11/08/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 11/08/21.

News: World’s climate scientists issue stark warning over global heating threat – Guardian Online

8 August 2021, Fiona Harvey.  IPCC’s landmark report will be most comprehensive assessment yet as governments prepare for pivotal UN talks in November:

Link: Environment / World’s climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat

Research Briefing: Energy bills and tariff caps – House of Commons

6 August 2021.  This Library briefing paper provides a summary of the UK energy market, a breakdown of the components of energy bills, and details of concerns and reforms in the market, including the tariff cap:

Link: Energy bills and tariff caps

News: Millions to see energy bills rise by at least £139 as Ofgem hikes price cap – Sky News

6 August 2021.  The sharp rise, which will impact half the population who are on variable or default rates and prepayment meters, is mainly a result of an increase in wholesale fuel costs, especially gas, according to the regulator:

Link: https://news.sky.com/story/millions-to-see-energy-bills-rise-by-up-to-139-as-ofgem-hikes-price-cap-12373962

News: Smart meter installations double over last year despite COVID disruption – Current News

5 August 2021, Molly Lempriere.  ​The smart meter network in Britain has doubled over the last 12 months, with 6.7 million smart meters connected to the Data Communications Company’s (DCC) network in 2020/21:

Link: Smart meter installations double over last year despite COVID disruption

News: Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse – Guardian Online

5 August 2021, Damian Carrington.  A shutdown would have devastating global impacts and must not be allowed to happen, researchers say:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/05/climate-crisis-scientists-spot-warning-signs-of-gulf-stream-collapse

News: UK sees record-breaking submitted battery storage capacity under planning in Q2 2021 – Energy Storage News

4 August 2021, Mollie McCorkindale. The pipeline for utility-scale battery storage in the UK has been continually increasing and is now over 20GW across more than 800 projects. A recent surge in submitted applications for battery storage has led to a record breaking quarterly submitted capacity for Q2’21:

Link: UK sees record-breaking submitted battery storage capacity under planning in Q2 2021

Open consultation: Competition in onshore electricity networks – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

3 August 2021.  Views sought on details related to the introduction of competition to onshore electricity networks:

Link: Competition in onshore electricity networks

Open consultation: Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS): duties and functions of an economic regulator for CO2 transport and storage – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

2 August 2021. Views sought on proposed duties, powers, functions and objectives of an economic regulator for CO2 transport and storage networks:

Link: Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS): duties and functions of an economic regulator for CO2 transport and storage

News: UK’s net zero goal ‘too far away’, says No 10 climate spokesperson – Guardian Online

1 August 2021, Nadeem Badshah.  Allegra Stratton says carbon emissions must change ‘right now’, as UK moves towards 2050 goal:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/01/uks-net-zero-goal-too-far-away-says-no-10-climate-spokesperson

News: GMB calls for clarity over Sizewell C funding – City Am

30 July 2021, Edward Thicknesse. The energy workers union has today called on the government to end the uncertainty over the future of Sizewell C nuclear plant after reports emerged that ministers were looking to end China’s involvement in the project:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/gmb-call s-for-clarity-over-sizewell-c-funding/

News: North Sea oil chief claimed climate emergency is ‘fake’ in deleted tweets – Yahoo News (Independent)

30 July 2021, Daisy Dunne.  A North Sea oil chief executive claimed that the climate emergency “is fake” and caused by “solar activity” in a string of now-deleted tweets:

Link: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/north-sea-oil-chief-claimed-111010148

News: Boris Johnson reportedly considers pushing gas boiler ban back to 2040 – Energy Live News

27 July 2021, Jonny Bairstow.  The move would delay the government’s plans to ban all new homes from installing gas and oil boilers from 2025:

Link: https://www.energylivenews.com/2021/07/27/boris-johnson-reportedly-considers-pushing-gas-boiler-ban-back-to-2040/

National Statistics: UK energy in brief 2021 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

29 July 2021.  Summary of some of the key developments in the UK energy system: how energy is produced and used and the way in which energy use influences greenhouse gas emissions:

Link: UK energy in brief 2021

Guidance: Transport decarbonisation plan – Department for Transport

29 July 2021.  Plan to decarbonise the entire transport system in the UK:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-decarbonisation-plan

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Research and analysis: Advanced modular reactors (AMRs): technical assessment

29 July 2021.  This research paper presents an assessment of the most promising advanced modular reactor technologies that have the potential to support UK objectives of meeting net zero climate change targets by 2050:

Link: Advanced modular reactors (AMRs): technical assessment

News: Extreme weather will be the norm and UK is not prepared, scientists warn – Guardian Online

29 July 2021, Fiona Harvey.  Last year was first to be in top 10 for heat, rain and sunshine, as scientists say UK’s mild climate is at an end:

Link: Climate crisis / Extreme weather will be the norm and UK is not prepared, report warns

News: Critical measures of global heating reaching tipping point, study finds – Guardian Online

28 July 2021, Katharine Gammon.  Carbon emissions, ocean acidification, Amazon clearing all hurtling toward new records:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/27/global-heating-critical-measures-tipping-point-study

Open consultation: Capacity Market 2021: call for evidence on early action to align with net zero – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

26 July 2021.  This call for evidence on the Capacity Market seeks views on improving delivery assurance and early actions to align the scheme with net zero:

Link: Capacity Market 2021: call for evidence on early action to align with net zero

Open consultation: Mandating the use of sustainable aviation fuels in the UK – Department for Transport

23 July 2021.  Proposes a UK sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) mandate requiring jet fuel suppliers to blend an increasing proportion of SAF into aviation fuel from 2025:

Link: Mandating the use of sustainable aviation fuels in the UK