28/03/23 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 28/03/23.

Research Briefing: Fuel poverty in the UK – House of Commons Library

24 March 2023. Record energy price rises have led to concern that more families will be drawn into ever deeper fuel poverty. This briefing at how fuel poverty varies across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comment on the issue:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8730/

News: £1.8 billion DESNZ funding set to support solar installations – Solar Panel Portal

23 March 2023, George Heynes. Under new plans released by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), heat pumps and solar panel installations will be included as part of £1.8 billion plans to boost energy efficiency in buildings:

Link: https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/1.8_billion_desnz_funding_set_to_support_solar_installations

Blog: Driving Net Zero: how Ofgem is creating an energy network for the future – Ofgem

22 March 2023, Akshay Kaul. The war in Ukraine has heightened the UK’s focus on the need for a reliable energy system that is less dependent on gas imports. As Great Britain’s energy regulator, it is Ofgem’s job to pave the way for a large investment in infrastructure:

Link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/news-and-views/blog/driving-net-zero-how-ofgem-creating-energy-network-future

Research Briefing: Tackling the energy trilemma – House of Commons Library

22 March 2023. A debate in the Commons Chamber on the Thursday 23 March on tackling the energy trilemma. The subject for the debate was been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, and the debate was opened by Dame Andrea Leadsom MP:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2023-0074/

News: £100m boost for biggest UK hydro scheme in decades – BBC News Online

21 March 2023, James Cook. A giant hydro scheme which would double the UK’s ability to store energy for long periods is taking a leap forward with a £100m investment by SSE:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-65015217

Press release: UK confirms £205 million budget to power more of Britain from Britain – Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and The Rt Hon Graham Stuart MP

16 March 2023. UK government confirms budget for this year’s Contracts for Difference scheme as it enters its first annual auction, boosting energy security:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-confirms-205-million-budget-to-power-more-of-britain-from-britain

Open DESNZ consultation: Decarbonisation readiness: updates to the 2009 Carbon Capture Readiness requirements – Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

13 March 2023. Views sought on proposals for updates to the 2009 Carbon Capture Readiness requirements. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 24 April 2023:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/decarbonisation-readiness-updates-to-the-2009-carbon-capture-readiness-requirements

News: Extra costs for customers on prepayment meters to be scrapped in budget – Guardian Online

11 March 2023. Treasury says move will save four million households £45 a year on their energy bills:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2023/mar/11/extra-costs-for-customers-on-prepayment-meters-to-be-scrapped-in-budget

News: Scientists discover how to make electricity ‘out of thin air’ – The Independent Online

10 March 2023, Anthony Cuthbertson. Huc enzyme means ‘sky is quite literally the limit for using it to produce clean energy,’ researchers say:

Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/electricity-from-thin-air-enzyme-clean-energy-b2297860.html

News: Government ‘asleep at the wheel’ over 2035 zero-carbon grid target, says Climate Change Committee – Energy Voice

9 March 2023, Andrew Dykes. Government advisors say hydrogen, CCUS, storage and smarter demand must all be rolled out faster if the UK is to achieve a zero-carbon electricity system by 2035:

Link: https://www.energyvoice.com/renewables-energy-transition/488545/government-asleep-at-the-wheel-over-2035-zero-carbon-grid-target-says-climate-change-committee/

News: Fossil fuels received £20bn more UK support than renewables since 2015 – Guardian Online

9 March 2023, Helena Horton. Exclusive: One-fifth of money given directly to fossil fuel industry was to support new extraction and mining:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/09/fossil-fuels-more-support-uk-than-renewables-since-2015

CCC Report: Delivering a reliable decarbonised power system – Climate Change Committee

9 March 2023. This report illustrates what a reliable, resilient, decarbonised electricity supply system could look like in 2035, and the steps required to achieve it:

Link: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/delivering-a-reliable-decarbonised-power-system/

Response: To the publication of the REMA consultation summary – Cornwall Insight

7 March 2023, Tom Faulkner. On 7th March the government published the summary of responses received from its Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) consultation. The responses received showed the industry has expressed strong support (92% agreement) for energy market reform that prioritises decarbonisation, security of supply, and cost-effectiveness:

Link: https://www.cornwall-insight.com/our-response-to-the-publication-of-the-rema-consultation-summary/

Response: Government response to consultation on Review of Electricity Market Arrangements – Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

March 2023. The review of electricity market arrangements (“REMA”) consultation opened on 18 July 2022

and closed on 10 October 2022. REMA encompasses all electricity-related (non-retail) markets, and all technologies are within scope to the extent that they currently do, or potentially could, participate in these electricity markets:

Link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1140189/review_of_electricity_market_arrangements_summary_of_responses.pdf