26/06/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 26/06/20

News: Open Access Government: What are the UK’s priorities for energy policy including electric vehicles today?

25 June 2020.  Megan Warrender of Open Access Government explores Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, led by Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP’s, priorities for energy policy in response to COVID-19:

What are the UK’s priorities for energy policy including electric vehicles today?

News:  Ofgem to bring in new checks on energy suppliers – City AM

25 June 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  The UK’s energy watchdog will put in place more stringent checks on the country’s energy suppliers after a spate of collapses over the last two years:

Ofgem to bring in new checks on energy suppliers

News: ‘We’re still walking when we should run’: Green economy leaders urge Ministers to implement latest CCC recommendations – Edie.net

25 June 2020.  Key organisations and individuals from across the UK’s green economy have backed the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) latest progress report to Parliament, urging Ministers to seize the “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to create a green Covid-19 recovery:

https://www.edie.net/news/11/-We-re-still-walking-when-we-should-run—Green-economy-leaders-urge-Ministers-to-implement-latest-CCC-recommendations

Guidance: List of special feature articles by subject published in Energy Trends – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

25 June 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

Collection: Quarterly Energy Prices – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

25 June 2020.  This series brings together all documents relating to Quarterly Energy Prices statistical publication:

Quarterly Energy Prices

Article:  Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben on why it would be ‘stupid’ not to use the coronavirus recovery to go for net zero – Politics Home

25 June 2002, Eleanor Langford.  As lockdown is lifted, ministers are grappling with how to safeguard the British economy amid forecasts of a crippling recession. Meanwhile, the promised “defining year of action” on climate change has slipped out of focus. But could the government ease the effect the pandemic and advance its climate goals in one fell swoop?:

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/coronavirus-rebooting-economy-reach-net-zero-amazing-opportunity

News: UK electric buses boosted by innovative £20m battery deal – Guardian Online

23 June 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  One of Britain’s biggest battery companies has secured a loan to help increase the UK’s electric bus fleet by taking ownership of the batteries inside scores of UK buses:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/23/uk-electric-buses-battery-deal-zenobe-energy

News:  EVs can offer UK £24 billion opportunity as demand ramps up – Current News

22 June 2020, Alice Grundy.  Electric vehicles (EVs) present a £24 billion opportunity for the UK if a number of opportunities are seized by UK organisations. This is according to a report from the Advanced Propulsion Centre looking into opportunities from the electrification of passenger cars over the next five years for firms involved in the EV supply chain:

EVs can offer UK £24 billion opportunity as demand ramps up

News: ‘Hydrogen can meet 50% of UK energy demand by 2050’ – ReNews.biz

24 June 2020.  Hydrogen can meet up to half of the UK’s final energy demand by 2050 and play a significant role in meeting the country’s net-zero emissions targets, according to research by Aurora Energy Research:

‘Hydrogen can meet 50% of UK energy demand by 2050’

Report:  Rebuilding the UK economy: fairer, cleaner, more resilient – Energy.uk

June 2020.  Energy UK will work closely in partnership with Government to seize these opportunities, to promote economic growth and to ensure that our net-zero target by 2050 remains a priority when we envision our future:

https://www.energy-uk.org.uk/publication.html?task=file.download&id=7561

Article:  Ministers urged to use coronavirus economic recovery plan to slash carbon emissions – Politics Home

23 June 2020, Eleanor Langford.  Six select committee chairs have written to the Prime Minister urging him to use the coronavirus economic recovery plan as a chance to also slash carbon emissions:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/citizens-climate-assembly-urges-government-to-consider-net-zero-targets-in-postlockdown-recovery-plan

News: Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers – Guardian Online

21 June 2020, Robin McKie.  Committee urges that companies must meet green standards to qualify for Covid-19 corporate bailouts:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/21/britain-still-failing-on-climate-crisis-warn-advisers

News:  National Grid prepares for £400m hit from COVID-19 – Current News

18 June 2020, Molly Lempriere.  National Grid is expecting underlying operating profits to take a £400 million hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of this will be because of the impact on the company’s operations in the US, with higher bad debt charges expected in that market. Cash flow could be effected by as much as a £1 billion by the end of the 2021 financial year, the company has said in its full year 2019/2020 results today:

National Grid prepares for £400m hit from COVID-19

News:  Smart meter installation period extended but ‘ambitious’ new targets to follow – Current News

19 June 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The government has extended the obligation to take All Reasonable Steps (ARS) to install smart meters by six months, as a result of COVID-19:

Smart meter installation period extended but ‘ambitious’ new targets to follow

Article:  We need a national retrofit programme to deliver our 2050 goals – Politics Home

22 June 2020, Institution of Engineering and Technology.  All housing in the UK must have zero carbon emissions from space and water heating:

We need a national retrofit programme to deliver our 2050 goals

Article:  The energy sector can power a sustainable, green recovery. Here’s how – Politics Home

22 June 2020, Sam Hollister.  Director of Economics and Corporate Services, Energy UK.  Big ambitious infrastructure programmes to upgrade our housing, decarbonise transport and create a modern flexible energy system, along with the development of industrial clusters based around new low carbon technologies, will provide exactly the scale of economic stimulus we need:

The energy sector can power a sustainable, green recovery. Here’s how

Blog:  Brexit – The future of the UK-EU energy market: what the draft UK and EU agreements can tell us – Lexology

18 June 2020, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.  “On 18 March 2020, the European Commission published a draft text of the Agreement on the New Partnership with the UK (the EU’s “draft agreement”); a previous draft of which had been published on 12 March 2020…:

Brexit – The future of the UK-EU energy market: what the draft UK and EU agreements can tell us

Open consultation: Smart meter coordinated consumer engagement – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

18 June 2020.  Proposals to update Smart Energy GB’s objectives, strengthen its governance, and revise its funding model, to focus on supporting the next phase of the rollout:

Smart meter coordinated consumer engagement

Consultation oucome:  Smart meter policy framework post 2020 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

18 June 2020. Consultation on proposals to develop a policy framework for smart meters post 2020:

Smart meter policy framework post 2020

Press release: Government sets out plans to drive up smart meter installations – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Lord Callanan

18 June 2020.  Government sets out new plans for the installation of smart meters in households across the country, so consumers can continue to cut their energy bills and carbon emissions:

Government sets out plans to drive up smart meter installations

Open letter: Impact of COVID-19 on retail energy supply companies – regulatory expectations from 1 July 2020 – Ofgem

16 June 2020.  An open letter to all retail energy supply companies about their regulatory obligations during the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis:

Impact of COVID-19 on retail energy supply companies – regulatory expectations from 1 July 2020

Article:  Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is central to a green recovery – Politics Home

15 June 2020, Wera Hobhouse MP.  Investing in improving the energy efficiency of our homes has the potential to create desperately needed jobs, as well as helping to achieve a carbon zero future, protecting our planet for future generations:

Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is central to a green recovery

News:  As a dividend freeze sweeps the FTSE, will National Grid power up investors? – Guardian Online

14 June 2020, Jasper Jolly.  The owner of the UK’s high-voltage network may cut returns to shareholders, but don’t bank on it:

Observer business agenda / Will National Grid power up investors?

Article: UK considers ending financial support for fossil fuels overseas – MSN – Guardian

12 June 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  The UK government is considering steps to end its ongoing financial support for fossil fuels overseas after using £3.5bn of public funds to support polluting projects since signing the Paris climate agreement:

UK considers ending financial support for fossil fuels overseas

News: Green building advocates ‘underwhelmed’ by EU recovery plan – Edie.net

14 June 2020.  When the European Commission unveiled its proposed €750bn recovery fund two weeks ago, green activists were expecting a detailed spending programme, with billions of euros allocated to clean mobility, renewables, and an upcoming EU-wide building renovation wave. Those working in the built environment space have, however, expressed disappointment:

Green building advocates ‘underwhelmed’ by EU recovery plan

Open Consultation:  Combined Heat and Power (CHP): the route to 2050 – call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

12 June 2020.  Views sought on the future role of efficient co-generation of heat and power to support achievement of our net zero emissions target by 2050:

Combined Heat and Power (CHP): the route to 2050 – call for evidence

Open consultation: Energy-related products: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

12 June 2020.  Evidence sought to support future UK products policy and aim to achieve greater carbon savings:

Energy-related products: call for evidence