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News October 2016

  1. Seminar introduces heat network suppliers to new Heat Trust Calculator

    31 Oct 2016

    Heat network suppliers are invited to find out more about the new Heat Trust Calculator at a free seminar in central London on Wednesday 30 November.

  2. Businesses ready to keep lights on in country’s first Capacity Market warning

    31 Oct 2016

    National Grid today called on UK businesses to meet the country’s first security of supply warning, showing the critical role that business-led flexibility plays in keeping the lights on.

  3. Invitation to attend free webinar on cogeneration in the rubber industry

    31 Oct 2016

    Opra are pleased to invite you to join our webinar on cogeneration in the rubber industry. Register to hear about the OP16 gas turbine technology from OPRA Turbines with feasibility studies from Application Engineers. Familiarize yourself with smaller gas turbine technology and gain ideas on implementing cogeneration at rubber factories.

  4. UK to invest £390m per year in innovation and research

    31 Oct 2016

    The government has pledged to invest £390 million per year on research and innovation over the next four years. The money from the Department for International Development (DFID) will focus on projects and technologies to help address global challenges including energy, climate change and water.

  5. Inaction jeopardising Islands’ renewables funding

    31 Oct 2016

    At least £1.3 billion of investment in shovel ready projects is being put at risk by indecision by the UK Government over major funding decisions, say Scottish Government Ministers. Ministers and leaders of three Scottish Island Councils have written to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, expressing concern about the effects of continued uncertainty on support for large-scale renewable energy projects on the Scottish Islands.

  6. Draft position paper | Supply license class exemptions

    31 Oct 2016

    Electricity supplies from on-site generation generally benefit from specific exemptions from the legal requirement to hold an electricity supply licence. Industry’s experiences and advice from legal experts appears to show that the current supply license class exemptions are open to a number of interpretations, and that without clear guidance from either the Regulator or the Government, on-site generators are currently required to apply the most conservative possible interpretation. This outcome means that the on-site class exemptions are being underused, preventing industrial and district heating sites from applying the exemption and limiting the potential growth of these schemes. To address these challenges, the ADE has developed a draft position paper of recommendations for Government.

  7. Member Briefing | BEIS Capacity Market Consultation

    28 Oct 2016

    Today, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on proposals to simplify and improve accessibility in the Capacity Market. This briefing provides an overview of the key changes relevant to Members’ operations. The consultation closes on 23 December 2016 and the Association will circulate a draft response for Member review and feedback in due course.

  8. Consultation Responses | STOR Review OCP-08 and FFR Review OCP-17

    28 Oct 2016

    The Association for Decentralised Energy has submitted a response to the National Grid review of STOR OCP-08 and FFR OCP-17.

  9. Event | Heat Networks - the opportunities and pitfalls

    27 Oct 2016

    Simmons & Simmons and Heat Exchanger specialists SWEP, invite you to an afternoon seminar on 22nd November in London that will examine the opportunities that Heat Networks can offer in the UK. This seminar will cover important technical issues as well as the major financial and contractual considerations. Expert speakers will highlight the opportunities and pitfalls, followed by a question and answer panel discussion. Whether your interest in Heat Networks is as a commercial investor or as a RSL or local authority, for new developments or for retrofit, this seminar will be of benefit to you.

  10. EU approves state aid for German CHP plants and DSR scheme

    27 Oct 2016

    The EU Commission has approved state aid for combined heat and power plants in Germany and a demand side response (DSR) scheme. It added support for both schemes is in line with EU state aid rules and improves the integration of co-generation into the electricity market and security of supply. The Commission believes the German Heat and Power Co-generation Act 2016 will contribute to energy efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and lead to a better integration of co-generated power into the electricity market.

  11. James Heappey MP questions Treasury on smart energy

    27 Oct 2016

    Yesterday, James Heappey asked the Treasury about the advantages of a smart energy system. The initial question was: What assessment has the Chancellor made of the potential effect of a smart energy system on levels of productivity? Watch the clip here.

  12. Britain risks 'sleepwalking into blackouts' under Ofgem reforms, Sir Ed Davey warns

    26 Oct 2016

    Britain risks “sleepwalking into brownouts and blackouts” because of a proposed overhaul of energy regulation that could lead to the closure of many small power plants, former energy secretary Sir Ed Davey has claimed. Emily Gosden at the Telegraph reports.

  13. Brexit, Hinkley knocks UK’s renewable attractiveness to all-time low

    26 Oct 2016

    The UK’s attractiveness to renewable investors has fallen to an all-time low, with uncertainty caused by Brexit being one of the factors. According to EY’s latest table of the world’s most attractive renewable energy markets, the nation has continued to lose its appeal in the eye of investors – falling to 14th place.

  14. Consultation Response | Business Rates Revaluation 2017

    26 Oct 2016

    The ADE has published its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government's consultation on the 2017 Business Rates Revaluation, highlighting the impact of punitive Business Rates on District Heating.

  15. Veolia recognised as a “Business Working Responsibly” throughout Ireland

    25 Oct 2016

    Veolia, Ireland’s resource management company, has been recognised as a leader in environmental and social responsibility, after receiving The Business Working Responsibly Mark at the annual CEO Breakfast Forum.

  16. DRAFT Consultation Response | Changes to STOR and FFR

    25 Oct 2016

    National Grid is consulting on several proposed changes to the balancing services in two separate consultations, the first on Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and the second on Firm Frequency Response (FFR). The ADE has provided draft responses to the consultations’ questions for member review.

  17. Energy Minister to address Britain’s biggest energy challenge at 2016 Heat Conference

    24 Oct 2016

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy, will address Britain’s biggest energy challenge at the forthcoming Heat Conference. Heat accounts for almost one half of UK energy costs and the cost of heat continues to rise. Britain faces an urgent challenge in transforming how homes, offices and industry are heated; in its recent report Next Steps for UK Heat Policy, the Committee on Climate Change put it simply: “deployment of low carbon heat cannot wait until the 2030s”.

  18. Consultation Response | Capacity Market Selective Overcompensation

    21 Oct 2016

    The ADE has submitted a response to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on proposals to limit the impact of selective overcompensation in the Capacity Market through use of investment through risk finance schemes (specifically the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT).

  19. St Andrews £25m Biomass Project Named as Finalist at Scottish Green Energy Awards

    20 Oct 2016

    Vital Energi would like to congratulate the University of St Andrews on the news that their £25m biomass project at Guardbridge has been named a finalist at the 2016 Scottish Renewable Energy Awards.

  20. Eleven projects receive funding to bring energy to local communities

    19 Oct 2016

    Eleven groups around the city have been offered a total of £58,132 to undertake a range of energy projects in local communities.. The grants are being awarded by Bristol City Council through its Bristol Community Energy Fund - an initiative which encourages local solutions to community-specific energy challenges.

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