The European smart thermostats market is set to increase to $2.5 billion (£1.6bn) in less than five years reports Energy Live News.
This update contains several policy updates that DECC wish to make you aware of: • The draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015 has been laid alongside our response to the technical consultation on the draft. • The Government’s cost control announcements on 22nd July, which included a response to the Biomass Cost Control Consultation • The sustainability criteria comes into force under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme from 5th October.
Ed Davey, the former energy secretary, has accused the Government of taking Britain “backwards” over energy security after the Green Deal for home insulation and solar subsidies was shelved last week.
Two of Manchester's finest public buildings are generating their own low carbon energy supply via ENER-G combined heat and power (CHP) technology. As part of the multi-million pound refurbishment of the grade two-star listed Manchester Town Hall Extension and Central Library, main contractor Laing O' Rourke worked with local CHP specialist ENER-G, NG Bailey and BDP to design, develop and supply the energy efficient system.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Please note that DECC have suspended the requirement for cost effectiveness tests for individual metering and removed the Heat Metering Viability Tool. DECC have posted the following notice on the webpage that hosts the heat networks metering guidance and regulations
The Liberal Democrats have announced that Tim Farron has been elected as the new leader of the party.
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.