14/09/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 14/09/20

News:  UK must become global leader in tackling climate crisis, says CBI – Mircosoft News

14 September 2020, Rupert Jones.  Its recommendations to the government include creating jobs and energy savings by retrofitting homes and buildings to be more energy-efficient:

www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/uk-must-become-global-leader-in-tackling-climate-crisis-says-cbi

Article:  The Green Share Bill will tackle climate change by empowering communities from the ground up – Politics Home

10 September 2020, Anna McMorrin MP.  “The Green Share Bill will unlock private investment for co-operatives and member-owned businesses to expand and deliver green, sustainable projects. It’s an opportunity for the Government to show the climate leadership we’ve all been waiting for”:

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/the-green-share-bill-will-tackle-climate-change-by-empowering-communities-from-the-ground-up

Alok Sharma promises ‘joined-up thinking’ on net-zero policy, but examples remain scarce – Edie.net – News

11 September 2020.  Business Secretary Alok Sharma delivered rhetoric that the Government will approach the net-zero emissions commitment for 2050 through a “joined-up thinking” approach, but was unable to confirm any concrete policy announcements that would ensure fossil fuels aren’t locked into the future economy: 

https://www.edie.net/news/11/Alok-Sharma-promises–joined-up-thinking–on-net-zero-policy–but-examples-remain-scarce/

Article:  Parliament needs a dedicated net-zero committee to ensure we reach our climate targets – Politics Home

11 September 2020, Tome Sasse.  Parliament needs to start taking climate change seriously and hold regular debates on concrete action needed to achieve the UK’s climate targets:

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/parliament-needs-a-dedicated-netzero-committee-to-ensure-we-reach-our-climate-targets

Article:  EDF Energy says UK Hinkley Point B nuclear plant could close earlier than planned – Reuters

9 September 2020, Nina Chestney.  EDF’s EDF Energy said on Wednesday that its Hinkley Point B nuclear plant could close earlier than planned, and that it will be able to confirm the closure date by the end of the year:

EDF Energy says UK Hinkley Point B nuclear plant could close earlier than planned

Open consultation: Review of consents for major energy infrastructure projects and Special Protection Areas – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

10 September 2020.  The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of all interested parties on a draft Screening of Likely Significant Effects report which assesses the likely significant effect of these consents upon relevant Special Protection Areas:

Review of consents for major energy infrastructure projects and Special Protection Areas

News:  Over five million second generation smart meters installed as rollout hits new milestone – Current News

8 September 2020, Alce Grundy.  Over five million SMETS2 smart meters have been installed in the UK according to the Data Communications Company (DCC). The milestone was reached with the installation of a meter at a location in Lincoln by Bulb Energy on 7 September 2020:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/over-five-million-second-generation-smart-meters-installed-as-rollout-hits-new-milestone

News: UK needs ‘significant’ overhaul of infrastructure investment to reach net-zero, report claims – Edie.net

8 September 2020. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has claimed that the UK Government needs to “undertake a significant programme of infrastructure investment” to enable regulators and private investment to create funding for critical net-zero infrastructure:

https://www.edie.net/news/11/UK-needs–significant–overhaul-of-infrastructure-investment-to-reach-net-zero–report-claims/

News:  Ofgem bashed for ‘manifestly flawed’ and ‘miscalculated’ RIIO-2 proposals – Current News

7 September 2020, Alice Grundy. Ofgem’s RIIO-2 Draft Determinations risk system reliability and will result in missing 2030 targets according to Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) Transmission, with ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) also wading in to brand the proposals “unacceptable”:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ofgem-bashed-for-manifestly-flawed-and-miscalculated-riio-2-proposals

News:  ‘Little evidence’ government has confronted scale of net zero – Current News

7 September 2020, Molly Lempriere.  There is still ‘little evidence’ that the UK government has confronted the enormous scale of reaching net zero, according to a new report by the Institute for Government:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/little-evidence-government-has-confronted-scale-of-net-zero

News: BEIS to review whether UK’s oil and gas licencing regime is net-zero compatible – Edie.net

5 September 2020. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will review whether its plans for the future oil and gas licencing regime are “aligned with tackling climate change” and compatible with the UK’s 2050 net-zero target:

BEIS to review whether UK’s oil and gas licencing regime is net-zero compatible

Annual Report: Operation of the Capacity Market in 2019/20 – Ofgem

4 September 2020.  The Electricity Capacity Regulations 2014 (as amended) require us to provide the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with an annual report on the operation of the Capacity Market:

Annual Report on the Operation of the Capacity Market in 2019/20

Publication:  Consolidated Capacity Market Rules 2020 – Ofgem

4 September 2020.  An informal consolidated version of the Capacity Market Rules, as of July 2020.  The document is the same as the version published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on 20 July 2020:

Publication of the consolidated Capacity Market Rules 2020

News:  House of Lords to debate ‘UK hydrogen strategy’ – ReNews

3 September 2020.  A cross-party group of more than 60 MPs and peers have secured a debate in the House of Lords on 17 September as part of growing calls for a “UK hydrogen strategy”:

House of Lords to debate ‘UK hydrogen strategy’

Press release: Government launches review into future offshore oil and gas licensing regime – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

3 September 2020.  Review will form part of aim to lead the way on tackling climate change and achieving net zero emissions by 2050:

Government launches review into future offshore oil and gas licensing regime

Guidance: Carbon emissions limits in the Capacity Market – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

2 September 2020.  Guidance on the reporting and verification mechanism for carbon emissions in the Capacity Market (CM):

Carbon emissions limits in the Capacity Market

Research and Analysis: Transforming heat: public attitudes research – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

1 September 2020.  Findings from a survey of the British public on the transition to a low-carbon heating future:

Transforming heat: public attitudes research

News:  Stop perverse climate impact of biomass by radically reforming CO2 accounting rules, says advisory body – Envirotec Magazine

25 August 2020.  Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. As the European Commission works on a revision of its central climate policy tool, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council suggests a radically new standard:

Press release: Consultation launched to support marine renewables – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

28 August 2020.  The consultation will examine how the UK can build back greener through marine renewable projects across the country:

Consultation launched to support marine renewables