13/08/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 13/08/20

Corporate information: Organisation Chart – Ofgem

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

Ofgem organisation chart

News:  Offshore energy integration ‘crucial to deliver UK net zero’ – ReNews.Biz

6 August 2020.  Integrating offshore oil and gas, offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage could help deliver 30% of the UK’s carbon reduction requirements to get to net zero, according to a new report:

https://www.renews.biz/62251/offshore-energy-integration-crucial-to-deliver-uk-net-zero/

Press release:  Savings on energy bills this winter as price cap falls – Ofgem

7 August 2020.  The price cap will fall by £84 from £1,126 to £1,042 per year for the winter period (October-March).  This is the lowest level of the cap since it was introduced on January 1 2019:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/savings-energy-bills-winter-price-cap-falls

News:  Heat pumps to be eligible for £2bn government Green Home Grants – Current News

4 August 2020, Alice Grundy.  Heat pumps are confirmed to be included in the government’s £2 billion Green Homes Grant as it urges tradespeople to register for MCS accreditation:

Heat pumps to be eligible for £2bn government Green Home Grants

News:  ENA launches new consultation on the future flexible energy market – Current News

3 August 2020.  The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched a new consultation into flexibility, to drive standardisation in local energy markets:

ENA launches new consultation on the future flexible energy market

Blog:  Networks fit for net zero – Ofgem

31 July 2020, Akshay Kaul, Director of Network Price Controls.  Energy networks will sit at the heart of the race to cut harmful carbon emissions from power, heat and transport by 2050 – the deadline for the UK’s ambitious ‘net zero’ emissions target:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/news-blog/our-blog/networks-fit-net-zero

Report:  2020 UK National Report to the European Commission – Ofgem

31 July 2020.  This report contains both the 2020 Great Britain and Northern Ireland National Reports to the European Commission, in accordance with obligations under section 5ZA of the Utilities Act 2000 and section 6A of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/2020-uk-national-report-european-commission

Policy paper: Great Britain electricity market implementation plan – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

31 July 2020.  This implementation plan provides an outline of the electricity market in Great Britain and the measures being taken to address market distortions and failures:

Great Britain electricity market implementation plan

Consultation: RIIO-ED2 Sector Specific Methodology Consultation – Ofgem

30 July 2020.  Ofgem sets price controls on the companies that run the gas and electricity networks in Great Britain to ensure that current and future consumers get the network services they require at a fair price.  Ofgem does so through the RIIO model, where they set network company Revenues using Incentives to deliver Innovation and Outputs:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/riio-ed2-sector-specific-methodology-consultation

Press release: Ofgem proposals to ‘turn your street green’, transforming local electricity networks – Ofgem

30 July 2020.  Ofgem has today set out its proposals to rewire Britain at a local level to deliver a greener and fairer energy system for British consumers:

Ofgem proposals to ‘turn your street green’, transforming local electricity networks

Commons Research Briefing:  New Nuclear Power – House of Commons Library

29 July 2020, Paul Bolton and Suzanna Hinson.  This Commons Library briefing paper summarises current progress on nuclear power, including conventional reactors, advanced designs, waste disposal, and nuclear research:

Collection: UK energy in brief – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 July 2020.  This series brings together all documents relating to UK energy in brief:

UK energy in brief

Press release: Statistical press release: Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2020 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

30 July 2020.  Statistical press release to announce the publication of the 2020 edition of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) and 2 other publications:

Statistical press release: Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2020

Article:  GB energy sector must be joined-up to meet Net Zero targets – Politics Home

29 July 2020, Institution of Engineering and Technology.  Leading engineers are today warning that a joined-up approach to the future of Britain’s energy sector is essential if we are to meet our Net Zero ambitions:

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/gb-energy-sector-must-be-joinedup-to-meet-net-zero-targets

News: National Grid: UK’s electricity system could go carbon-negative from 2033 – Edie.net

28 July 2020.  The operating firm for National Grid is predicting that the UK’s electricity grid could capture, offset or absorb more carbon than it emits by as early as 2033, if efforts to scale up renewable energy generation and carbon capture technologies are accelerated:

https://www.edie.net/news/6/National-Grid–UK-s-electricity-system-could-go-carbon-negative-from-2033/

News:  ‘Astonishing’ drop in offshore wind costs could reduce household energy bills – Institution of Mechanical Engineers

27 July 2020.  Huge new wind turbines operating further out at sea have contributed to an “astonishing” reduction in offshore wind costs, with households set to benefit from reduced energy bills by the mid-2020s:

https://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/astonishing-drop-in-offshore-wind-costs-could-reduce-household-energy-bills

News: British fracking firm to challenge ‘de facto ban’ on shale gas projects – Guardian Online

27 July 2020, Jiliian Ambrose.  Aurora Energy drops application to drill at Altcar Moss in Lancashire:

UK electricity grid’s carbon emissions could turn negative by 2033, says National Grid