15/04/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/04/20

Article: Starmer completes green line-up with junior shadow ministers – Ends Report
14 April 2020, Simon Pickstone.  Labour’s new leader has unveiled the new front bench in full, with a number of high profile MPs involved in green issues receiving junior shadow ministerial positions:
Starmer completes green line-up with junior shadow ministers

 News: UK’s climate watchdog to refocus advisory reports to account for coronavirus impacts on net-zero – Edie.net
15 April 2020.  The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has announced it is amending its advisory reports due for publication over the next 12 months to account for responses to the coronavirus pandemic, with a report on the UK’s sixth carbon budget pushed back to December: UK’s climate watchdog to refocus advisory reports to account for coronavirus impacts on net-zero

News: Parliament Will Return On April 21, Government Confirms – Huffington Post
12 April 2020, Arj Singh.  The Commons may sit virtually to allow MPs to hold ministers to account over coronavirus, a spokesperson for Jacob Rees-Mogg said: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-parliament-april-return-mps_uk

Speech: The government is a strong supporter of free and competitive energy markets – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
11 April 2020.  Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng delivered a statement during the G20 meeting of energy ministers on Friday 10 April 2020: The Government is a strong supporter of free and competitive energy markets
 
Update: Impact of COVID-19 on energy network companies – an enabling framework for regulatory flexibility – Ofgem
8 April 2020.  This open letter sets out how Ofgem plans to facilitate and help provide clarity to network companies to prioritise work sensibly and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their customers, staff and supply chains: Impact of COVID-19 on energy network companies – an enabling framework for regulatory flexibility

Update: Impact of COVID-19 on retail energy supply companies – an enabling framework for regulatory flexibility – Ofgem
8 April 2020.  An open letter to all energy network companies about regulatory obligations during the COVID-19 crisis: Impact of COVID-19 on energy network companies – an enabling framework for regulatory flexibility

News: Surging renewables give ‘glimpse of the future’ as prices tumble over sunny weekend – Current News
6 April 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Low demand and a sunny weekend sent power prices plunging into negative figures on the day-ahead hourly market for the third time as generation hit a new record: Surging renewables give ‘glimpse of the future’ as prices tumble over sunny weekend

News: Miliband named shadow BEIS Secretary – ReNews
6 April 2020.  Miliband, who led the Labour Party between 2010 and 2016, is chair of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s Environmental Climate Justice Commission and served as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change between 2008 and 2010: Miliband named shadow BEIS secretary

News: New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019 – The Guardian Online
6 April 2020, Damian Carrington.  Most new electricity globally was green and coronavirus bailouts must boost this further, says agency: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/06/new-renewable-energy-capacity-hit-record-levels-in-2019

News: Households to be paid for daytime green electricity use during lockdown – The Guardian Online
5 April 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  Fall in energy use combined with bright, breezy weather leads to lowest electricity prices in 10 years: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/05/thousands-to-be-paid-for-daytime-green-electricity-use-during-lockdown

News: Record £745m of wind power exported by Scotland – Herald Scotland
4 April 2020, David Leask.  Scotland exported a record £745m worth electricity last year as wind power increasing becomes the country’s second North Sea Oil. New official statistics show more than 17,000 gigawatt-hours was transmitted to England and Wales in 2019, more than ever before: Record £745m of wind power exported by Scotland

News: Carbon pricing flexibility and scaling up hydrogen: UK energy sector unveils net-zero innovation plans – Edie.net
3 April 2020.  The body representing the UK’s electricity and gas transmission and distribution sector has set out its plans for reaching net-zero by 2050, concluding that this ambition will only be achieved if a “whole-systems” approach to transformation is adopted: Carbon pricing, flexibility and scaling-up hydrogen: UK energy sector unveils net-zero innovation

Data: Upcoming release calendar – Ofgem
2 April 2020.  Upcoming release dates for our market indicators and data on the Ofgem Data Portal: Ofgem data: Upcoming release calendar

News: UK Government urged to launch ‘office for carbon removal’ in crackdown on offsetting greenwash – Edie.net
2 April 2020. The UK Government should open a national ‘office for carbon removal’ in order to verify that carbon offsets purchased by businesses in the drive for compliance with its net-zero target have a tangible climate impact: UK Government urged to launch ‘office for carbon removal’ in crackdown on offsetting greenwash

Annual Report: Operation of the Capacity Market in 2018/19 – Ofgem
31 March 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 2018/19

News:  Reducing UK emissions remains an emergency despite current crisis – Politics Home
1 April 2020, Paul Rose, CEO, Oil Firing Technical Association.  While some challenges need to be overcome, with the right policy support, a fully sustainable, fossil-free liquid fuel could be in use by 2035: https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/reducing-uk-emissions-remains-an-emergency-despite-current-crisis

News: Study: Climate-wrecking products ‘should come with smoking-style warnings’ – Edie.net
1 April 2020.  Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis: Study: Climate-wrecking products ‘should come with smoking-style warnings’

News: One year on: How has the solar feed-in-tariff closure impacted renewables in the UK? – Edie.net
1 April 2020.  The UK’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for small-scale renewable arrays closed on 1 April 2019, much to the disappointment of key green campaign groups and solar industry figures. But, in the 12 months that followed, how has the market responded? One year on: How has the solar feed-in-tariff closure impacted renewables in the UK?

Article: Energy efficiency: Warning over ‘insufficient’ national commitments – ENDS Europe
31 March 2020, Robert Hodgson.  The EU is way off track to achieve the energy efficiency gains needed to meet even the existing target of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, an alliance of industry, local governments and NGOs warned on Tuesday: Energy efficiency: Warning over ‘insufficient’ national commitments

News: Coronavirus: Energy industry in talks with government for state support – City AM
31 March 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  The UK energy industry is in talks with the government over a rolling aid package to help protect vulnerable households and businesses from the coronavirus pandemic: Coronavirus: Energy industry in talks with government for state support

News: Energy prices drop as new price cap hits – but most will still overpay by £100s/yr – Money Saving Expert
1 April 2020, Andrew Capstick.  Millions of customers stuck on expensive standard tariffs should start to see lower energy bills this week as the regulator’s new price cap kicks in, though most will still be massively overpaying – you could save £350+/year by switching supplier: Energy prices drop as new price cap hits – but most will still overpay by £100s/yr

News: Forward Work Programme 2020/21 – Ofgem
31 March 2020.  The consultation published on 20 December is the best representation of Ofgem’s planned projects. However, Ofgem’s work is currently being reprioritised because of the impact of COVID-19. Ofgem’s priority during this time is to work with Government, industry and consumer groups to protect consumers, especially the vulnerable. They will publish a fuller account of their planned work in due course: Forward Work Programme 2020/21

News: Green hydrogen could cut industry emissions by 34% – ReNews
30 March 2020. The falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 34% in fossil fuel dependent sectors of the economy, such as steel, heavy-duty vehicles, shipping and cement, according to new research by BloombergNEF (BNEF): ‘Green hydrogen could cut industry emissions by 34%’

News:  Emissions reductions ‘need to start being delivered’, DfT says as it outlines decarbonisation priorities – Current News
27 March 2020, Alice Grundy.  The Creating the Transport Decarbonisation Plan document, published 26 March, sets out the steps the Department for Transport (DfT) is taking to develop the plan, as well as confirming its intention to work with industry and communities for this development: Emissions reductions ‘need to start being delivered’, DfT says as it outlines decarbonisation priorities

News: UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row – The Guardian Online
26 March 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  More than a third of British electricity was generated by renewables in 2019: UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row