12/02/20 – Useful links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 12/02/20

Research & Analysis: Capacity Market auction: Auction Monitor report for T-3 auction for 2022 to 2023 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

10 February 2020.  Auction Monitor’s report for delivery years 2022 to 2023:

Capacity Market auction: Auction Monitor report for T-3 auction for 2022 to 2023

News: Energy white paper set for publication in ‘matter of weeks’
7 February 2020, Alice Grundy.  The long-awaited energy white paper is due to be published in “a matter of weeks”, according to junior energy minister Lord Duncan:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/energy-white-paper-set-for-publication-in-matter-of-weeks

Decision: Triton Knoll offshore wind farm: Safety Zone, Energy Act 2004 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
20 December 2019.  Triton Knoll offshore wind farm Safety Zone decision:

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm: Safety Zone, Energy Act 2004

Press release:  Savings on energy bills for millions as price caps fall – Ofgem
7 February 2020.  The level of the default price cap will fall by £17 from April, driven by lower wholesale costs:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/savings-energy-bills-millions-price-caps-fall

News: Energy UK calls for tax-funded energy efficiency scheme – Edie.net
6 February 2020.  Trade body Energy UK has proposed that general taxation is used to fund a national energy efficiency programme:

Energy UK calls for tax-funded energy efficiency scheme

News: Shut out of UK’s Capacity Market, battery storage registers as DSR instead – and wins – Energy Storage News
5 February 2020, Liam Stoker.  A number of battery storage assets in the UK successfully landed capacity agreements in last week’s T-3 Capacity Market auction by listing as demand side response (DSR) assets:

Shut out of UK’s Capacity Market, battery storage registers as DSR instead – and wins

Open consultation:  Heat networks: building a market framework – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
6 February 2020. Views sought on policy options for the development of a regulatory framework for heat networks to protect consumers, support market growth and develop low carbon networks:

Heat networks: building a market framework

Form: CCUS Innovation Programme – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
5 February 2020.  Grant funding for projects developing novel technology and processes that reduce the cost of deploying CCUS (carbon capture, usage and storage):

CCUS Innovation Programme

News: Lords discusses net zero carbon emissions target – Parliament UK
7 February 2020.  Members of the House of Lords debated the UK Fires report ‘Absolute Zero’, which details efforts to address climate change and net zero carbon emissions, on Thursday 6 February. Speakers included the CEO of the Energy Managers Association and a development board member of ClientEarth:

Lords debates net zero carbon emissions target

Opinion: Fusion energy can power us to a greener world – City AM
6 February 2020, David Kingham, executive vice chairman, Tokamak Energy.  “There is an old joke among scientists: fusion power is 30 years away, and always will be. Yet as we enter the decade in which the big questions on the future of energy must be answered, is it time to revisit fusion and its unrivalled potential to change the way the world generates power?”:

Fusion energy can power us to a greener world

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Research & Analysis: Fossil fuel price assumptions: 2019
6 February 2020.  The BEIS fossil fuel price assumptions for 2019 present low, central and high assumptions for the wholesale prices of oil, gas and coal for the UK out to 2040:

Fossil fuel price assumptions: 2019

Transparency data: Heat networks pipeline – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
5 February 2020.  This pipeline provides an overview of projects that Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) and Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) are directly working with:

Heat networks pipeline

News: A game-changer’: Industry reactions to Ofgem’s decarbonisation action plan, part two – Current News
3 February 2020, Alice Grundy.  Ofgem published its decarbonisation programme action plan today (3 February), outlining its plans for the next eighteen months:

‘A game-changer’: Industry reactions to Ofgem’s decarbonisation action plan, part two

 Speech: PM speech at COP 26 Launch: 4 February 2020 – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech launching the COP 26 Climate Summit:

PM speech at COP 26 Launch: 4 February 2020

Press release: End of coal power to be brought forward in drive towards net zero – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
4 February 2020.  Britain’s reliance on coal for electricity has dropped from 70% in 1990 to less than 3% today:

End of coal power to be brought forward in drive towards net zero

News: Emma Pinchbeck to become new chief executive at Energy UK – Business Green
29 January 2020.  Deputy chief executive at RenewableUK to take up the reins at UK’s largest energy trade body from this summer:

Emma Pinchbeck to become new chief executive at Energy UK

National Statistics:  Final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics: 1990 to 2018 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
4 February 2020. Final estimates of UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions:

Final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics: 1990-2018

News: Aviation not the enemy in climate battle, says Heathrow boss – BBC News Online
4 February 2020.  Flying is not “the enemy” in the fight against climate change, the chief executive of Heathrow Airport has said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51364103

Press release: PM launches UN Climate Summit in the UK – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
4 February 2020.  Launch of UK-hosted UN climate summit by PM at event attended by David Attenborough:

PM launches UN Climate Summit in the UK

Guidance: Organisation Chart – Ofgem

3 February 2020.  This chart lists the senior management team at Ofgem and gives a break down of our corporate structure:

Ofgem organisation chart

Press Release: Rewiring Britain for a net zero future: Ofgem publishes Decarbonisation Action Plan – Ofgem

3 February 2020.  Ofgem’s new chief executive Jonathan Brearley has launched Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan:

Rewiring Britain for a net zero future: Ofgem publishes Decarbonisation Action Plan

News: National Grid ESO’s NOA recommends £203m in transmission reinforcement – Current News

31 January 2020, Alice Grundy.  National Grid ESO is recommending a £203 million investment into reinforcing the transmission networks in 2020/21:

National Grid ESO’s NOA recommends £203m in transmission reinforcement

News: Ofgem publishes new plan for net zero Britain – City AM

3 February 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  Ofgem has published a new plan to decarbonise the UK’s energy system in order to meet emissions targets by 2050:

Ofgem publishes new plan for net zero Britain

Open consultation:  Capacity Market: proposals for future improvements – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

3 February 2020. The Commission’s 2019 State aid decision notes that the UK government has committed to implementing a number of improvements to the design of the Capacity Market (CM) to reflect recent market and regulatory developments, including those identified through our recent 5-year-review of the effectiveness of the CM:

Capacity Market: proposals for future improvements

News: Lawyers challenge Andrea Leadsom’s decision to approve power plant – City AM

30 January 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  An environmental law charity has launched a High Court challenge against business secretary Andrea Leadsom’s decision to approve a new gas power plant in North Yorkshire:

Lawyers challenge Andrea Leadsom’s decision to approve power plant

Report:  Electricity Networks – National Audit Office
30 January 2020.  NAO report on Electricity Networks. This report examines how effectively Ofgem has used electricity network price controls to protect consumers and achieve government’s environmental goals:

Press release: Ofgem responds to National Audit Office report on electricity networks – Ofgem

30 January 2020.  Ofgem’s statement of response to the National Audit Office report on electricity networks:

Ofgem responds to National Audit Office report on electricity networks

 News: Rachel Reeves MP has been appointed as the Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee – Parliament UK
30 January 2020.  Rachel Reeves MP has been appointed as the Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-energy-industrial-strategy/

News: Ofgem at fault over ‘higher than necessary’ UK electricity bills, says NAO – Guardian Online

30 January 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  Whitehall’s spending watchdog says energy regulator not tough enough on companies:

Ofgem at fault over ‘higher than necessary’ UK electricity bills, says NAO

National Statistics:  Energy Trends: UK total energy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 January 2020.  Data on overall energy balances of energy supply and demand in the United Kingdom:

Energy Trends: UK total energy

News: Ofgem launches probe into troubled Western Link cable – City AM

28 January 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  Ofgem has launched an investigation into National Grid and Scottish Power’s delivery of a high voltage subsea cable which carries energy from Scottish windfarms to north Wales:

Ofgem launches probe into troubled Western Link cable

News: Networks fire back at ‘disappointing’ RIIO-2 Challenge Group report claiming lack of proactivity – Current News

28 January 2020, Molly Lempriere.  On Friday 24 January, Ofgem’s RIIO-2 Challenge Group released its report, looking into the preparations and strategies energy companies have made in the run up to the introduction of the new Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs (RIIO) price controls:

Networks fire back at ‘disappointing’ RIIO-2 Challenge Group report claiming lack of proactivity

News – News: Ofgem’s RIIO-2 Challenge Group ‘disappointed’ with lack of proactivity in network companies – Current News

24 January 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Ofgem’s RIIO-2 Challenge Group has released its report, critiquing the business plans of the energy network companies for RIIO-2:

Ofgem’s RIIO-2 Challenge Group ‘disappointed’ with lack of proactivity in network companies

News:  Powering up Britain: How the UK will become carbon neutral by 2050 – City AM

27 January 2020, John Defterios, emerging markets editor, CNN Business. Net zero by 2050. At first blush, it sounds like a code phrase one would hear in the halls of MI6 or in the Ministry of Defence.  But as British citizens or residents, we should remember it:

Powering up Britain: How the UK will become carbon neutral by 2050

News: Hinkley Point C progress shown in UK Government visit – Production Engineering Solutions
24 January 2020.  Government ministers from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have visited Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to find out its progress:
https://www.pesmedia.com/hinkley-point-c-government-site-visit-edf-240120/

News: Ministers doing little towards 2050 emissions target, say top scientists – Guardian Online

24 January 2020, Fiona Harvey.  Experts call for sweeping policy changes and warn against Heathrow expansion:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/24/ministers-doing-little-to-achieve-2050-emissions-target-say-top-scientists-heathrow-expansion

News: BEIS Oral Questions: EVs, green jobs and new technologies take centre stage – Current News

22 January 2020, Molly Lempriere.  In the first Oral Questions session for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this year, talk quickly turned to net zero, electric vehicles (EV) and clean job growth opportunities:

BEIS Oral Questions: EVs, green jobs and new technologies take centre stage

Consultation: Statutory Consultation on the process for modifying the Default Tariff Cap – Ofgem

23 January 2020.  In this consultation we propose to modify Standard Licence Condition (SLC) 28AD in the gas and electricity supply licences, so that when we calculate the Benchmark Maximum Charges (“Cap level”) for an upcoming Charge Restriction Period (“Cap period”) of the Default Tariff Cap (“the Cap”), we would use the licence conditions that will have effect in that upcoming Cap period, notwithstanding that those conditions may not have effect at the time of the announcement:

Statutory Consultation on the process for modifying the Default Cap

Press release:  Nigel Topping appointed UK High Level Climate Action Champion – Cabinet Office

23 January 2020.  Nigel Topping has today been appointed by the UK Government as the High Level Climate Action Champion for UN climate talks, COP26:

Nigel Topping appointed UK High Level Climate Action Champion

News: Carbon emissions: Scale of UK fossil fuel support ‘staggering’ – BBC News Online

23 January 2020, James Clayton.  A small government agency is supporting fossil fuel projects abroad with estimated carbon emissions of a country the size of Portugal, it has emerged:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51216084#