27/10/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 27/10/20.

List: List of all electricity licensees including suppliers – Ofgem

21 October 2020. This page contains an up-to-date list of all electricity licensees (including all electricity suppliers):

List of all electricity licensees including suppliers

List: List of all gas licensees including suppliers – Ofgem

21 October 2020. This page contains an up-to-date list of all gas licensees (including all gas suppliers):

List of all gas licensees including suppliers

News: Towards net-zero: The 8 green policies UK businesses are still waiting for – Edie.net

21 October 2020.  The UK Government vowed last week to publish a “comprehensive” net-zero strategy ahead of COP26 in November 2021. But several glaring policy gaps remain. Here, edie rounds up the major policy announcements the green economy is waiting for:

Towards net-zero: The 8 green policies UK businesses are still waiting for

Press release: 11 million households to make savings as government extends cap on energy bills – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

20 October 2020.  Around 11 million households across the UK will be protected from being overcharged on their energy bills thanks to an extension to the government’s Energy Price Cap until the end of next year:

11 million households to make savings as government extends cap on energy bills

News: Energy price cap extended for a year protecting 11m households – City AM

20 October 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  About 11m UK households will be protected from being overcharged for their energy bills for another year after the government decided to extend its price cap. The cap, which saves households on standard variable and default tariffs between £75 and £100 every year, will now last until the end of 2021:

Energy price cap extended for a year protecting 11m households

News:  Government to release Net Zero Strategy ‘raising ambition’ ahead of COP26 – Current News

16 October 2020, Molly Lempriere. The government has committed to releasing a Net Zero Strategy for the UK ahead of the COP26 summit in 2021. In its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) Progress Report – which was released in June and called on the country to seize the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address” the urgent challenges of climate change and COVID-19 together – the UK government has promised to release a comprehensive decarbonisation plan that will help guide the country towards its net zero by 2050 target:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/government-to-release-net-zero-strategy-raising-ambition-ahead-of-cop26

Speech: Ofgem’s vision for a net zero future – Ofgem

16 October 2020.  This is the keynote speech Jonathan Brearley, chief executive of Ofgem, gave at Energy UK’s annual conference on October 15:

Ofgem’s vision for a net zero future

News:  Environmental Audit Committee to look into barriers for heat pump adoption – Current News

14 October 2020, Molly Lempriere.  In light of news that it will take the UK 700 years to move to low carbon heating at its current speed, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced an inquiry into heat pumps:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/environmental-audit-committee-to-look-into-barriers-for-heat-pump-adoption

Speech: Adapting to 4°C of global warming – Emma Howard Boyd and the Environment Agency

13 October 2020.  Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, delivered a speech at the Committee on Climate Change’s “Adapting to 3°C+ of global warming” conference, 13 October 2020:

Adapting to 4°C of global warming

News: Creating fuel from thin air with artificial leaves – BBC News Online

12 October 2020.  The sun produces more than enough energy for human activities, but we still can’t capture enough of it, points out Erwin Reisner, energy and sustainability professor at Cambridge University:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54390932