27/07/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 27/07/20

News: UK unveils £350m CCS, hydrogen fund to decarbonise industry – Current News

22 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced £350 million worth of funding to help decarbonise industry, including dedicated funding for green hydrogen:

UK unveils £350m CCS, hydrogen fund to decarbonise industry

Consultation: Consultation on Capacity Market Rules change proposals – Ofgem

22 July 2020.  This consultation outlines Ofgem’s initial views on the changes they are considering to the Capacity Market Rules 2014:

Consultation on Capacity Market Rules change proposals

Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20 – Ofgem

22 July 2020.  Our annual report and accounts covers our work from April 2019 to March 2020:

Ofgem Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20

Article:  Government’s green homes plan risks ‘throwing people into the arms of scammers’, MPs warn – Politics Home

22 July 2020, Eleanor Langford, MPs have warned the Government that a “rushed” energy-saving scheme could leave homeowners at risk of being exploited by scammers and rogue traders:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/exclusive-green-homes-grant-risks-throwing-homeowners-in-the-arms-of-scammers-lib-dem-mps-warn

Press release: PM commits £350 million to fuel green recovery 

22 July 2020.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces £350 million is being made available to cut emissions in heavy industry and drive economic recovery from coronavirus:

PM commits £350 million to fuel green recovery

News: Campaigners launch legal challenge against UK’s green recovery plans – Guardian Online

21 July 2020, Matthew Taylor.  Plan B says government proposals unlawful in light of obligations to cut emissions:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/21/legal-challenge-against-uk-government-green-recovery-plans

News:  All-party group calls on government to ‘scale-up’ net zero efforts in wake of COVID-19 – Current News

21 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  A cross party group of MPs has called on the government to ‘scale-up’ its efforts to reach net zero, by implementing its ten point action plan:

All-party group calls on government to ‘scale-up’ net zero efforts in wake of COVID-19

Open consultation: Carbon Emissions Tax – HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs

21 July 2020.  Comments welcome on questions about how, if introduced, the Carbon Emissions Tax would operate and on proposals for development of the tax:

Carbon Emissions Tax

Article: To deliver Net Zero by 2050, the 2020s really have to be the decade of delivery – Politics Home

21 July 2020, Steve Holliday, President, Energy Institute. “Only with ambitious clean energy action at home can we inspire reciprocal action from countries around the world.  Energy professionals in my experience are a pretty hard-headed bunch”:

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/to-deliver-net-zero-by-2050-the-2020s-really-have-to-be-the-decade-of-delivery

Article:  A Green Recovery can deliver for the economy, society and our planet – Politics Home

21 July 2020, Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive, Energy UK.  “The £3bn for energy efficiency is welcome but we must go further and move faster, in line with advice from scientists like the Committee on Climate Change”:

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/a-green-recovery-can-deliver-for-the-economy-society-and-our-planet

News: Investment to decarbonise aviation must be ‘supercharged’ in Covid-19 recovery plans, MPs urge – Edie.net

21 July 2020.  “Supercharging” investment in decarbonising the UK’s aviation sector would provide a “golden opportunity” in the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, a coalition of 35 cross-party MPs have told the Treasury:

Investment to decarbonise aviation must be ‘supercharged’ in Covid-19 recovery plans, MPs urge

News: Government support for electrification of heat: Is the UK really serious about climate change? – Current News

17 July 2020, Bean Beanland, Chairman of the GSHPA & Heat Pump Federation.  COVID-19 has played havoc with much of the building industry over the last four months and the damage to the heat pump sector has been considerable:

Government support for electrification of heat: Is the UK really serious about climate change?

News: Can a hydrogen boom fuel a green recovery for Britain? – Guardian Online

19 July 2020, Julian Coman.  The UK has lost its lead in windpower and batteries, but there is one eco fuel that could transform its post-Covid fortunes…:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/19/can-a-hydrogen-boom-fuel-a-green-recovery-for-britain

News: Onshore wind and solar ‘could boost UK economy by £29bn’ – Edie.net

17 July 2020.  BEIS and the Treasury are being urged to remove barriers to onshore renewable energy projects as part of their Covid-19 recovery planning, in a new report claiming that ‘shovel-ready’ renewables could provide a £28.9bn boost to the UK economy:

Onshore wind and solar ‘could boost UK economy by £29bn’

Research and analysis: Renewable Energy Planning Database quarterly extract – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17 July 2020.  The results of BEIS’ renewable project monitoring work are recorded each quarter. This document is a quarterly extract of that database:

Renewable Energy Planning Database quarterly extract

News:  Less than 2% of heat pumps needed are being installed – Current News

15 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  Less than 2% of the heat pumps needed to decarbonise the UK’s homes are currently being installed by the government:

Less than 2% of heat pumps needed are being installed

Research and analysis: Offshore transmission network review – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

5 July 2020.  A review into the way that the offshore transmission network is designed and delivered, consistent with the ambition to deliver net zero emissions by 2050:

Offshore transmission network review

News: Create net-zero development bank to spur post-Brexit low-carbon transition, MPs urge – Edie.net

15 July 2020.  By creating a National Investment Bank with an explicit net-zero mandate, Ministers could reap the benefits of the UK’s Brexit transition period, Covid-19 recovery planning and low-carbon transition simultaneously, MPs, economists and local leaders are urging:

Create net-zero development bank to spur post-Brexit low-carbon transition, MPs urge

News:  Battery projects could triple in Britain as government lifts barriers – Current News

14 July 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The British government has relaxed planning legislation, in a move that could triple the number of batteries serving the grid:

Battery projects could triple in Britain as government lifts barriers

News: Alok Sharma: Energy White Paper and Heat Strategy coming this Autumn – Edie.net

15 July 2020.  Following months of delays and amid mounting pressure from businesses and climate advisors alike, the UK Government will publish the Energy White Paper, Heat Strategy and Buildings Strategy alongside the Autumn Statement, Alok Sharma has confirmed:

Alok Sharma: Energy White Paper and Heat Strategy coming this Autumn

Press release: Battery storage boost to power greener electricity grid – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

14 July 2020.  Government to relax planning legislation to make it easier to construct large batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms across the UK:

Battery storage boost to power greener electricity grid

Research and analysis: National Grid ESO Electricity capacity report 2020: findings of the Panel of Technical Experts – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

14 July 2020.  Report by the independent Panel of Technical Experts providing advice on the National Grid ESO’s Electricity Capacity Report for delivery years 2021 to 2022 and 2024 to 2025:

National Grid ESO Electricity capacity report 2020: findings of the Panel of Technical Experts

Correspondence: Capacity Market auction parameters: letter from BEIS to National Grid ESO, July 2020 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

14 July 2020.  Letter setting out the Capacity Market auction parameters for the T-1 auction for 2021 to 2022 and the T-4 auction for 2024 to 2025:

Capacity Market auction parameters: letter from BEIS to National Grid ESO, July 2020