A year on from their launch, National Grid are hosting the second annual Power Responsive Conference, supported by the ADE and Energy UK, to bring together energy industry experts with business customers looking to explore Demand Side Response.
For those that haven’t yet completed it, the survey will be closing on 31 May and we encourage you to fill it in by then so Ofgem have a better evidence base to inform their further work in this area.
Low carbon district heating networks could succeed without subsidy from 2021 if put on a level playing field with other networks, says a new report published today by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE). The report says that a regulatory investment framework would put heat networks on par with water and energy networks, enabling large investors to consider these different infrastructure assets the same way and helping to drive down heat costs for customers.
Sludge could be one answer to the UK’s energy crisis is sludge according to the UK’s leading resource management company, Veolia. More human waste should be being turned into energy for the National Grid, as an unprecedented “energy gap” looms in a decade’s time. Now more advanced technologies mean that biogas from all the available sewage could now deliver an estimated 1,697GWh - enough electricity to power over half a million homes.
Welsh Government and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are hosting a workshop on 14 June to discuss how to boost heat network deployment.
This consultation seeks input on the future level of support for micro CHP and AD and builds further on proposals put forward in the previous consultation on sustainability for AD.
Ofgem has published their conclusions on the barriers to elective half-hourly settlement, and explains the next steps we think the industry should take.
The Association has prepared a draft response to proposed revisions to the CHP Quality Assurance (CHPQA) Scheme. The consultation document presents proposals for modifications to the CHPQA Standard and Guidance Note 44 (GN44), which are necessary to incorporate the EU’s updated energy efficiency reference values. It invites stakeholder comments on these, and lays out the next steps for implementing the proposed changes.
Industry experts have told a new study that the UK is making little progress in the development of energy efficiency policies, and that policy-makers appear not to regard it as “an opportunity and focus on the supply side”. The Energy Efficiency Watch report, prepared by Ecofys and the Wuppertal Institute, highlighted a widespread belief among experts that the UK was unlikely to meet its energy efficiency targets, while many also felt it was lagging behind in its obligation to ensure that all new buildings were “nearly zero-energy” by 2020.
As part of its privatisation process, GIB will issue a special share in the company upon transfer of its ownership from the UK Government to a new owner. The special share will be held by a newly incorporated organisation called the Green Purposes Company Ltd (GPC). That company will be run by independent trustees. The Nominations Committee is now seeking nominations for these permanent independent trustees. Find out more about the process here.
This week, the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), whose members include major manufacturers British Sugar and Boots UK, spoke out over growing concerns that a forthcoming Government review could increase energy costs by millions of pounds. The ADE estimates that the changes being considered by the review could increase industrial manufacturers and other local energy users’ energy costs by more than £170m. Some manufacturers could see their energy bill rise by nearly £3m a year. Read the press release and get the link for our article in the Financial Times.
Having doubled aggregated demand response capacity under its management to 500 MW last year, REstore is now seeking to extend existing relationships with large consumers who are starting to see the benefits of participating in Europe’s ancillary power markets. REstore has signed a new demand response framework agreement with French petrochemicals giant Total, the European demand response aggregator said May 11.
Ofgem recently published its proposed changes to the Capacity Market Rules for the 2016 auctions and an updated copy of the Capacity Market Rules showing the proposed changes. Ofgem are inviting views on the proposed amendments to the Rules, and in particular on connection capacity proposals and around DSR component reallocation. The Association has prepared a draft response, which we invite members to review and provide comment.
Clarke Energy, GE’s authorised distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in Algeria, has been selected by the Cevital Group to supply a 39.6 megawatts (MW) on-site power plant for the group’s Brandt household electronic appliances factory in the city of Setif, along with their Laminoir factory in Oran. The natural gas-fueled stations will utilise nine of GE’s 4.4-MW, J624 Jenbacher gas engines to support two factories’ expansion.
Eurosite Power is now operating a 100 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system at the recently completed Flitwick Leisure Centre, Bedfordshire, UK.
The new London Mayor has committed to being the greenest Mayor ever. Where should he start, and how should he get there? This free morning event will give attendees an opportunity to discuss how local authorities, property developers, and energy service providers can help him to achieve his manifesto commitments.
Researchers at the University of Oxford have launched a five-year programme to investigate ways of relieving peak demands on the UK’s electricity grid that also might make energy bills cheaper too.
The University of Northampton is relocating to its new £330m Waterside Campus, located on a 58 acre brownfield site, and Vital Energi have completed the 1,600m district heating network which will carry low-carbon heat and hot water throughout the campus.
The Queen’s Speech has confirmed the government’s plans to introduce legislation to implement the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) proposed energy market remedies. The Better Markets Bill—announced on Wednesday 18 May—will aim to “open up markets, boost competition, give consumers more powers and choice and make economic regulators work better”.
ENGIE (formerly Cofely GDF SUEZ) has been selected to form a Joint Venture (JV) with Cheshire East Council to create a new flagship company to promote eco-efficient district heating networks in the Borough.