12/06/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 13/06/20

News: UK heat network projects awarded £25m – The Chemical Engineer

11 June 2020, Amanda Jasi.  FOUR heat network projects have been awarded almost £25m (US$31.6m) of funding, in the third round of the UK’s Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP):

UK heat network projects awarded £25m

News: Carbon pricing, climate disclosure and COP26: Businesses outline key asks for Covid-19 recovery policy – Edie.net

12 June 2020.  The Aldersgate Group – an alliance of dozens of business and civil society leaders – has published a new briefing outlining key policy changes and low-carbon investments it believes should be made to ensure the UK’s recovery from Covid-19 produces a greener, more inclusive and resilient economy:

Carbon pricing, climate disclosure and COP26: Businesses outline key asks for Covid-19 recovery policy

News: Race to Zero: What’s set to be included in the UK’s green Covid-19 recovery package? – Edie.net

8 June 2020.  The UK Government’s landmark global campaign for mobilising net-zero support ahead of the postponed COP26 summit – ‘Race to Zero’ – was launched late last week. But what decarbonisation activities are the likes of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Alok Sharma backing for inclusion in national recovery planning?:

Race to Zero: What’s set to be included in the UK’s green Covid-19 recovery package?

News:  Suppliers tentatively restart smart meter installations in England – Current News

4 June 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Smart meter installations are beginning again after a two month hiatus due to the COVID-19 lockdown.  Of the so called ‘Big Six’ providers, EDF, E.On, npower, SSE and British Gas have all restarted their smart meter operations, as has OVO, the second biggest supplier in the UK:

Suppliers tentatively restart smart meter installations in England

News:  BEIS commits to protect suppliers from 80% of obligation payment increases – Current News

5 June 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The government has committed to protect suppliers from 80% of the increases in obligation payments for the second quarter.  It comes after the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation on 12 May, to examine the prospect of delaying supplier obligations payments in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19:

BEIS commits to protect suppliers from 80% of obligation payment increases

Speech:  COP26 President speech at Race to Zero campaign launch – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

5 June 2020, COP26 President Alok Sharma spoke at the launch of the Race to Zero campaign on World Environment Day:

COP26 President speech at Race to Zero campaign launch

News:  UK industry says more energy storage is needed, as COVID-19 offers glimpse of low carbon future – Energy Storage News

4 June 2020, Alice Grundy.  Industry voices in the UK have said that electricity market activity during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the network will become prohibitively expensive and possibly unmanageable without the further rapid deployment of energy storage:

UK industry says more energy storage is needed, as COVID-19 offers glimpse of low carbon future

News: Race to Zero: COP26 campaign launched to push nations towards net-zero targets – Edie.net

5 June 2020.  To mark World Environment Day, the UK Government has launched its “Race to Zero” global campaign to mobilise support for the net-zero transition across businesses, cities and nations, with new data finding that 53% of global GDP is covered by a net-zero ambition in some form:

Race to Zero: COP26 campaign launched to push nations towards net-zero targets

News:   A renaissance for onshore wind? – Current News

4 June 2020, Stephen Cirell. The growth of renewable energy in the UK has been a great success story over the past ten years. During that period both Governmental and public views have matured and the need to take action to combat global warming – and the place of renewable energy within that – has become ingrained in the nation:

A renaissance for onshore wind?

 News: UK proposes national Emissions Trading System to replace EU carbon market – Edie.net

3 June 2020.  The UK Government has published new proposals on its individual UK-wide Emissions Trading System (ETS) that would replace the EU’s carbon trading variant:

UK proposes national Emissions Trading System to replace EU carbon market

 News:  UPDATE: BEIS refuses 340MW Thanet extension – ReNews.biz

2 June 2020.  The UK government has refused planning permission for Vattenfall’s up to 340MW Thanet 2 wind farm off the south-east coast of England.  Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State at Energy Department BEIS, ruled out granting development consent due chiefly to impacts on shipping, ports and navigation:

BEIS refuses permission for 340MW Thanet 2

News:   UK energy storage ‘nears 4GW’ – ReNews.biz

2 June 2020.  Almost 4GW of energy storage capacity is now connected to the UK network with a further 9GW in the planning process, according to a new report released today by the Electricity Storage Network (ESN).  The report – ‘Electricity Storage: Pathways to a Net Zero Future’ – said there is a ‘shovel ready’ pipeline of billions of pounds worth of electricity storage projects:

UK energy storage ‘nears 4GW’

News:  Ofgem unveils £350m scheme to support struggling energy suppliers – City AM

2 June 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  Ofgem has today unveiled a £350m scheme to support struggling energy suppliers which do not possess an investment grade credit rating:

Ofgem unveils £350m scheme to support struggling energy suppliers

News: UK businesses sign letter to PM ‘pushing for clean recovery’ – ReNews.biz

1 June 2020.  More than 200 UK businesses across energy, finance and other sectors have signed a letter urging the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government to deliver a clean, inclusive and resilient coronavirus recovery plan:

UK businesses sign letter to PM ‘pushing for clean recovery’

Press release: New Emissions Trading System proposal would see UK go further in tackling climate change -Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

1 June 2020.  New UK system to replace EU system for trading carbon emissions:

New Emissions Trading System proposal would see UK go further in tackling climate change

Press release: COP26 President at opening of June Momentum for Climate Change – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

1 June 2020.  COP26 President Alok Sharma spoke at the opening ceremony of the UNFCCC’s June Momentum for Climate Change:

COP26 President at opening of June Momentum for Climate Change

News:  BEIS approves UK’s largest solar farm – Edie.net

1 June 2020.  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week approved what is set to be the UK’s largest solar farm, located in Kent:

BEIS approves UK’s largest solar farm

News:  UK parliamentary committee to probe offshore wind potential – ReNews.biz

29 May 2020.  A UK parliamentary select committee is to consider the potential of offshore wind and how policy can facilitate the UK making the best and most cost-effective use of the technology.  The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will hold the evidence session on Thursday 4 June at 09:30:

UK ministers to ‘mull’ offshore wind potential

News:  Step Forward for £300M Energy Centre Plans – Insider Media

29 May 2020, Stephen Farrell.  Revised plans for a £300m energy centre on land at the South Humber Bank Power Station site have taken a step forward:

Step forward for £300m energy centre plans

Survey:  Consumer Perceptions of the Energy Market – January 2020 – Ofgem

29 May 2020.  Ofgem in conjunction with Citizens Advice uses a quarterly survey to monitor domestic consumers’ perceptions about the quality of service in the energy market. Ofgem uses this information to support its monitoring and compliance activities:

Consumer Perceptions of the Energy Market – January 2020

News:  UK’s gas networks call for £900m investment into zero-carbon infrastructure – Edie.net

29 May 2020.  Britain’s five gas networks companies have today outlined plans to spend more than £900m on zero-carbon energy infrastructure and hydrogen deployment across the UK, subject to Government approval on funding:

UK’s gas networks call for £900m investment into zero-carbon infrastructure

Press release: New dates agreed for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

28 May 2020.  The COP26 UN climate conference will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021 in Glasgow:

New dates agreed for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference

Collection: Smart meters statistics – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

28 May 2020.  These quarterly updates on the smart meter roll-out in Great Britain report on the numbers operated and installed for:

Smart meter statistics

News:   EDF submits ‘momentous’ Sizewell C nuclear plant application – Current News

27 May 2020, Molly Lempriere.  After a two month deferral caused by COVID-19, EDF has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for its Sizewell C nuclear reactor:

EDF submits ‘momentous’ Sizewell C nuclear plant application

News: Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow likely to be delayed by a year – Guardian Online

26 May 2020, Fiona Harvey.  Vital international climate talks due to be hosted by the UK are expected to be delayed until late next year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has emerged, dashing hopes they could be reconvened sooner:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/26/cop26-climate-talks-in-glasgow-likely-to-be-delayed-again