Ofgem has announced funding of £62.8 million for nine innovation projects as part of its revolutionary innovation competition to deliver smarter energy network for consumers. The funding is provided under Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition (NIC), which encourages energy network companies to enhance innovation to reduce costs for consumer while helping deliver a low carbon future.
Innovation, ambition and future thinking were at the heart of the Association for Decentralised Energy’s annual awards dinner last night.
The Government’s Spending Review announced £300m in funding to support 200 heat networks across the country, opening the door to £2 billion of infrastructure investments in UK cities.
The government announced on 25 November that it was to cancel its £1bn commercialisation competition for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
Earlier today, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced details of the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement. This briefing provides an overview of the announcements that will be of interest to ADE members. This includes details of £300m for heat networks, £295m for public sector energy efficiency, and the continuation of a reduced RHI.
Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) has today warned that, based on current energy efficiency policies, the UK Government will miss their fuel poverty target in England by 80 years. In addition, some fuel poor households could be waiting over 230 years to receive some insulation measures. The new figures have been released ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and the publication of the ONS’s Excess Winter Death figures for last year across England and Wales (both will be released on Wednesday 25 November)
During a meeting of the Energy and Climate Change Committee on security of supply, MPs heard from key spokespeople from National Grid on security of supply over winter and arrangements for meeting demand through balancing services.
First GB–wide independent heat customer protection scheme goes live
ENER-G has launched a new range of 'ultra-low' NOx Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems (50kWe to 230kWe) that are achieving a five-fold reduction in emissions.
UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has today announced that it has now committed £2.3bn to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1bn. The announcement was made almost three years to the day that the organisation was officially declared open.
A self-contained, fully maintained combined heat and power unit generating 25 kWe and 60 kWth from biomass wood pellets has been launched into the UK market for commercial applications.
The Energy Secretary can unlock billions of pounds of heat infrastructure investment with a new policy framework set out by the decentralised energy industry today. The proposals call for an end to punitive business rates, a better sharing of investment risk to lower the cost of building networks, and an extension of the Government’s heat network advice body.
EU industry reduced consumption by 15% between 2005 and 2013 according to a release by the European Commission.
To celebrate Out-Law's 15th birthday they are looking ahead to the big changes facing business in the next five years. In this edition the focus is: The centuries-old concept of 'district heating' is growing in prominence again and could revolutionise the way Britons heat their homes and other properties in the years to come.
Nicky Gavron, London Assembly Member, asked the Mayor during Question Time yesterday whether he had lobbied Government on Zero Carbon Homes. Mr Johnson responded that London would continue with its commitment to zero carbon homes past 2016 through the London Plan.
New research by Scottish Renewables shows local authorities in Scotland have invested almost £8 million making sure 225 schools, 17 leisure centres, 17 care homes and 63 other public buildings across Scotland are heated by renewable energy – but 24,806 are not.
As the first winter storms arrive, every home and business across the country turns its attention to one thing: heat. The Government’s ambition for heat has been clearly stated: a less wasteful, lower carbon and more affordable system. But as the Spending Review comes to a close, and we prepare for the Autumn Statement next week, we ask: what does the future hold for heat, the hidden engine of our economy? Find out at Heat 15 next Wednesday 25th November.
There has been much talk recently about devolution: greater powers for nations and increased budgetary control and scope for cities and counties too. But what are the implications of devolution for heat?
In a speech yesterday Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd set out the Government’s priorities for energy and climate change and showing how the current majority Conservative Government would shift from the previous coalition Government. This member briefing sets out the key announcements from the speech.
The Energy Technologies Institute has announced that AECOM will lead its Heat Infrastructure Development project. The £500k project lasting approximately 12 months will seek to identify the innovative solutions needed to deliver major reductions in the capital cost of heat network infrastructure and accelerate its deployment.