. There will be a debate in Westminster Hall on Empowering community energy schemes on Tuesday 30 November 2021 from 2:30pm until 4:00pm. Wera Hobhouse MP will open this debate:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2021-0200/

Notice: Green Gas Levy (GGL): rates and exemptions – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

29 November 2021.  The Green Gas Levy (GGL) applies to licensed fossil fuel gas suppliers in Great Britain from 30 November 2021, and will fund the Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS):

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/green-gas-levy-ggl-rates-and-exemptions

Guidance: Determinations of the UK ETS carbon price – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

29 November 2021. Determinations made by the UK ETS Authority under article 46 of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme Order 2020:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/determinations-of-the-uk-ets-carbon-price

Open consultation: Smart meter targets framework: churn adjustment – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

25 November 2021.  Views on proposals to mitigate the impact of smart meter customers switching suppliers (‘churn’) on energy suppliers’ minimum installation requirements for the second year of the new 4-year smart metering policy framework:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/smart-meter-targets-framework-churn-adjustment

Commons Debate: Tidal Energy Generation: Ringfenced Funding – Parallel Parliament

25 November 2021.  Text of Commons debate on Tidal Energy Generation: Ringfenced Funding:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-11-25/debates/3F31C164-B16D-4A10-884C-C44DE63068BC/TidalEnergyGenerationRingfencedFunding

Article: How we can make tidal power the UK’s next renewables success story – learn from experts and industry leaders – Politics Home

24 November 2021, Dr Stephen Wyatt, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Amidst a Code Red Climate Emergency and power supply uncertainty, it’s time to support tidal power:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/how-we-can-make-tidal-power-the-uks-next-renewables-success-story

Guidance: Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 4: Allocation Framework – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

25 November 2021.  The Allocation Framework sets out the rules for Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4 and the eligibility requirements applicants must satisfy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/contracts-for-difference-cfd-allocation-round-4-allocation-framework

Press release: UK government announces biggest investment into Britain’s tidal power – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

24 November 2021. The UK government is backing tidal energy as part of its flagship renewable energy auction scheme, announcing today its biggest investment in a generation into tidal power:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-announces-biggest-investment-into-britains-tidal-power

Commons Debate: Energy-intensive Industries – Parallel Parliament

24 November 2021. Text of Westminster Hall debate on Energy-intensive Industries:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-11-24/debates/28510CD3-4E1B-444F-85D5-DD924696CD33/Energy-IntensiveIndustries

Research briefing: Energy intensive industries – House of Commons Library

24 November 2021.  A Westminster Hall debate on energy intensive industries is due to take place on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 9.30am. The debate will be led by Jack Brereton MP:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2021-0195/