26/03/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 26/03/20

Your Money.com  – News:  Smart meter rollout put on pause due to virus outbreak
25 March 2020, Joanna Faith.  The roll-out of smart meters has been temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Energy UK has confirmed:

Smart meter rollout put on pause due to virus outbreak

News:  As costs increase whilst families self-isolate, VAT on energy bills should be scrapped – Politics Home
25 March 2020, Jamie Stone.  For those who already find themselves out of work or on reduced pay due to coronavirus, the thought of higher bills landing on the doorstep will add unbearable strain:

As costs increase whilst families self-isolate, VAT on energy bills should be scrapped

News: COVID-19 drives down demand as lockdown affects usage patterns – Current News
25 March 2020, Molly Lempriere. As the country goes into lockdown, the power demand profile is changing due to the shutdown of offices and industry:

COVID-19 drives down demand as lockdown affects usage patterns

News: BEIS aiming to publish energy white paper in spring despite COVID-19 – Current News
25 March 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is aiming to have the long-awaited energy white paper out in spring, it confirmed:

BEIS aiming to publish energy white paper in spring despite COVID-19

Research and analysis: Energy Trends: March 2020, special feature article – Wind powered electricity in the UK – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
26 March 2020.  Special feature article from the March 2020 edition of Energy Trends statistical publication:

Energy Trends: March 2020, special feature article – Wind powered electricity in the UK

National Statistics: Final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics: 1990 to 2018 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
26 March 2020.  Final estimates of UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions:

Final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics: 1990 to 2018

National Statistics: Provisional UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics 2019 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
26 March 2020.  Provisional estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions for 2019, including quarterly emissions estimates:

Provisional UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics 2019

News: Ofgem’s work programme – Ofgem
24 March 2020.  Ofgem are currently reviewing their work plans for 2020 in light of the Coronavirus national emergency – find out more on this page:

Ofgem’s work programme

News: Emergency measures brought in to support consumers during COVID-19 crisis – Current News
19 March 2020, Molly Lempriere.  UK suppliers along with the government have agreed on emergency measures, to help protect consumers and ensure their power stays on throughout the current pandemic:

Emergency measures brought in to support consumers during COVID-19 crisis

Update on Survey Results: Consumer Perceptions of the Energy Market Q4 2019 – Ofgem
20 March 2020.  Ofgem in conjunction with Citizens Advice uses a quarterly survey to monitor domestic consumers’ perceptions about the quality of service in the energy market. Ofgem uses this information to support its monitoring and compliance activities:

Consumer Perceptions of the Energy Market Q4 2019

Job: Chief Scientific Advisor – Engineering & Technology
19 March 2020.  BEIS is seeking an exceptional Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to lead on the use of scientific and engineering evidence to help shape the Department’s economic and climate strategy and inform the Department’s resources and plans for investment in science:

Chief Scientific Advisor

News: Coronavirus vs. climate change and COP26: What happens next? – Edie.net
18 March 2020.  The coronavirus pandemic has brought the global economy to a standstill, with some now doubting whether the crucial climate talks scheduled for COP26 will be able to go ahead. So, asks Matt Mace, what impact would delaying the summit have on international efforts to combat the climate crisis?:

Coronavirus vs. climate change and COP26: What happens next?

News: Upskilling roadmap set up to decarbonise North West industrial cluster – Edie.net
19 March 2020.  An energy and hydrogen cluster set to be developed in the North West has pledged to create a roadmap to combat existing skills gaps for the low-carbon transition, as part of wider government plans to fully decarbonise industrial clusters in the UK:

Upskilling roadmap set up to decarbonise North West industrial cluster

Official Statistics: UK’s carbon footprint – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
19 March 2020.  Annual greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions relating to UK consumption:

UK’s carbon footprint

National Statistics: Household Energy Efficiency Statistics, headline release March 2020 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
19 March 2020.  Household Energy Efficiency Statistics, headline release (March 2020):

Household Energy Efficiency Statistics, headline release March 2020

Guidance: List of special feature articles by subject published in Energy Trends – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
26 March 2020.  List of special feature articles by subject published in Energy Trends since 2016:

List of special feature articles by subject published in Energy Trends

News: Study: global banks ‘failing miserably’ on climate crisis by funneling trillions into fossil fuels – Guardian Online
18 March 2020, Patrick Greenfield and Kalyeena Makortoff.  Analysis of 35 leading investment banks shows financing of more than $2.66tn for fossil fuel industries since the Paris agreement:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/18/global-banks-climate-crisis-finance-fossil-fuels

News: New chairman and interim CEO announced as Centrica’s senior management is shaken up – Current News
17 March 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Centrica’s board is seeing major change as Charles Berry steps down as Centrica chairman, and Iain Conn officially steps down as CEO:

New chairman and interim CEO announced as Centrica’s senior management is shaken up

News: We need a carbon border tax to get Britain to net zero – City AM
17 March 2020, Eamonn Ives.  Later this year, the eyes of the world will be on the UK as it hosts COP26.  While delegates won’t convene at the UN’s annual climate change conference until mid-November, the government needs to consider now how it can showcase leadership on climate action:

We need a carbon border tax to get Britain to net zero

News: New legislation could accelerate UK onshore wind – Chief Sustainability Officer Magazine
17 March 2020, William Girling.  GlobalData believes that removing the ban on subsidies for onshore wind farms could lead to a breakthrough in UK CO2 mitigation targets:

New legislation could accelerate UK onshore wind

News:  EDF Energy says plans in place to maintain operations at UK nuclear plants – Reuters.com
17 March 2020, Nina Chestney.  EDF Energy has plans in place to maintain operations at its nuclear power plants in Britain during the coronavirus outbreak, it told Reuters:

EDF Energy says plans in place to maintain operations at UK nuclear plants

News:  France’s grid battery ’experiments’ take aim at creating market fit for carbon neutrality – Energy Storage News
16 March 2020, Andy Colthorpe.  An ‘experiment’ in France where grid-scale energy storage will be deployed to assess how batteries can ease congestion on transmission operator RTE’s network is paving the way for further opportunities in the coming decade, Energy-Storage.news has heard:

France’s grid battery ’experiments’ take aim at creating market fit for carbon neutrality

News: Carbon tax rises ‘could fund energy efficiency drive’ – Edie.net
13 March 2020.  The government could siphon off a large chunk of the revenues from increased carbon prices to improve the energy efficiency of fuel poor households, according to a new report from the London School of Economics’ Grantham Institute:

Carbon tax rises ‘could fund energy efficiency drive’

Press release: New digital tool enables easier energy and carbon reporting – Companies House , Financial Reporting Council, and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
13 March 2020.  Businesses can now digitally report energy and carbon data in the same way as financial information:

New digital tool enables easier energy and carbon reporting

News: Budget 2020: Investment falls short of ‘strides’ needed for net zero – Current News
11 March 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The much anticipated Budget has confirmed investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, carbon capture and storage and nuclear fusion:

Budget 2020: Investment falls short of ‘strides’ needed for net zero

Collection:  Smart Meters Statistics – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
12 March 2020.  This series brings together all documents relating to smart meter statistics:

Smart Meters statistics

News: What does the EU’s carbon border adjustment mean for the UK? Parliament UK – Lords Select EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee:
26 February 2020.  The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee takes evidence from academics on the implications of the EU’s proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism for the UK:

What does the EU’s carbon border adjustment mean for the UK?