22/06/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 22/06/21.

Guidance: Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) Transition Scheme – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 June 2021.The Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) Transition Scheme supports the commercialisation of low-carbon heat network projects. It opens to applications in July 2021:

Link: Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) Transition Scheme

Consultation outcome: Capacity Market 2021: proposals for improvements – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

21 June 2021.  With the exception of one proposal which did not receive a majority of support, legislation will be laid in Parliament to amend the capacity market rules and the electricity capacity regulations in order to implement the proposals:

Link: Capacity Market 2021: proposals for improvements

Policy paper: Climate change adaptation: policy information – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

21 June 2021.  What the government is doing to prepare the UK for the impacts of climate change:

Link: Climate change adaption: policy information

News: E.ON urges government to ‘step up’ the pace of decarbonisation – Current News

17 June 2021, Alice Grundy.  Without immediate action from the government to clarify policies and introduce stricter regulation more urgently, the UK will miss its 2050 net zero goal, utility E.ON has warned:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/e-on-urges-government-to-step-up-the-pace-of-decarbonisation-to-hit-2050-net-zero

News: House of lords to examine Ofgem role in net-zero goals – Re NEWS

18 June 2021.  The committee will question academics about the main challenges facing the energy market including energy affordability, shifting to green energy and preventing power cuts:

Link: House of Lords to examine Ofgem role in net-zero goals

House of Commons Question: Transport Decarbonisation Plan – Parallel Parliament

16 June 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate on the Transport Decarbonisation Plan:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-16/debates/EDDF6913-0F44-43A4-A87B-CA58136D7904/TransportDecarbonisationPlan

Collection: Home Energy Performance Retrofit: funding for local authorities and housing associations to help improve the energy performance of homes – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

16 June 2021.  Information on government schemes funding the installation of energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heating systems in domestic properties:

Link: Home Energy Performance Retrofit: funding for local authorities and housing associations to help improve the energy performance of homes

News: New pumped hydro around the world: Tried and tested long-duration storage tech makes comeback – Energy Storage

14 June 2021, Andy Colthorpe.For over 100 years, pumped-storage hydroelectric power (pumped hydro) has supported electricity consumption around the world. The principles of the technology are fairly simple, but ingenious: when electricity demand peaks, water falls from an upper reservoir into a lower reservoir, passing through turbines which generate power:

Link: New pumped hydro around the world: Tried and tested long-duration storage tech makes comeback

Advice – Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk – Climate Change Committee

16 June 2021.  Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk: Advice to Government from the Climate Change Committee:

Link: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/independent-assessment-of-uk-climate-risk/

News: Britain’s power system on track for zero carbon periods by 2025, ESO says – Current News

15 June 2021, Molly Lempriere. Britain’s electricity system will be capable of being powered solely by zero carbon sources of power by 2025 for periods at a time, National Grid ESO has said:

Link: Britain’s power system on track for zero carbon periods by 2025, ESO says

News: CBI urges government to ‘make the big plays’ and release transport and heat strategies – Current News

14 June 2021, Alice Grundy.  The CBI is calling on the government to “step up” and release concrete strategies for transport and heat after a lack of detail in the Ten Point Plan:

Link: CBI urges government to ‘make the big plays’ and release transport and heat strategies

News: Interconnector capacity in Britain the most expensive in Europe – Current News

14 June 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The cost of interconnector capacity to Britain is the most expensive in Europe, according to new research from EnAppSys:

Link: Interconnector capacity in Britain the most expensive in Europe

Official Statistics: Wind energy in the UK: June 2021 – Office for National Statistics

14 June 2021.  Exploring the wind energy industry in the UK, including energy generation, turnover and employment. It includes data from the Office for National Statistics and elsewhere:

Link: Wind energy in the UK: June 2021

News: Close policy gaps now or risk missing net-zero, E.ON and CBI warn UK Ministers – Edie.net

News: G7 to agree tough measures on burning coal to tackle climate change – BBC News Online

13 June 2021, Dulcie Lee & Joseph Lee.  World leaders meeting in Cornwall are to adopt strict measures on coal-fired power stations as part of the battle against climate change. The G7 group will promise to move away from coal plants, unless they have technology to capture carbon emissions:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57456641

News: EDF to close Dungeness B seven years early as the UK’s nuclear fleet dwindles – Current News

8 June 2021, Molly Lempriere.  EDF is to close its Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent, seven years earlier than planned as the UK’s nuclear fleet continues to shrink:

Link: EDF to close Dungeness B seven years early as the UK’s nuclear fleet dwindles