The UK economy saved nearly £250 million in fuel costs last year by generating its energy more efficiently, new Government figures show. This saving is equivalent to the gas bills of more than 350,000 homes.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today released its annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) for 2015.
The 2014/2015 annual reporting and buy to comply allowance sale windows are open until 23:59 on Friday 31 July 2015. Therefore participants have just a few days remaining to submit their annual report and order sufficient allowances.
This notification is to advise you that after nearly three years as CHP lead at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Chris Parkin is moving on to a new position at the Department for Transport, with a focus on low-carbon vehicles. DECC will shortly be advertising for a replacement to take on the CHP lead position within the department.
E.ON are looking for a Principal Mechanical Design Engineer to join their Community Energy team, based in Citigen; London
Distribution network operator Electricity North West is looking for volunteers to take part in a revolutionary £5.5 million low carbon trial. The Respond project will deliver an intelligent approach to managing fault current and the company is looking for customers with generation or large motors to complete a one-off survey or to sign up for ‘fault current limiting services’.
Thousands of people in Solihull now have warmer and more energy efficient homes, after a £25 million project was completed by British Gas and Solihull Community Housing.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today announced they will set out their plans for future Contracts for Differences (CfD) allocation rounds later this autumn, potentially indicating there may not be an CfD allocation round in 2015. DECC also announced a series of changes to existing renewable subsidies intended to prevent over-spending within the Levy Control Framework (LCF). The Association for Decentralised Energy has prepared a briefing note which provides an overview of these announcements and their impact on renewable CHP sectors.
Measures to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies have been announced today including changes to subsidy for biomass conversions and co-firing projects and consultations on solar PV and FITs.
This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in the UK. The consultation runs for six weeks until 28 August 2015 and responses are welcomed from any organisation or individual but will be of particular interest to operators of installations in the EU ETS small emitters and hospital opt-out scheme.
ENER-G is flying the flag for British manufacturing as a member of the Made in Britain campaign
The Cabinet Office want your help identifying where regulation or the implementation of regulation is causing unnecessary problems in the energy sector.
Last week, the Association hosted a Capacity Market Operational Guidance event with National Grid and Elexon at the ADE Offices.
On Monday 20 July DECC published a summary of the responses that it had received to its call for evidence on Tackling Non-Financial Barriers to Gas CHP. Organisations told the department that policy uncertainty in the sector had been driven by the government’s decision to withdraw CHP Levy Exemption Certificates and National Grid’s decision to change embedded benefits. But there was also a “general agreement” that the non-financial barriers that were identified in DECC’s original analysis were correct.
More than 200 businesses from the construction, property and renewable energy industries have today urged the Chancellor to reconsider the Government’s sudden U-turn over the long-established zero carbon homes policy.
The aim of the evaluation was to understand the actual impact of the CRC (in contrast to the expected impacts) in driving action on energy use and to understand which elements of the policy have or have not worked.
Jeff Douglas, Strategy Manager for The Energy Technologies Institute argues that whilst improving the efficiency of homes is important, this alone will not deliver the emissions reduction we need. It sounds a daunting task, but we believe measures that substantially reduce heat demand can be a cost-effective system investment – if applied selectively to around 25% of the UK’s housing stock. What’s needed is a holistic plan, combining these efficiency measures with low carbon heat sources. Read his blog post and check out the ETI's heat infographic.
Ministers’ failure to support manufacturing over high energy prices has significantly contributed to the loss of 720 jobs at Tata Streel in Rotherham, Unite, the country largest union, said today (Thursday 15 July). Unite, which has about 200 members at the Rotherham site, said the UK’s high energy costs, compared with steel competitors in Germany and the Far East were too high – and the government needed to create a level playing field to help the UK steel industry remain competitive.
The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a multi-faceted centre of excellence uniquely placed to deliver a step change in the nature and impact of energy research in the UK through its expertise, credibility and its foundation in the Midlands economic region. The Government has confirmed £60 million for the initial first phase of ERA and this was announced by George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of the 2015 Budget. Attend their event to find out more.
The average household energy bill has risen by £120 over the past five years purely due to ill thought through energy and climate policies which fail to put affordability at the heart of policymaking. The Customer is Always Right argues that while the energy companies have been accused by various bodies, including politicians, for not doing more to lower bills, government is as much to blame.