As green taxes hidden in our energy bills are under the spotlight, Paul Woods from AECOM asks, are we getting the best value for money from these subsidies?
The CHPA welcomes the appointment of Tim Hipperson to the role of chairman for the Alliance for Energy Management.
Customer protection for energy customers was on the agenda at the Energy Action Scotland 30th Anniversary Annual Conference 2013. However, this time it was about households on district heating schemes
This week Robert Sansom discusses what the announcement on nuclear means for district heating and asks, does the decision confirm that DECC sees the future of heating as all electric with a heat pump in every home?
In order to gather views on the proposals, the Independent Heat Customer Protection Scheme steering committee are organising two half day workshops on Monday 11th November to provide details of the proposed Scheme and gain feedback from those with practical experience of heat networks.
Illustrating the importance of heat to the UK energy system, we are delighted to announce that both the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, will be addressing the Heat Conference 2013.
Paul Blacklock, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs for Calor Gas asks the question, what technologies can we use to decarbonise heat and do they fit into the current market model?
Industry today called for immediate action to help reduce the burden of rising energy costs by supporting investments in industrial energy efficiency.
As large energy suppliers announce household gas prices will go up by around 8%, just days after Ed Miliband’s price freeze promise, it is questionable as to whether regulated competition adequately protects customers and delivers value for money. A small but growing number of customers have their heat demand met by suppliers not covered by the gas or electricity regulations, with no role for Ofgem or the Energy Ombudsman in customer protection.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) controls the spatial planning system and Building Regulations in England. DCLG have made it clear that their priority is to reduce the overheads of the house builders. Three related announcements (two of them consultations), made recently by DCLG present a serious threat to the installation of gas CHP and renewable energy systems in new buildings; and could ultimately have negative implications for district heating in new development. This is the CHPA's response to the consultation.
The Combined Heat and Power Association today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of £1.5 million in funding for district heating projects.
In an integrated energy system, waste heat could be supplied to a community heat network for local homes, public and commercial buildings at low cost and zero carbon. So if this is such a good opportunity, and there is so much waste heat available, why are we not doing more of it?
The DCLG's consultation sought views and further evidence on the main principles, price cap and processes for the delivery of ‘allowable solutions’ - off-site projects or measures that reduce carbon emissions - which house builders may support to achieve the zero carbon homes standard.
The CHPA today welcomed a major new independent initiative to protect the interests of householders and micro-businesses connected to heat networks.
Speaking to COSSP, CHPA director, Tim Rotheray urged government to strongly consider the credentials of CHP technology as the pressure to reduce carbon emissions continues.
Accounting for half of UK energy demand, affordable heat is vital for industry and householders alike. Heat is too often the Cinderella of the energy debate, but its central role makes it a key consideration if we are to meet our decarbonisation commitments. Now is its second year, Heat 2013 has been established as the place to debate and explore all aspects of heat.
Will Hawkins asks, can heat pumps be the answer to the gap in our renewable heating infrastructure and if so, how can we make heat pumps attractive to householders?
Last month’s appointment of Stephen Brooks as Investment Director of the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) new Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) marks an important step towards tackling the challenges that face local authorities and developers seeking to develop district heating networks. But what lies ahead for the new team?
The consultation sought views on the UK’s approach to meeting the requirements of Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive through implementing a new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
CIBSE and the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) have formed a new partnership to underpin the quality of heat networks with the drafting of a code of practice.