24/07/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 24/07/21.

Research and analysis: Electric vehicle charging market study: final report – Competition and Markets Authority

23 July 2021.  The Competition and Markets Authority has completed its market study into electric vehicle charging

Link: Electric vehicle charging market study: final report

Policy paper: Energy retail market strategy for the 2020s – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

23 July 2021. This strategy sets out our vision of the role of the retail market in achieving net zero:

Link: Energy retail market strategy for the 2020s

 Open consultation: Carbon capture, usage and storage: amendments to Contracts for Difference regulations – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

21 July 2021.  views sought on 3 proposed amendments to the CfD regulations to facilitate power carbon capture, usage and storage:

Link: Carbon capture, usage and storage: amendments to Contracts for Difference regulations

Guidance: Consolidated version of the Capacity Market Rules – Ofgem

21 July 2021.  The most recent informal consolidated version of the Capacity Market Rules, alongside previous versions:

Link: Consolidated version of the Capacity Market Rules

Open consultation: Proposals for a Future System Operator role – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Ofgem

20 July 2021.  Views sought on proposals for the future role, organisational design and phased implementation of a Future System Operator with responsibilities across both the electricity and gas systems:

Link: Proposals for a Future System Operator role

 Open consultation: Facilitating the deployment of large-scale and long-duration electricity storage: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

20 July 2021.  Evidence about barriers to the deployment of large-scale and long-duration electricity storage, and on different approaches for supporting the deployment of these technologies:

Link: Facilitating the deployment of large-scale and long-duration electricity storage: call for evidence

 Policy paper: Transitioning to a net zero energy system: smart systems and flexibility plan 2021 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Ofgem

20 July 2021.  This plan sets how we will transition to a smart, flexible, decarbonised energy system:

Link: Transitioning to a net zero energy system: smart systems and flexibility plan 2021

Policy paper: Digitalising our energy system for net zero: strategy and action plan – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ofgem and Innovate UK

20 July 2021.  Strategy for digitalising the Great Britain energy system to spur innovation, reduce bills and drive decarbonization:

Link: Digitalising our energy system for net zero: strategy and action plan

Consultation: Consultation and workshop on the Design and Delivery of the Energy Code Reform – Ofgem

20 July 2021. Consultation jointly published by Ofgem and BEIS on the design and delivery of the energy code reform:

Link: Consultation and workshop on the Design and Delivery of the Energy Code Reform

News: UK’s National Grid to lose electricity role to independent body -The Times (Reuters)

19 July 2021.  The British government is preparing to issue plans to strip UK-listed grid operator National Grid of its responsibility for running the country’s electricity system in favour of a new independent body:

Link: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/uks-national-grid-lose-electricity-234033638.html

Article: Scientists turn methane into methanol at room temperature – The Engineering & Technology

16 July 2021.  An international team of scientists have developed a novel process that could be an important step toward a methanol fuel economy with abundant methane as the feedstock, an advance that could change how the world uses natural gas:

Link: https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/07/scientists-turn-methane-into-methanol-at-room-temperature/

Article: Government’s plan for decarbonised heat ‘risks electoral damage’ – ENDS Report

16 July 2021, Gareth Simkins.  Disagreements within government over the cost of decarbonising homes have pushed back the publication of the long-expected Heat and Buildings Strategy, leaving industry with no policy framework to follow, according to Labour and an industry group:

Link: https://www.endsreport.com/article/1722466/governments-plan-decarbonised-heat-risks-electoral-damage

Report: Local government and net zero in England – National Audit Office

16 July 2021.  This report responds to a request from the Environmental Audit Committee to examine local government and net zero. Drawing on lessons from NAO previous work, it considers how effectively central government and local authorities in England are collaborating on net zero:

Link: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Local-government-and-net-zero-in-England-Summary.pdf

News: Shell and Scottish Power submit plans for floating offshore windfarms – Guardian Online

16 July 2021, Jillian Ambrose.  Energy firms hope to produce world’s first large-scale floating turbines in north-east Scotland:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/16/shell-scottish-power-floating-offshore-windfarms-energy-scotland

Briefing: Decarbonising Heat – Energy UK

July 2021. If the UK is to meet its 2050 net zero target, and also meet the new UK Government target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035, finding new ways to deliver low-carbon heating is essential. The scale of the challenge means it is perhaps the most significant challenge facing policy makers in reaching net zero, and in a similar way to the transition to zero emission vehicles, the transition depends on ordinary people being incentivised and supported to change to a lower carbon technology, and businesses changing their operations, supply chains, and service offering:

Link: https://www.energy-uk.org.uk/publication.html

Open consultation: Jet zero: our strategy for net zero aviation – Department for Transport

14 July 2021.  Vision for the aviation sector to reach net zero aviation, or jet zero, by 2050:

Link: Achieving net zero aviation by 2050

Open consultation: Decarbonisation readiness: call for evidence on the expansion of the 2009 Carbon Capture Readiness requirements – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Welsh Government

14 July 2021.  Initial views and evidence sought on an expansion to the 2009 Carbon Capture Readiness (CCR) requirements, In partnership with the Welsh Government:

Link: Decarbonisation readiness: call for evidence on the expansion of the 2009 Carbon Capture Readiness requirements

Article: Long-duration energy storage: The missing piece of the power sector puzzle for net zero – Politics Home

14 July 2021, Jim Smith, Managing Director, SSE Renewables, explains why projects like the Coire Glas pumped hydro storage scheme are needed to help the UK achieve its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/longduration-energy-storage-the-missing-piece-of-the-power-sector-puzzle-for-net-zero

News: Treasury: Removing VAT of green products could ‘impose significant additional pressure’ on finances – Current News

14 July 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Despite growing calls from the energy sector and beyond, the Treasury looks set to reject the removal of VAT on green products such as heat pumps and solar:

Link: Treasury: Removing VAT of green products could ‘impose significant additional pressure’ on finances

Article: We will not achieve net zero without more support for decarbonising homes – Politics Home

14 July 2021, Darren Jones MP.  The Business Department’s repeated delays in publishing the Heat and Buildings Strategy means there is no policy framework, timelines or priorities set out by the government for industry:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/we-will-not-achieve-net-zero-without-more-support-for-decarbonising-homes

Article: ‘The government is late with its action and where it has acted, it tends to miss the mark’: Lord Deben talks to The House – Politics Home

14 July 2021, Isabella Kaminski. The UK has set bold targets to tackle climate change, but is the government up to the task? Lord Deben has his doubts. Blaming slow progress on a disconnect between ambition and delivery, he tells Isabella Kaminski the world is looking to us as COP26 hosts for action, not promises:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/the-uk-has-set-bold-targets-to-tackle-climate-change-but-is-the-government-up-to-the-task-lord-deben-tells-isabella-kaminski-of-his-doubts

News: EU unveils sweeping climate change plan – BBC News Online

14 July 2021.  The European Union has announced a raft of climate change proposals aimed at pushing it towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57833807

Guidance: Carbon Budgets – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

13 July 2021.  A carbon budget places a restriction on the total amount of greenhouse gases the UK can emit over a 5-year period. The UK is the first country to set legally binding carbon budgets:

Link: Carbon Budgets    

News: ‘Clarity and confidence for the road ahead’: Green economy reacts to Transport Decarbonisation Plan – Edie.net

14 July 2021.  The UK Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan is set for publication today (14 July), outlining plans to align all domestic travel and logistics with the national net-zero target. Here, we round up the reaction to this policy package from thought leaders and key organisations across the green economy:

Link: ‘Clarity and confidence for the road ahead’: Green economy reacts to Transport Decarbonisation Plan

News: FES 2021: Urgent policy decisions pivotal to reaching net zero – Current News

12 July 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Changes to consumer behaviour and policy clarity will be pivotal to achieving net zero in the UK.  This was a key finding of National Grid ESO’s latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, which laid out four scenarios for decarbonising the electricity system:

Link: FES 2021: Urgent policy decisions pivotal to reaching net zero

Article: Not Zero: Inside the Tory Party Split on Decarbonisation – Politics Home

10 July 2021, Rosamund Urwin.  Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for attaining net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is not shared by all in his party. So can this relatively recent convert to the green agenda persuade Conservatives the price tag is worth it?:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/net-zero-tory-split

News: Families could be given money to offset higher gas bills under new plan – The Scotsman

9 July 2021.  Under new plans currently under consideration in Whitehall, families across the UK could be sent annual payments to offset the cost of higher gas bills, and encourage them to switch to green energy instead:

Link: https://www.scotsman.com/read-this/families-could-be-given-money-to-offset-higher-gas-bills-under-new-plan-3302526

News: What if Carbon Capture fails? Modelling the consequences and solutions – Energy Post EU

5 July 2021, Neil Grant and Ajay Gambhir at Imperial College London, writing for Carbon Brief, say the standard models fail to measure the different probabilities of CDR never coming online at scale:

Link: https://energypost.eu/what-if-carbon-capture-fails-modelling-the-consequences-and-solutions/

Research Briefing: Fuel Poverty – House of Commons

8 July 2021.  This Library briefing note summarises the levels of fuel poverty across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comment on the issue:

Link: Fuel Poverty

House of Commons Debate: Fuel Poverty – Parallel Parliament

8 July 2021.  Text of Commons debate on Fuel Poverty:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-07-08/debates/6B35924F-4B6C-4F30-83BF-D0149968A4B9/FuelPoverty

House of Commons Debate: Electricity Network Grid Charges – Parallel Parliament

8 July 2021.  Text of Adjournment Debate: Electricity Network Grid Charges:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-07-08/debates/0CB62448-25F2-4653-90E6-62FBE660E4B6/ElectricityNetworkGridCharges

News: UK Government ‘not taking the public’s views on net-zero transition into account’ – Edie.net

8 July 2021.  The Government’s plans for engaging the general public with the net-zero transition and ensuring that impacts are socially fair have been “insufficient to date”, MPs are warning:

Link: UK Government ‘not taking the public’s views on net-zero transition into account’

News: Energy Systems Catapult seeks views on barriers to demand-side flexibility – Current News

8 July 2021, Alice Grundy.  The Energy Systems Catapult, alongside advisory firm CEPA, is to carry out a new study on energy price signals:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/energy-systems-catapult-seeks-views-on-barriers-to-demand-side-flexibility