29/09/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 29/09/20.

Press release: OGA turns attention to flaring and venting of greenhouse gases – Oil & Gas Authority

28 September 2020.  The Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) has for the first time expanded its benchmarking to the flaring and venting of greenhouse gases on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) – detailing flaring and venting activity levels in the North Sea and the resulting contribution to UK oil and gas greenhouse gas emissions:

https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/news/2020/oga-turns-attention-to-flaring-and-venting-of-greenhouse-gases/

News: World’s first commercial-grade hydrogen plane takes flight in UK, as government urged to grow ‘green’ hydrogen sector – Edie.net

25 September 2020.  The first flight of a hydrogen-powered, commercial-grade aircraft has been successfully completed in Bedford, while UK ministers face fresh calls to help scale up the domestic market for hydrogen produced using renewables:

World’s first commercial-grade hydrogen plane takes flight in UK, as government urged to grow ‘green’ hydrogen sector

News:  Renewables near 50% of generation share in Q2 as records continue to be broken – Current News

25 September 2020, Alice Grundy.  The technologies scooped up a 44.6% share of electricity generation in the quarter, a record for Q2 and up 9 percentage points on the share in Q2 2019, according to new statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS):

Renewables near 50% of generation share in Q2 as records continue to be broken

News:  Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’ – BBC News Online

22 September 2020, Matt McGrath.  China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54256826

News:  What’s in Boris Johnson’s climate in tray? – BBC News Online

26 September 2020, Roger Harrabin.  A huge breakthrough in climate policy was signalled this week when China announced it will reduce its emissions to net zero by 2060.  It’s a potentially game-changing leap, following in the footsteps of the UK’s existing 2050 net zero target:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54296828

Article:  Tiny wind turbine generates energy during a brisk walk – Engineering & Technology

24 September 2020.  A “tiny wind turbine” that can scavenge wind energy from breezes created by activity as gentle as a brisk walk has been developed by Chinese researchers. The method is touted as a low-cost and efficient way of using light breezes as a micro-energy source:

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/09/tiny-wind-turbine-generates-energy-during-a-brisk-walk/

Infographic: Promoting a sustainable energy future – Ofgem

25 September 2020.  Facts and figures on the UK energy mix, environmental programmes and offshore transmission:

Infographic: Promoting a sustainable energy future

Infographic: Bills, prices and profits – Ofgem

25 September 2020.  Facts and figures on how Britain’s energy market is structured, larger supplier prices and profits, energy bills and customer switching:

Infographic: Bills, prices and profits

Infographic: Energy company performance – Ofgem

25 September 2020. Facts and figures on consumer complaints, debt, disconnection and enforcement penalties:

Infographic: Energy company performance

News: Future Homes Task Force to ensure housebuilding is aligned to UK’s net-zero target – Edie.net

24 September 2020.  A new cross-sector Future Homes Task Force is set to establish a multi-million-pound Delivery Hub to assist the built environment sector in improving the environmental footprint of new housebuilding:

https://www.edie.net/news/6/Future-Homes-Task-Force-to-ensure-housebuilding-is-aligned-to-UK-s-net-zero-target

National Statistics: Energy Trends: September 2020 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

24 September 2020.  ‘Energy Trends’ is a quarterly bulletin containing statistics on all major aspects of energy in the UK:

Energy Trends: September 2020

News story: PM: ‘Climate action cannot be another victim of coronavirus’ – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

24 September 2020.  PM Boris Johnson will address a UN Climate Action Roundtable hosted by the UN Secretary-General:

PM: ‘Climate action cannot be another victim of coronavirus’

Consultation: Statutory consultation on a proposal to modify licences held by Transmission Owners Electricity System Operator and Gas Distribution Networks in extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 – Ofgem

23 September 2020.  Statutory consultation on a proposal to modify licences held by Transmission Owners, Electricity System Operator, and Gas Distribution Networks in extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19. This statutory consultation follows on from our open letter of July 2020:

Statutory consultation on a proposal to modify licences held by Transmission Owners Electricity System Operator and Gas Distribution Networks in extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19

Open consultation: Proposals for a green gas levy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

22 September 2020.  Views sought on policy options for a new levy on gas suppliers to fund support for green gas injection into the gas grid:

Green gas levy

Press release: Gas goes green as UK takes another step toward net zero – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

22 September 2020.  Government has launched a consultation to scale up green gas and reduce emissions from the gas grid:

Gas goes green as UK takes another step toward net zero

News:  Energy white paper to be published in autumn says Kwarteng – Current News

21 September 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The heavily delayed Energy White Paper will be published in autumn, minister Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed last week:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/energy-white-paper-to-be-published-in-autumn-says-kwarteng

News:  Green Finance Institute launches Zero Carbon Heating Taskforce to unlock investment – Current News

17 September 2020, Molly Lempriere. The Green Finance Institute has launched a Zero Carbon Heating Taskforce, to develop a portfolio of financial solutions to unlock investment in the sector:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/green-finance-institute-launches-zero-carbon-heating-taskforce-to-unlock-investment

News:  Ministers accused of blocking plans to ban burning of UK peatlands – Guardian Online

20 September 2020, Toby Helm and Robin McKie.  Failure to protect fragile moors habitat fans doubts about the government’s green credentials:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/20/ministers-accused-of-blocking-plans-to-ban-burning-of-uk-peatlands

News:  Energy networks: generous profit cap means higher energy bills – Love Money.com

17 September 2020, John Fitzsimons. Ofgem’s new price controls will limit the profits made by energy networks, but do they go far enough?:

https://www.lovemoney.com/news/100179/energy-networks-generous-profit-cap-means-higher-energy-bills

News: Carbon prices to climb 50% over next decade following raised EU climate targets – Edie.net

17 September 2020.  Carbon prices across the European Union (EU) could increase by more than 50% over the next decade, with the bloc’s proposed 55% reduction in emissions set to shape renewables and fossil fuel markets in the long-run, according to new analysis from the Refinitiv Carbon Research team:

Carbon prices to climb 50% over next decade following raised EU climate targets

News:   Plug-in hybrids are a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ – BBC News Online

16 September 2020.  Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are as much as two-and-a-half times higher than official tests suggest, according to new research:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54170207

News:  Hitachi to pull plug on north Wales nuclear power station – Guardian Online

16 September 2020, Justin McCurry.  Scrapping of £16bn project on Anglesey down to lack of UK government investment in new nuclear, says union:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/15/hitachi-to-pull-plug-on-north-wales-nuclear-power-station

Consultation: Reviewing the potential impact of COVID-19 on the default tariff cap: September 2020 policy consultation – Ofgem

14 September 2020.  This policy consultation sets out our initial thinking on how the COVID-19 crisis might have impacted suppliers’ costs, whether we should adjust the default tariff cap (“the cap”), and if so, how:

Reviewing the potential impact of COVID-19 on the default tariff cap: September 2020 policy consultation