15/10/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/10/20.

Report: UK’s domestic heat ‘extremely unlikely’ to reach net-zero without policy overhaul – Edie.net

9 October 2020. Some 10 million homes will need to have their fossil fuel heating systems replaced by 2035 if the UK is to meet its net-zero target – but the rate of government-supported upgrades is just one-fifth of this level, a new policy briefing has concluded:

Report: UK’s domestic heat ‘extremely unlikely’ to reach net-zero without policy overhaul

Report: World’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus hits Scottish streets – Edie.net

9 October 2020.  Real-world trials of the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus have officially begun in Aberdeen – five years after the city unveiled a hydrogen production and bus refuelling facility:

World’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus hits Scottish streets

Briefing: Work of the Jet Zero Council – House of Commons Library

7 October 2020.  A Westminster Hall Debate on “The Work of the Jet Zero Council” is scheduled for 2.30pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020:

Work of the Jet Zero Council

Press release: New plans to make UK world leader in green energy – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

6 October 2020.  The announcement is part of the government’s commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050 and will support 60,000 jobs:

New plans to make UK world-leader in green energy

News: Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030 – Guardian Online

5 October 2020, Jessica Elgot, Fiona Harvey & Jillian Ambrose.  PM vows to make Britain world leader in low-cost clean power with ‘Build Back Greener’ drive:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/05/boris-johnson-to-unveil-plan-to-power-all-uk-homes-with-wind-by-2030

News: Boris Johnson: Wind farms could power every home by 2030 – BBC News Online

6 October 2020.  Offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade, Boris Johnson has pledged.  Speaking to the Conservative party conference, the PM announced £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines to help the country “build back greener”:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54421489

News:  Over £34 million owed by seven suppliers in Renewable Obligations and FiT fees – Current News

2 October 2020, Alice Grundy.  Ofgem is consulting on issuing seven suppliers with final orders over £34 million in outstanding Renewable Obligation (RO) and feed-in tariff (FiT) levelisation fees:

Over £34 million owed by seven suppliers in Renewable Obligations and FiT fees

News:  Instances of negative pricing more than double across Europe in 2020 – Current News

2 October 2020, Alice Grundy.  Great Britain saw 80 hours of negative pricing in the first nine months of 2020 as instances of negative day ahead prices more than double across Europe:

Instances of negative pricing more than double across Europe in 2020

News:  National Grid ESO to launch new ‘game-changing’ frequency response service tonight – Current News

1 October 2020, Molly Lempriere.  National Grid ESO is set to debut a new fast frequency response service at 11pm tonight (1 October), using Dynamic Containment (DC) to boost the grid’s resilience:

National Grid ESO to launch new ‘game-changing’ frequency response service tonight

News: First new deep coalmine in UK for 30 years gets go ahead – Guardian Online

2 October 2020, Simon Goodley.  Planning permission granted to Cumbria project that will extract 2.7m tonnes of coal per year:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/02/first-new-deep-coalmine-in-uk-for-30-years-gets-green-light

Research and analysis: Domestic battery energy storage systems – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Office for Product Safety and Standards

2 October 2020.  A review of the safety risks of domestic battery energy storage systems and measures to mitigate these:

Domestic battery energy storage systems

Blog: Analyse thy neighbour: Interconnectors and their importance to future power prices – Cornwall Insight

30 September 2020, James Brabben.  “Whilst we build towards 2021 and post-Brexit energy markets, focus has been applied to how we in GB strive towards net zero ambitions with a more independent policy agenda. However, regardless of future trading arrangements, interconnectors with EU nations will continue to play a pivotal role in driving wholesale power prices and system flexibility in the future”: 

https://www.cornwall-insight.com/newsroom/all-news/analyse-thy-neighbour-interconnectors-and-their-importance-to-future-power-prices

News: Net Zero by 2050 technically and economically achievable, says Energy Transitions Commission report – Energy Post

1 October 2020, Jules Kortenhorst.  “Making Mission Possible, the latest report by the Energy Transitions Commission, describes a net-zero world by mid-century as technically and economically possible. The solutions are already available or close to being brought to market. What is still missing is the will to embrace, rapidly and at scale, the inevitable disruption that will ultimately deliver net-zero emissions, lower air pollution, cheaper energy bills, create new jobs and raise living standards”:

Governance Documents: Vulnerability and Carbon Monoxide Allowance (VCMA) and Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES) Governance Documents – Ofgem

2 October 2020.  Ofgem are consulting on initial drafts of the proposed VCMA and FPNES governance documents to aid policy development. Closing date: 2 November 2020:

Consultation on the Gas Network Vulnerability and Carbon Monoxide Allowance (VCMA) and Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES) Governance Documents

Open letter: Open letter on progress on electricity storage network charging arrangements and determination of CMP280 – Ofgem

2 October 2020.  This letter sets out the progress on electricity storage network charging arrangements and our latest thinking on the determination of CMP280:

Open letter on progress on electricity storage network charging arrangements and determination of CMP280

Decision: Decision on clarifying the regulatory framework for electricity storage: changes to the electricity generation licence – Ofgem

2 October 2020. Ofgem seeks to provide regulatory clarity on the treatment of electricity storage within the regulatory framework. To achieve this, Ofgem consulted on changes to the electricity generation licence to make it fit for storage:

Decision on clarifying the regulatory framework for electricity storage: changes to the electricity generation licence

Platform: Rachel Wolf: Net Zero risks upending our lives and livelihoods. Here’s why carbon pricing gives it a better chance of working – Conservative Home

2 October 2020, Rachel Wolf. “Worrying about the state of the environment in the middle of a pandemic might feel like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. Will the public question the Government’s sense of priorities if ministers start talking about how to protect the environment in the midst of a health crisis and a long potential downturn?”:
https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2020/10/rachel-wolf-net-zero-risks-upending-our-lives-and-livelihoods-heres-why-carbon-pricing-gives-it-a-better-chance-of-working-well.html

Research briefing: Aviation, decarbonisation and climate change – House of Commons Library

1 October 2020.  The aviation industry has been under long-term pressure to decarbonise air travel limiting its contribution to climate change. This briefing paper provides an overview and analysis of UK and international policies to decarbonise the aviation sector, including market-based measures, technological solutions and demand management:

Aviation, decarbonisation and climate change

News: BEIS unveils £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme – Current News

1 October 2020, Alice Grundy.  A £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme has been launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is to provide grant funding for heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures across the public sector, central government departments and non-departmental public bodies:

BEIS unveils £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Blog: The role of the consumer in achieving net zero – Ofgem

1 October 2020, Beth Moon.  Our Customer & Behavioural Insights team has conducted extensive research with consumers to understand their perspectives on net zero – here are our findings. “Changing our behaviour is crucial to hitting net zero: the Committee for Climate Change estimates that 62% of the actions required will involve some element of societal or behavioural change. These include changes to the way we heat our homes and power our vehicles”:

The role of the consumer in achieving net zero

Open consultation: Capacity market new technologies 2020 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 September 2020.  Seeking to identify emerging generating technologies, capable of contributing to security of supply but not already a Generating Technology Class, that may be eligible to participate in capacity market auctions:

Capacity market new technologies 2020

News: ‘Retrofit army’: Half a million builders and plumbers needed to meet net zero goal – Future Net Zero

28 September 2020, Priyanka Shrestha.  The UK will need a “retrofit army” of nearly half a million builders, electricians and plumbers to meet the government’s ambition of becoming net zero by 2050. That’s according to new research published by UK100 – a cross-party taskforce of 24 mayors and local government leaders – which suggests around 455,076 jobs could be created or be in demand in the construction and property sectors alone:

Open consultation: Designing the Green Heat Network Fund: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 September 2020. Seeking evidence which will help us develop a Green Heat Network Fund intended to help new and existing heat networks adopt low carbon technologies:

Designing the Green Heat Network Fund: call for evidence

News: Britain’s oil and gas rigs most polluting in North Sea, says report – Guardian Online

28 September 2020, Jillian Ambrose. Release of CO2 from UKCS rigs was much greater than Norwegian and Danish regions:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/28/britains-oil-and-gas-rigs-most-polluting-in-north-sea-says-report

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