28/04/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 28/04/20

Open consultation: Future support for low carbon heat – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

28 April 2020.  Views sought on options for the future support for low carbon heat, beyond the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI):

Future support for low carbon heat

News:  BEIS looks to relax Capacity Market rules in response to COVID-19 – Current News

27 April 2020, Alice Grundy.  The rules and regulations of the Capacity Market (CM) may be changed the government has said, due to the impact of COVID-19 on holders of capacity agreements:

BEIS looks to relax Capacity Market rules in response to COVID-19

News:  SEA calls on government to bring in carbon intensity standard to decarbonise heat – Current News

23 April 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has called on the government to bring in a carbon intensity standard to help drive down emissions in heating:

SEA calls on government to bring in carbon intensity standard to decarbonise heat

News:  Coronavirus recovery plan ‘must tackle climate change’ – BBC News Online

25 April 2020, Roger Harrabin.  Tackling climate change must be woven into the solution to the Covid-19 economic crisis, the UK will tell governments next week. Environment ministers from 30 countries are meeting in a two-day online conference in a bid to make progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52418624

Open consultation: Capacity Market: proposal to relax the rules temporarily in response to COVID-19 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

24 April 2020.  Views sought on ways to relax certain Capacity Market obligations and deadlines, reduce the burden and minimise terminations during COVID-19:

Capacity Market: proposal to relax the rules temporarily in response to COVID-19

Guidance: Smart meters: radio waves and health – Public Health England

23 April 2020.  Guidelines on exposure to radio signals from smart meters:

Smart meters: radio waves and health

News: CCC boss: Green and resilient economic recovery can push UK towards net-zero target – Edie.net

22 April 2020.  The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark believes the UK Government should prioritise a green and resilient economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic that doesn’t lock in fossil fuels and puts the nation on an upwards trajectory towards a socially just net-zero transformation:

CCC boss: Green and resilient economic recovery can push UK towards net-zero target

News: UK smashes solar generation record – Edie.net

21 April 2020.  Solar use in the UK broke an all-time peak generation record on Monday (20 April), accounting for almost 30% of UK electricity demand, with the UK also operating for more than 11 consecutive days without coal:

UK smashes solar generation record

News:  Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ asks: what if green energy cannot save the planet? – Reuters

21 April 2020, Jill Serjeant.  As environmentalists celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week, a new documentary poses a sobering question:

Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ asks: what if green energy cannot save the planet?

Collection: Annual statements of emissions – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 April 2020.  Annual statements of emissions required under section 16 of the Climate Change Act 2008:

Annual statements of emissions

Research and analysis: Second Climate Change Agreements scheme: evaluation – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

16 April 2020.  Evaluation findings on the second Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme:

Second Climate Change Agreements scheme: evaluation

Letter: Call for evidence on ESO performance over the 2019-20 regulatory period – Ofgem

16 April 2020.  Stakeholder views are a key component of the criteria that will be used to assess the ESO’s performance as part of its regulatory and incentives framework. Ofgem want to pool the knowledge and experience of a wide array of industry parties and independent experts in order to gain a comprehensive picture of the ESO’s performance:

Call for evidence on ESO performance over the 2019-20 regulatory period

News: Almost half of UK’s carbon emissions not accounted for under net-zero target, report warns – Edie.net

16 April 2020.  The UK’s net-zero target is failing to account for emissions from overseas manufacturing of products imported into the country, a figure which a new report from WWF claims accounts for 46% of the UK’s annual carbon footprint:

Almost half of UK’s carbon emissions not accounted for under net-zero target, report warns

News:  CfD auction set to be highly competitive with over 10GW likely to compete – Current News

15 April 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The upcoming Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction is set to be highly competitive, with over 10GW of capacity likely to compete:

CfD auction set to be highly competitive with over 10GW likely to compete