24/05/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 24/05/21.

News: Decision: RIIO-ED1 Green Recovery Scheme – Ofgem

24 May 2021.  Following a call for evidence exercise and period of stakeholder engagement, each of the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) brought forward investment proposals under the Scheme for Ofgem assessment and this document sets out their decisions on these:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/decision-riio-ed1-green-recovery-scheme

News: It’s alright for some – The Critic

21 May 2021, Steve Baker.  The pandemic and our response to it has hit the country hard. Our economic contraction last year was the worst for hundreds of years and the damage continues to pile up. Millions remain on furlough. Too many businesses have closed their doors for good. That’s why I have worked hard with MPs to promote our collective recovery from this disease:

Link: https://thecritic.co.uk/its-alright-for-some/

Research: One in four consumers plan to buy an electric car in next five years according to Ofgem research – Ofgem

21 May 2021.  Ahead of Ofgem’s launch of its COP26 ‘green, fair future’ campaign, new research has found that almost one in four (24%) consumers plan to buy an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid in the next five years:

Link: One in four consumers plan to buy an electric car in next five years according to Ofgem research

News: Public Accounts Committee slams government’s lack of plan for ‘huge challenge’ of EV transition – Current News

19 May 2021, Alice Grundy.  The government has a “mountain to climb” to reach its goals of phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and for all new cars to be zero-emission by 2035:

Link: Public Accounts Committee slams government’s lack of plan for ‘huge challenge’ of EV transition

News: Climate change: Ban new gas boilers from 2025 to reach net-zero – BBC News Online

19 May 2021, Matt McGrath. The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold from 2025 if the world is to achieve net-zero emissions by the middle of this century:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57149059

News: Ignore hype over hydrogen heating, government told – BBC News Online

14 May 2021, Roger Harrabin.  Environmentalists are warning the government to ignore what they call “hype” over the use of hydrogen to provide heat:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57103298

News: Huge underground source of green energy going untapped, report claims – Institute of Mechanical Engineers

13 May 2021.  A vast underground source of heat energy is currently going untapped in the UK, a new report has highlighted, and it could transform energy use if accessed widely:

Link: Huge underground source of green energy going untapped, report claims

Article: UK launches regulatory assessment of advanced nuclear – World Nuclear News

12 May 2021.  The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) yesterday opened the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) to advanced nuclear technologies. BEIS has also published a policy paper stating that the advanced nuclear sector has the potential to play an important part in the UK’s Industrial Strategy:

Link: UK launches regulatory assessment of advanced nuclear

Policy paper: Queen’s Speech 2021: background briefing notes – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street

11 May 2021.  Read the briefing notes on the announcements made in the 2021 Queen’s Speech:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2021-background-briefing-notes

News:  ‘Unlawful and irrational’: UK Government taken to court over oil and gas subsidies – Edie.net

12 May 2021.  Environmental campaigners have launched a legal challenge against the UK Government, arguing that its continued support for expanding oil and gas production in the North Sea is incompatible with its climate laws and commitment to ‘levelling up’:

Link: ‘Unlawful and irrational’: UK Government taken to court over oil and gas subsidies

News: Mind-boggling magnets could unlock plentiful power – BBC News Online

11 May 2021, Ben Morris.  Dr Greg Brittles’ eyes gleam with excitement when he explains the project he is working on.  “It’s every engineer’s dream really, to have a project that’s technically challenging, which requires you to develop new technology and solutions to hard problems, but that are also simultaneously important for the world to have”:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56843149

News: BEIS confirms CfD auction to open in December 2021 – Current News

10 May 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction will begin in December, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed:

Link: BEIS confirms CfD auction to open in December 2021

News: Electricity North West becomes the latest to join Flexible Power platform as development continues – Current News

10 May 2021, Alice Grundy.  Electricity North West (ENW) has become the latest distribution network operator (DNO) to join Flexible Power, a platform designed to make engaging with network flexibility simpler:

Link: Electricity North West becomes the latest to join Flexible Power platform as development continues

Policy paper: UK Emissions Trading Scheme markets – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

12 May 2021.  This document explains how the supply of allowances in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) will work in the early years of the scheme:

Link: UK Emissions Trading Scheme markets