13/07/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 13/07/20

News: Free home insulation: Too good to be true? – BBC News Online

10 July 2020, Roger Harrabin:  ‘It sounds too good to be true: free money to make your home cosy and cut your fuel bills.  But this is exactly what is planned for England’s homeowners from September’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53365827

News:  Sharma: Energy white paper to ‘hopefully’ be published in autumn – Current News

10 July 2020, Alice Grundy.  Energy secretary Alok Sharma has said the energy white paper will “hopefully” be published this autumn:

Sharma: Energy white paper to ‘hopefully’ be published in autumn

News:  Striking the right balance: Will Ofgem’s RIIO-2 proposals help or hinder net zero? – Current News

10 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Ofgem’s draft proposals for the RIIO-2 were met with a very mixed response when the regulator published them yesterday:

Striking the right balance: Will Ofgem’s RIIO-2 proposals help or hinder net zero?

Opinion:  An open letter to the PM: Britain must build Sizewell C — nuclear sits at the heart of a green recovery – City AM

12 July 2020.  An open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, business secretary Alok Sharma, and chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak from Zion Lights the director of Environmental Progress UK and former editor of The Hourglass newspaper:

An open letter to the PM: Britain must build Sizewell C — nuclear sits at the heart of a green recovery

Press release: £40 million to kick start next-gen nuclear technology – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Nadhim Zahawi MP

10 July 2020.  This funding will unlock thousands of green jobs by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology:

£40 million to kick start next-gen nuclear technology

Research and analysis: UK R&D and supply chain capability for Advanced Modular Reactors – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

10 July 2020.  This report examines the UK’s current capabilities and identifies where they would need to be strengthened to better enable the UK to develop AMRs:

UK R&D and supply chain capability for Advanced Modular Reactors

News:  Ofgem unveils £25bn investment but networks label new proposals ‘deeply concerning’ – Current News

9 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Ofgem has unveiled a £25 billion investment programme to upgrade Great Britain’s energy networks over the next five years:

Ofgem unveils £25bn investment but networks label new proposals ‘deeply concerning’

Article: The Chancellor’s statement is a good start, but what next for energy efficiency policy? – Politics Home

10 July 2020.  While the Chancellor’s announcement this week is a step in the right direction, more must be done to ensure we reach our net zero goals and deliver a truly green recovery:

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/a-good-start-but-what-next-for-energy-efficiency-policy

News:  Energy industry veterans to launch hydrogen investment fund – Reuters

9 July 2020, Ron Bousso.  Two energy industry veterans plan to launch an investment fund focused on hydrogen this year as more and more governments include the niche fuel in their global warming battle plans:

Energy industry veterans to launch hydrogen investment fund

Press release:  Ofgem proposes £25 billion to transform Great Britain’s energy networks – Ofgem

9 July 2020. Ofgem has unveiled proposals for a five-year investment programme to transform Britain’s energy networks to deliver emissions-free green energy for GB along with world-class service and reliability:

Ofgem proposes £25 billion to transform Great Britain’s energy networks

Article: More needs to be done to power green recovery, say industry leaders – City AM

8 July 2020, Angharad Carrick. Rishi Sunak has confirmed a £3bn green plan to boost employment and upgrade the UK’s infrastructure, but industry leaders have warned more needs to be done to power the recovery:

More needs to be done to power green recovery, say industry leaders

Briefing:  Ofgem’s energy network spending plan to 2026.  Here’s what you need to know – Ofgem

9 July 2020.  Now more than ever, we need to make sure that every pound on consumers’ bills goes further:

https://email.ofgem.gov.uk/1QCB-6XUY3

Commons Research Briefing: Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – House of Commons Library

8 July 2020.  This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme:

News: ‘Not what a green recovery looks like’: Rishi Sunak’s plan gets mixed response – Guardian Online

8 July 2020, Fiona Harvey.  Summer statement’s focus on energy efficiency welcomed but disappointment that no boost for renewable:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/08/not-what-a-green-recovery-looks-like-rishi-sunaks-plan-gets-mixed-response

News: ‘An encouraging start’: Reaction as Treasury unveils £3bn boost for green economy – Edie.net

8 July 2020.  Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Summer Economic Update to Parliament, including a £3bn package to stimulate the UK’s green economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has broadly been welcomed by key individuals and organisations:

‘An encouraging start’: Reaction as Treasury unveils £3bn boost for green economy

News:  More ambitious policy is needed ‘and fast’ for the UK to hit net zero – Current News

8 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Nine out of ten energy professionals say the UK is currently off-track to reach net zero by 2050.  Over half of the 350 sector workers interviewed by the Energy Institute (EI) for its annual Energy Barometer also said that the UK will not hit its 2030 interim target either:

More ambitious policy is needed ‘and fast’ for the UK to hit net zero

Consultation: Ofgem consultation – RIIO-2 Draft Determinations – Core Document – Ofgem

9 July 2020.  Ofgem’s aim for the RIIO-2 price controls is to ensure energy consumers across GB get better value, better quality of service and environmentally sustainable outcomes from their networks. In May 2019, Ofgem set out the framework for the price controls in their Sector Specific Methodology Decisions:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2020/07/draft_determinations_-_core_document.pdf

News:  ‘Maximised’ CfDs could create 12,000 jobs and £20bn investment – Current News

7 July 2020, Alice Grundy.  The Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions could bring in 12,000 new jobs and over £20 billion of investment, according to RenewableUK:

‘Maximised’ CfDs could create 12,000 jobs and £20bn investment

News:  REA issues key policy advice to government for green recovery – Current News

6 July 2020, Alice Grundy.  The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has issued advice to the government on the key policies needed for a green recovery.  Detailing the policies in a new report, the REA is calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to implement them in his forthcoming stimulus package:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/rea-issues-key-policy-advice-to-government-for-green-recovery

News:  Pinchbeck steps into role as Energy UK CEO – Current News

6 July 2020, Alice Grundy.  Emma Pinchbeck has today (6 July) taken up her new role of CEO of Energy UK.  She is taking over from interim CEO Audrey Gallacher, who replaced Lawrence Slade after he departed the trade body in December 2019:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/pinchbeck-steps-into-role-as-energy-uk-ceo

News: CCC: UK’s net-zero transition could be easier than first thought – Edie.net

3 July 2020.  The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) chair, co-chair and chief analyst believe that the UK’s transition to net-zero could be accelerated, rather than hampered, by the Covid-19 crisis:

https://www.edie.net/news/11/CCC–UK-s-net-zero-transition-could-be-easier-than-first-thought

Article:  Decision time on clean recovery and net zero – Politics Home

3 July 2020, Tom Greatrex, Nuclear Industry Association.  Getting to net zero isn’t just a legal requirement, but a profound responsibility to future generations:

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/decision-time-on-clean-recovery-and-net-zero-decision-time-on-clean-recovery-and-net-zero

News: Is the hydrogen tech ‘revolution’ hope or hype? – BBC News Online

1 July 2020, Roger Harrabin.  In his speech on the planned economic recovery, the prime minister said hydrogen technology is an area where the UK leads the world. He hopes it’ll create clean jobs in the future. But is the hydrogen revolution hope or hype?:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53238512

News:  BEIS select committee warns of ‘historic mistake’ of not aligning COVID-19 recovery with net zero – Current News

30 June 2020, Alice Grundy. The chairs of the BEIS select committee and the Environmental Audit Committee – Darren Jones and Philip Dunne – have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to stress the need for a green economic recovery:

BEIS select committee warns of ‘historic mistake’ of not aligning COVID-19 recovery with net zero

Open Letter: Smart Meter Rollout: Energy Suppliers’ Progress and Future Plans – June 2020 – Ofgem

30 June 2020.  See Ofgem’s observations on suppliers’ smart meter progress reports and rollout plans and looks forward to the next phases of the rollout:

Smart Meter Rollout: Energy Suppliers’ Progress and Future Plans – Open Letter June 2020

Speech: Environment Secretary speech at the COP26 Business Leaders Event – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and The Rt Hon George Eustice MP

30 June 2020.  George Eustice’s address at the COP26 Business Leaders Event hosted the Council for Sustainable Business:

Environment Secretary speech at the COP26 Business Leaders Event

Press release: £80 million boost to cut emissions from homes and industry – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

29 June 2020.  Nearly £80 million investment from government to reduce carbon emissions from industry and homes:

£80 million boost to cut emissions from homes and industry

Corporate report: Committee on Fuel Poverty annual report: 2020 – Committee on Fuel Poverty and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 June 2020.  The fourth annual report of the Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP), June 2020:

Committee on Fuel Poverty annual report: 2020

News: Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says – BBC News Online

29 June 2020, Roger Harrabin.  An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53214997

News: MPs to probe whether Covid-19 recovery package is truly ‘green’ – Edie.net

29 June 2020.  The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a new inquiry into the environmental and social implications of the UK Government’s Covid-19 recovery package, just one day before the plan’s key aspects are due to be unveiled by Boris Johnson:

https://www.edie.net/news/11/MPs-to-probe-whether-Covid-19-recovery-package-is-truly–green-/