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  1. Utility Week: ADE urges government to establish new district heating policy

    11 Mar 2015

    The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has appealed to the next government to establish a new district heating policy to unlock a potential £1.6 billion worth of investment.

  2. Why is Europe wasting its cheapest, cleanest energy resource?

    11 Mar 2015

    Euractiv reports: Behavioural energy efficiency programmes could help European consumers save 12 billion kilowatt-hours of energy and €2.4 billion.

  3. £3 million funding to boost low carbon heating

    10 Mar 2015

    An extra £3 million of funding to set up heat networks is being awarded to 55 local authorities across England and Wales today.

  4. DECC - Guidance: Heat networks delivery funding (Updated)

    10 Mar 2015

    Updated information on successful applicants for HDNU funding.

  5. IPPR - Scuttling coal: How ending unabated coal generation can stimulate investment, cut bills and tackle carbon pollution

    10 Mar 2015

    This report published by IPPR explores some of the options available for phasing out unabated coal generation. The authors argue that an emissions performance standard, similar to the one pioneered by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was governor of California, which would limit carbon pollution from our dirtiest power stations and introduce absolute certainty that coal is going offline. Such a beltand-braces policy would be good for investment in low carbon energy sources; it would also reduce the energy bills of millions of householders.

  6. York Teaching Hospital’s Energy Centre Opens with Guarantee of £12.7 Million in Savings

    9 Mar 2015

    York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust celebrated the official opening of its new Combined Heat and Power Energy Scheme with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday 4th March. The ribbon cutting was performed by Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive and afterwards the Trust was presented with a plaque by Ian Whitelock, Vital Energi’s Joint Managing Director.

  7. £250,000 to unlock Scotland’s geothermal potential

    6 Mar 2015

    A fund to support research into exploring Scotland’s geothermal capacity to meet the energy needs of local communities is launched today by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

  8. The World Waste to Energy City Summit, London on May 19-20, 2015

    6 Mar 2015

    The 2015 World Waste to Energy City Summit brings together its best ever faculty of international waste management CEOs, developers, bankers, private equity financiers, technology providers and industrial end users for two days of intensive networking.

  9. Completing the internal energy market: €100 million released to connect European energy networks

    5 Mar 2015

    Today the Commission is opening the call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. €100 million will be made available for projects aimed at ending energy isolation, eliminating energy bottlenecks and to complete the European energy market. This European money will also act as a catalyst for securing additional financing by private and public investors. With a total of €650 million for grants foreseen in 2015, this is the first of two calls planned for 2015. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2015. A decision on the selection of proposals to be funded is expected for mid-July.

  10. Response to Consultation on Capacity Market supplementary design proposals and changes to the Rules

    5 Mar 2015

    On 12 February, the Government published a consultation with a number of amendments to both the Electricity Capacity Regulations 2014 (“the Regulations”) and the Rules. This consultation follows a DECC-led review of lessons learnt following the first round of prequalification and the first ‘T-4’ auction. The proposed changes outlined in this consultation are in addition to rule changes DECC consulted on late last year.

  11. Bristol’s major employers sign up to a more energy efficient future

    5 Mar 2015

    Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and Parsons Brinckerhoff are set to commit themselves to a more energy efficient future by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a district energy network.

  12. Scottish Energy Minister opens UK’s largest Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant in Fife, Scotland

    5 Mar 2015

    A major addition to the Scottish Government's plan for a more sustainable energy future in Scotland was reached today with Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, opening RWE's Markinch Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant in Glenrothes, Fife.

  13. Reform capacity market to help DSR, say MPs

    4 Mar 2015

    Taxpayers could be paying more for their energy than necessary if innovative demand side response measures are not given a level playing field in the Capacity Market says a new report by the Energy and Climate Change Committee.

  14. CMA receives two appeal applications over electricity distribution network price controls

    4 Mar 2015

    Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited and Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc and British Gas Trading Limited (BGT) have sought permission from the CMA to appeal against Ofgem’s RIIO-ED1 price controls for electricity distribution companies.

  15. Eurosite Power second system goes live at Wentworth Club

    4 Mar 2015

    Eurosite Power is now operating a further 100 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system at the world famous Wentworth Club, UK – the second CHP system installed by EuroSite Power at the club to go live.

  16. New Report from UNEP | District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    4 Mar 2015

    A new report from UNEP has surveyed low-carbon cities worldwide to identify the key factors underlying their success in scaling up energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as in attaining targets for zero or low greenhouse gas emissions. District energy systems (DES) emerged as a best practice approach for providing a local, affordable and sustainable energy supply, improve energy efficiency and support energy access efforts. They represented a significant opportunity for countries and cities around the world to move towards climate-resilient, resource-efficient and low-carbon pathways.

  17. Event | Ecobuild district heating seminars

    3 Mar 2015

    On 3 - 5 March the Trade Council at the Danish Embassy in London, working with the Danish Energy Agency, will host a series of seminars that review the booming UK market, future policy that may affect it and case studies from the UK, Denmark and Sweden.

  18. NEA has launched the Heat Heroes Awards 2015 sponsored by ScottishPower.

    3 Mar 2015

    The Awards aim to recognise individuals within communities in England and Wales who have made a significant contribution to helping those struggling with the effects of fuel poverty. This can be through work or through voluntary activities outside the workplace.

  19. Ofgem Consultation Response on ECO 2.2

    2 Mar 2015

    Ofgem published a consultation response (ECO 2.2) on 2nd March regarding the changes to be made to its Guidance for ECO suppliers. Ofgem's updated Guidance reflects the legislative changes to the ECO policy but Ofgem also exerts some discretion in its administration of new legislative provisions. The new Guidance will apply under the ECO 2 period, which is the period starting 1st April 2015 until March 2017. The changes relating to district heating include a new lifetime for multi-fuel upgrades of district heating connections, hard to treat cavity walls on multi-storey buildings and minimum roof insulation requirements.

  20. Ofgem Consultation: Non-traditional business models: Supporting transformative change in the energy market

    2 Mar 2015

    The consultation is intended to start a public discussion on the benefits and risks to consumers of these non-traditional business models, and to explore how they interact with the regulatory system. Non traditional business models are defined quite broadly (local energy supply, demand side response...).