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  1. Heat network cost effectiveness tests suspended

    16 Jul 2015

    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

  2. Liberal Democrat leadership election result announced

    16 Jul 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that Tim Farron has been elected as the new leader of the party.

  3. Unite balmes Ministers’ failure to act on high UK energy prices for 720 job losses

    16 Jul 2015

    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.

  4. Midlands Universities Accelerating Energy Agenda

    16 Jul 2015

    The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a multi-faceted centre of excellence uniquely placed to deliver a step change in the nature and impact of energy research in the UK through its expertise, credibility and its foundation in the Midlands economic region. The Government has confirmed £60 million for the initial first phase of ERA and this was announced by George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of the 2015 Budget. Attend their event to find out more.

  5. UK's first renewable heat network demonstration wins DECC funding

    15 Jul 2015

    A low carbon heating project led by E.ON working with technology providers SK Solar and Star Renewable Energy and the University of Exeter has been awarded the second tranche of a Government research grant to create an innovative energy system supplying one of the country's largest district heating systems with low carbon heat directly from sunshine.

  6. Water Source Heat Pump Code of Practice Consultation

    15 Jul 2015

    This is a reminder that the public consultation on a Code of Practice for water source heat pumps closes on 24 July.

  7. National Grid winter outlook report

    15 Jul 2015

    National Grid have published their winter outlook report, setting out how the arrangements put in place by the Government ensured sufficient energy supplies during the winter of 2014/15. In addition, they have published a consultation for the coming winter 2015/16, to gather market intelligence.

  8. Transforming Europe's energy system - Commission's energy summer package leads the way

    15 Jul 2015

    As part of the Energy Union strategy, today the Commission presented proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System.

  9. Cutting energy bills for customers – DECC funds PassivSystems to develop new heat network controls

    14 Jul 2015

    The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has awarded a £598,860 grant to PassivSystems to develop a new heating platform with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff that will lead to a reduction in energy demand, heat network operating costs and, ultimately, cut consumer heating bills. The PassivSystems-designed smart home heating platform will be field tested in association with E.ON.

  10. Scottish Government - Renewable energy goes to town

    13 Jul 2015

    Communities from inner city Glasgow to western Harris are set to benefit from £500,000 in funding for demonstrator projects designed to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy.

  11. DECC | Energy Bill to support energy security

    10 Jul 2015

    The Energy Bill is part of our long-term plan to back business, create jobs to provide lasting economic security for working people, and secure the recovery for the benefit of families across the UK. The Bill also supports our work to power the economy with clean, secure, affordable energy supplies while keeping bills as low as possible for hardworking people and businesses.

  12. Energy missing in new Government productivity plan

    10 Jul 2015

    The government today published a new plan to drive increased productivity but made no provision for increasing productivity in one of the UK’s least efficient sectors; energy.

  13. Industry welcomes new heat network Code of Practice

    10 Jul 2015

    Key players from across the district heating industry attended the launch of the new heat networks Code of Practice on Wednesday, welcoming a key building block for the growing sector.

  14. EU carbon market reform backed by MEPs reports Business Green

    9 Jul 2015

    The European Parliament has today approved plans to reform the EU's emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) in 2019. MEPs voted 495 to 198 in favour of a proposal to begin operating a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) to remove some of the surplus carbon credits that have depressed carbon prices to around €7.50 per tonne.

  15. New standards to help protect heat consumers

    8 Jul 2015

    This Code of Practice has been produced as a joint project between the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

  16. Chancellor announces removal of CCL exemption for renewable generation

    8 Jul 2015

    The Chancellor today announced that the Climate Change Levy exemption for renewable sourced electricity generation would be removed from August 2015. Read a summary of the announcement and a round up of industry reactions.

  17. Summer Budget 2015

    8 Jul 2015

    Click here to read the Summer Budget

  18. Flitwick Leisure Centre Breaks New Ground

    7 Jul 2015

    Eurosite Power Inc, has signed an agreement worth approximately £1.23 (US$1.97) million with Stevenage Leisure Limited to provide a solution for the new Flitwick Leisure Centre currently under construction in Flitwick Bedfordshire, UK.

  19. CMA sets out case for energy market reform

    7 Jul 2015

    In a summary of its provisional findings published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has highlighted a range of problems hindering competition in the market, including the extent to which consumers are engaged in the market and shortcomings in regulation and the ability to deliver change across the market. It also points to the need for a coherent and transparent approach to responsibilities and policy implementation by those overseeing the industry.

  20. Aldersgate Group Report 'A Brighter, More Secure Future: Low Carbon priorities for the new government’.

    7 Jul 2015

    The report sets out key policy recommendations for the government that will help the UK meet its carbon targets on time, on budget and in a way that will deliver economic benefits. It gathers the views of leaders from telecoms, manufacturing, finance, retail, construction, cement, energy and engineering consultancy as well as prominent academics, consumer groups and NGOs.