26/11/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 26/11/20.

News: National Infrastructure Strategy unveiled detailing ‘ambitious’ energy commitments – Current News

25 November 2020, Alice Grundy.  Measures to improve the UK’s green infrastructure – including the creation of a UK infrastructure bank, a ramping up of electric vehicle (EV) policy and funding for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) – have been detailed by the government:

National Infrastructure Strategy unveiled detailing ‘ambitious’ energy commitments

News: Government’s heat pumps plan ‘doomed to fail due to engineering skills shortage’ – Energy Live News

26 November 2020, Dimitris Mavrokefalidis.  More than 90% of the UK’s heating system engineers are not trained to properly install modern condensing gas boilers, according to a new report:

News: Rishi Sunak unveils wealth of net zero funding in Spending Review – Energy Live News

25 November 2020, Dimitris Mavrokefalidis.  The new spending plan laid out by the UK government prioritises the decarbonisation of transport, the net zero research and the revival of nature:

News: Energy firms call on government to embrace emissions trading after Brexit transition ends – City AM

24 November 2020, Edward Thicknesse. Leading energy companies have urged the UK to embrace carbon trading after the Brexit transition period concludes and not adopt a carbon tax instead:

News: UK government to subsidise onshore renewable energy projects – Guardian Online

24 November 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  Energy companies will compete for contracts in auction at end of 2021:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/24/uk-government-to-subsidise-onshore-renewable-energy-projects

Press release: Ofgem consults on COVID-19 costs in energy price cap – Ofgem

20 November 2020.  To account for the impact of COVID-19 on the efficient costs of supplying domestic default tariff customers, Ofgem is consulting on proposals to amend the default tariff price cap’s ‘Adjustment Allowance’ from April 1 2021:

Ofgem consults on COVID-19 costs in energy price cap

News: Ten Point Plan reactions: A ‘vital step forward’, but does it go far enough? – Current News

18 November 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson released his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to a mixed response from the energy sector:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ten-point-plan-reactions-a-vital-step-forward-but-does-it-go-far-enough

Research Briefing: Fuel Poverty – House of Commons Library

18 November 2020.  This Library briefing note summarises the levels of fuel poverty across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comment on the issue:

Fuel Poverty

Research Briefing: Energy bills and tariff caps – House of Commons Library

18 November 2020.  This Library briefing paper provides a summary of the UK energy market, a breakdown of the components of energy bills, and details of concerns and reforms in the market, including the tariff cap:

Energy bills and tariff caps

News: Government takes historic step towards net-zero with end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030

Department for Transport, Office for Low Emission Vehicles, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

18 November 2020.  Sales of new petrol and diesel cars to end in the UK by 2030:

Government takes historic step towards net-zero with end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030

Policy paper:  The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street

18 November 2020.  The ten point plan sets out the approach government will take to build back better, support green jobs, and accelerate our path to net zero:

The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution

Authored article: Prime Minister’s article in the Financial Times: 18 November 2020 – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

18 November 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s piece in the Financial Times:

Prime Minister’s article in the Financial Times: 18 November 2020

Press release: PM outlines his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

18 November 2020.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs:

PM outlines his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs

News: Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM’s green plan – BBC News Online

18 November 2020, Roger Harrabin.  New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54981425

News: Boris Johnson unveils £12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition – Edie.net

18 November 2020.  Clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), zero-carbon transport and offshore wind are all key pillars of Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan to push the UK towards net-zero emissions, which will be backed by £12bn in Government investment and aim to create 250,000 new green jobs:

Boris Johnson unveils £12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

News –  ‘An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution’: Reaction to Boris Johnson’s Ten Point net-zero plan – Edie.net

18 November 2020.  Green groups have welcomed a new Ten Point Llan from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build towards the net-zero emissions target, but the lack of a clear roadmap is dampening an otherwise monumental green policy moment:

‘An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution’: Reaction to Boris Johnson’s Ten Point net-zero plan

Press release: UK appoints champion to spur business on to net zero emissions – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

17 November 2020.  The Prime Minister has appointed Andrew Griffith MP as the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion to support the country’s business community to make credible plans to net zero by 2050 or earlier:

UK appoints champion to spur business on to net zero emissions

News: Boris Johnson announces 10-point green plan with 250,000 jobs – Guardian Online

17 November 2020, Peter Walker and Jessica Elgot. Labour says proposals, some of which had already been trailed, are ‘deeply disappointing’:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/17/boris-johnson-announces-10-point-green-plan-with-250000-jobs

Open consultation: Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company Operational Costs 2021 to 2022 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

16 November 2020.  Views sought on the proposed 2021 to 2022 operational cost budgets and resulting levies for the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) and the Electricity Settlements Company (ESC):

Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company Operational Costs 2021 to 2022

Press release: UK government launches taskforce to support drive for 2 million green jobs by 2030 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Education, Gillian Keegan MP, and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

12 November 2020.  Government sets clear ambition to create green jobs, launching new Green Jobs Taskforce to set the direction for the job market as we transition to a high-skill, low carbon economy:

UK government launches taskforce to support drive for 2 million green jobs by 2030

22. News: Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK – BBC News Online

11 November 2020, Justin Rowlatt.  A consortium led by Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54703204