23/11/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 23/11/21.

News: Ofgem opens consultation into price cap as high power prices continue to squeeze suppliers – Current News

22 November 2021, Molly Lempriere. ​Ofgem is to consult on the energy price cap, as suppliers continue to falter amidst record high power prices:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ofgem-opens-consultation-into-price-cap-as-high-power-prices-continue-to-squeeze-suppliers

Press release: Glasgow to be home to first-of-a-kind hydrogen storage project – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

22 November 2021.  A trailblazing hydrogen storage project near Glasgow has been backed by nearly £10 million in UK government funding:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/glasgow-to-be-home-to-first-of-a-kind-hydrogen-storage-project

Article: Can The UK Achieve Five Key Net Zero Targets In The Next Decade? – Politics Home

18 November 2021, Michael Thorogood.  More than 40 countries agreed to five ambitious targets at COP26 that aim to make clean technologies affordable and accessible worldwide by 2030:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/can-the-uk-achieve-five-key-net-zero-targets-in-the-next-decade

Overview: 9th November 2021 Price Cap consultations – Ofgem

18 November 2021. The unprecedented and unexpected rise in gas and electricity prices over recent months has put energy markets under severe strain:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/overview-19th-november-2021-price-cap-consultations

News: The small nuclear power plants billed as an energy fix – BBC News Online

19 November 2021, Emma Woollacott. “We’ll likely have more accidents than existing reactors because it’s a new technology, but these will be accidents and not disasters,” says Troels Schonfeldt, co-founder of Denmark’s Seaborg Technologies:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59245973

Research briefing: Energy intensive industries – House of Commons Library

18 November 2021.  A Westminster Hall debate on energy intensive industries is due to take place on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 9.30am. The debate will be led by Jack Brereton MP:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2021-0195/

News: National Grid targets ‘significant growth opportunities’ as underlying operating profit rises 47% – Current News

18 November 2021, Alice Grundy. National Grid has seen its underlying operating profit rise 47% to £1.4 billion for the six months ended 30 September as it focuses on delivering “critical and green investment”:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/national-grid-targets-significant-growth-opportunities-as-underlying-operating-profit-rises-47

Article: How we can make tidal power the UK’s next renewables success story – learn from experts and industry leaders – Politics Home

16 November 2021, Dr Stephen Wyatt, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.  Amidst a Code Red Climate Emergency and power supply uncertainty, it’s time to support tidal power:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/how-we-can-make-tidal-power-the-uks-next-renewables-success-story

News: Germany suspends approval for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – Guardian Online

16 November 2021, Jillian Ambrose.  Move follows mounting political pressure to scrap project in setback to Kremlin-backed project:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/16/germany-suspends-approval-for-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline

News: ‘Few quick wins or cheap fixes’: NIC begins plotting delivery of net-zero UK energy systems – Edie.net

15 November 2021, The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has outlined plans for addressing some of the UK’s major barriers to net-zero through to 2023, pledging an increased focus on low-carbon heating and scaling up hydrogen:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/-Few-quick-wins-or-cheap-fixes—National-Infrastructure-Commission-begins-plotting-delivery-of-net-zero-UK-energy-systems/

Article: Off-grid homes risk becoming guinea pigs in government decarbonisation policy – Politics Home

12 November 2021, OFTEC. The long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy outlines profound changes coming to the way we heat our homes:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/offgrid-homes-risk-becoming-guinea-pigs-in-government-decarbonisation-policy

Decision: Consultation on Ofgem’s administration of the Green Gas Support Scheme and associated Green Gas Levy – Ofgem

9 November 2021. See Ofgem’s decision on administration of the Green Gas Support Scheme and associated Green Gas Levy:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/consultation-ofgems-administration-green-gas-support-scheme-and-associated-green-gas-levy-decision

News: New Foresight Project launched to support UK’s 2050 net zero target – Government Office for Science

11 November 2021. The report will inform the government’s long-term net zero strategy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-foresight-project-launched-to-support-uks-2050-net-zero-target

Inquiry: Decarbonising heat in homes – The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee

November 2021. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry examining the path to decarbonising heating in homes:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/645/decarbonising-heat-in-homes/

Notice: Net zero society: scenarios and pathways – Government Office for Science

10 November 2021.  Foresight report looking at the role of future societal change within UK pathways to net zero:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/net-zero-society-scenarios-and-pathways

Notice overview: Zero Emission Vehicles Transition Council: 2022 action plan – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Transport

10 November 2021.  How the Council will collaborate over the coming year to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/zero-emission-vehicles-transition-council-2022-action-plan

Policy paper: COP26 declaration: zero emission cars and vans – Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

10 November 2021.  The COP26 declaration on zero emission cars and vans is a landmark global agreement launched by the UK COP presidency to signal the end of polluting vehicles:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cop26-declaration-zero-emission-cars-and-vans

Press release: UK backs new small nuclear technology with £210 million – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

9 November 2021.  Each small modular reactor could be capable of powering 1 million homes – equivalent to a city the size of Leeds:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-backs-new-small-nuclear-technology-with-210-million

Notice: Cluster sequencing for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) deployment: Phase-2 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

8 November 2021.  Call for submissions from organisations wanting to take part in Phase-2 of the CCUS Cluster Sequencing Process:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cluster-sequencing-for-carbon-capture-usage-and-storage-ccus-deployment-phase-2

News: Rolls-Royce backed to develop nuclear reactors – BBC News Online

9 November 2021.  Rolls-Royce has been backed by a consortium of private investors and the UK government to develop small nuclear reactors to generate cleaner energy:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59212983