The House of Lords has overthrown the government’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes standard. They voted in the final report stage of the Housing and Planning Bill this week.
RenewableUK is highlighting new official Government statistics which show that the British public believes that renewable energy provides tangible economic benefits - and they want clean energy projects built in their area. The Public Attitudes Tracking Survey published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 70% of people see clear economic benefits to the UK from renewable energy. The survey also showed that 56% would be happy with a large-scale project in their local area.
The WSBF has published a new report. Co-Chaired by Peter Aldous MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP this report provides an evidence-based, authoritative signpost for the future of domestic energy efficiency. It will inform the learning process from past energy efficiency initiatives and make a substantial contribution to future policy development in this area.
The Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI is ‘flawed’ says the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC in their response to DECC’s Consultation: The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme. Stewart Clements, Director of HHIC said “The Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI is flawed and needs a clearer focus if it hopes to make any impact on our renewables targets. HHIC would like to see funding targeted at those homes that can accommodate a renewable heating system and those where the current heating system is carbon intensive."
The ADE has responded to the DECC consultation on reforms to the RHI, for delivering in April 2017.
United Utilities has joined forces with Sainsbury's and Aggregate Industries in a new initiative to relieve pressure on the national grid by demand response. The three companies are co-founding The Living Grid, a movement of corporate energy users which aims to create 200MW of flexible power across the UK by 2020.
As you may be aware, the European Commission has now published the revised Reference Values for the separate production of electricity and heat. Ricardo AEA has kindly offered to meet with members and are invited to attend a presentation and discussion from 10.00 to 12.00 on 11 May at the Association's offices, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H 0DX. This meeting has been rescheduled following the cancellation of a previous date.
A major new fund designed to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills across the Midlands Engine, has been officially launched today (26 April 2016) with significant backing from Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
The Association for Decentralised Energy, Renewable UK, Renewable Energy Association and Solar Trade Association wrote to the Energy and Climate Change Committee regarding embedded benefits in the Capacity Market consultation
"It is quite evident that DECC believes that the wrong sort of new build generation has so far been encouraged by its capacity market scheme" writes Nigel Cornwall from Cornwall Energy. Read his blog post to find his thoughts on DECC's proposals to address diesel generation in the capacity market.
The Association has prepared a briefing note to provide members with an update on the progress of Defra’s review of diesel engines and highlight the key proposals that will be of particular interest to members’ operations.
Centrica plc has agreed to acquire Neas Energy A/S (Neas), one of Europe’s leading providers of energy management and revenue optimisation services for decentralised third-party owned assets, for DKK1.6 billion (£170 million) in cash plus adjustments for cash and net working capital.
The waste water industry could move closer to its goal of energy self-sufficiency by adopting new technologies that increase the generation of renewable energy. By significantly increasing the power derived from the anaerobic digestion of sludge, the latest innovation from Veolia aims to boost sustainability, reduce carbon emissions and lower costs.
Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, said Industry and Energy Committee MEPs on Thursday. They recommend schemes such as collective buying, home power generation by households, better price comparison tools for everyone and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding resolution intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to better focus on energy poverty.
The quarterly update provides an overview of recent Government decisions as well as intelligence on ongoing policy and market development and updates on work completed by the Association.
The Carbon Trust is launching a new fund providing vital capital for smaller businesses to replace old, power-guzzling equipment, together with expert advice to boost the efficiency and productivity of businesses in England, Scotland and Wales. The £7m fund has been made available to SMEs on a first come-first served basis, and will offer energy saving training, cost saving assessments, implementation advice, and capital support for the installation of energy efficiency equipment.
The Association's Membership Manager, Brian McGuire, is retiring in May and a Business Development Manager is to be recruited.
Over 11 million British households (42% of all homes) could reclaim almost £1.5 billion from energy suppliers following the UK’s third warmest winter since records began, according to a new survey by uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service. Estimated credit levels have soared by 27% since last year, when uSwitch.com research estimated that energy providers owed consumers around £1.1 billion.
Yesterday (19 April), the House of Lords passed the legislation which the UK Government required to proceed with the privatisation of the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB). This was the final stage of the Enterprise Bill’s parliamentary passage prior to it receiving Royal Assent.
The ADE has responded to the Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into the main challenges with, and potential solutions to, meeting the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets for heat and transport.