23/03/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 23/03/20.

News: Green groups dispute power station claim that biomass is carbon-neutral – Guardian Online

23 March 2021, Jillian Ambrose.  Drax in Yorkshire burns wood pellets to generate electricity, but forests cannot be replaced quickly enough, say campaigners:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/23/green-groups-dispute-power-station-claim-biomass-carbon-neutral

News: Government commits £560m to decarbonise housing – Edie.net

23 March 2021.  The Government has issued £500m from the Green Homes Grant and £62m from a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to improve the energy efficiency of 50,000 UK households:

Government commits £560m to decarbonise housing

News: Environmental Audit Committee says domestic decarbonisation support has been ‘woefully inadequate’ – Current News

22 March 2021, Molly Lempriere. ​The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has lent its weight to calls for the Green Homes Grant to be rolled over beyond the end of March 2021:

Environmental Audit Committee says domestic decarbonisation support has been ‘woefully inadequate’

Press release: Emissions-cutting trucks and next-gen hydrogen buses closer to hitting the road with £54 million government-led funding

22 March 2021.  Innovative green projects creating the next generation of electric trucks and hydrogen-powered buses are set to secure nearly 10,000 UK jobs and save millions of tonnes of carbon emissions:

Emissions-cutting trucks and next-gen hydrogen buses closer to hitting the road with £54 million government-led funding

News: National Grid announces £7.8 billion acquisition of Western Power Distribution – 4 C Offshore

19 March 2021, Tom Russell.  National Grid plc has announced its acquisition of Western Power Distribution, the UK’s largest electricity distribution business, from PPL Corporation for an equity value of £7.8 billion:

National Grid announces £7.8 billion acquistion of Western Power Distribution

News: Backlash grows against cut to electric car grants – BBC News Online

19 March 2021. The government is to cut grants aimed at encouraging people to buy electric vehicles in a move that has been criticised by the motor industry:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56441639

Collection: Green Homes Grant statistics – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

18 March 2021.  Data to monitor the installation of energy efficiency measures in domestic properties via the Green Homes Grant scheme, launched in 2020:

Green Homes Grant statistics

Paper: Price cap working paper – Reviewing the potential impact of COVID-19 on the default tariff cap: cap period seven – Ofgem

12 March 2021.  Ofgem is consulting on whether a float for cap period 7 to adjust the default tariff cap to account for the impacts of COVID-19 is necessary:

Price cap working paper – Reviewing the potential impact of COVID-19 on the default tariff cap: cap period seven

Consultation outcome: Future support for low carbon heat: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17 March 2021.  Government response published to this consultation on options for the future support for low carbon heat, beyond the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI):

Future support for low carbon heat

Open Consultation: UK Emissions Trading Scheme free allocation review: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17 March 2021.  The UK government and devolved administrations are seeking evidence on free allocation in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme:

UK Emissions Trading Scheme free allocation review: call for evidence

Policy paper: Industrial decarbonisation strategy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17 March 2021. This strategy sets out how industry can decarbonise in line with net zero while remaining competitive and without pushing emissions abroad:

Industrial decarbonisation strategy

Article: Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050 – Guardian Online

16 March 2021, Jonathon Porritt.  Big industry players pushing techno-fixes are ignoring the only realistic solution to the climate crisis: renewables:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/16/hydrogen-nuclear-net-zero-carbon-renewables]

Research and analysis: Net zero public engagement and participation – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

15 March 2021.  The note provides a succinct overview of recent evidence and key concepts relating to net zero public engagement and participation:

Net zero public engagement and participation

News: Ministers ‘considering ban’ on new North Sea exploration – City AM

14 March 2021, Edward Thicknesse.  The government is considering banning new licenses to explore for oil in the North Sea, in what could be the first death knell for the basin:

Ministers ‘considering ban’ on new North Sea exploration

Research and analysis: Research and analysis: Thin internal wall insulation (TIWI) – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

12 March 2021.  Research into thin internal wall insulation used in retrofitting homes:

Thin internal wall insulation (TIWI)

Research and analysis: Heat distribution systems (HDS) – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

12 March 2021.  Research investigating the current state of heat distribution systems in homes:

Heat storage and distribution systems (HDS)

News: Ofgem to lower shareholder returns and direct investment to greening local networks – Current News

11 March 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Ofgem is to significantly lower the proportion of money going to network company shareholders in the next price period as it looks to target more flexible local grids:

Ofgem to lower shareholder returns and direct investment to greening local networks

News: Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn – BBC News Online

12 March 2021.  A public inquiry has been announced into plans for the first new deep coal mine in the UK for decades:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56364306]

Debate: Full text of Commons debate on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline – Parallel Parliament

10 March 2021.  Full text of Commons debate on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline:

https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-03-10/debates/7877C10A-3EF7-4B59-9FBC-50BAC9E8ABEB/NordStream2Pipeline

Article: The new UK emissions trading system: what energy-intensive industries need to know – The Lawyer

10 March 2021. With effect from 1 January 2021, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (“UK ETS”) replaced the UK’s participation in the equivalent EU Emissions Trading Scheme (“EU ETS”). This greenhouse gas trading scheme forms part of the UK government’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050:

The new UK emissions trading system: what energy-intensive industries need to know

News: UK Government invests £4 million in biomass projects – Bioenergy Insight Magazine

10 March 2021.  UK biomass projects will receive £4 million (€4.6 million) in government funding as part of a £92 million (€107 million) investment to support three new ‘innovation challenges’ in the green energy sector:

UK Government invests £4 million in biomass projects

News:  BEIS opens Capacity Market consultation that could require units to enter Balancing Mechanism – Current News

8 March 2021, Molly Lempriere. All Capacity Market Units (CMU) may be required to be part of the Balancing Mechanism, according to a new consultation launched by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS):

BEIS opens Capacity Market consultation that could require units to enter Balancing Mechanism

Minutes: Net Zero Advisory Group minutes January 2021 – Ofgem

8 March 2021.  This is a record of Ofgem’s Net Zero Advisory Group meeting, held on the 20th January 2021:

Net Zero Advisory Group minutes January 2021

News:  National Grid ESO: Electricity markets ‘need reforming’ to ensure future grid stability – Current News

5 March 2021, Edith Hancock. Great Britain’s electricity markets need wide-ranging reforms in order to sustain the country’s transition to renewable energy resources:

National Grid ESO: Electricity markets ‘need reforming’ to ensure future grid stability

News: Revealed: why hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recycling are going up in smoke – Guardian Online

7 March 2021, Lucy Siegle. This analysis shows that producing electricity from waste is more carbon intensive than producing it from gas, and second only to coal. In fact, as coal is phased out, energy from waste will become the dirtiest form of electricity production in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/07/revealed-why-hundreds-of-thousands-of-tonnes-of-recycling-are-going-up-in-smoke

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

5 March 2021.  Views sought on 10 areas of incremental and technical improvement to the Capacity Market:

Capacity Market 2021: proposals for improvements