Industry groups urge review of charging reforms

Industry groups urge review of charging reforms

A group of renewable industry bodies have joined forces to condemn Ofgem’s proposed changes to network charging.

The energy regulator is consulting on its Targeted Charging Review into how charges for network infrastructure are distributed.

Six trade bodies – the Association for Decentralised Energy, the British Electrotechnical & Allied Manufacturers’ Association (BEAMA), RenewableUK, the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Tech UK – have written to...

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Suppliers’ ‘drastic costs hikes’ flagged as price cap rises

Trade body Energy UK has said that “drastically rising costs” had led to Ofgem being forced to increase the domestic energy price cap.

The energy regulator announced the default tariff price cap will rise by £117 to £1,254 per year, while the pre-payment meter cap will increase by £106 to £1,242 to “reflect higher costs”.

Energy UK said the wholesale cost of energy had risen by 17% since the previous price cap was set.

The organisation called on the UK Government to introduce a national...

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Networks announces plans to ‘super-charge’ EV rollout

Distribution network operators (DNO) are cutting the paperwork needed to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging point by standardising the process for all homes and businesses.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said its members would make greater use of data and smart technologies.

National Grid predicts there could be up to 10.6 million EVs on Britain’s roads by 2030.

The paperwork for connecting heat pumps to local networks is also being simplified.

Renewables industry welcomes...

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Sustainable investing now mainstream says report

The world’s largest investment manager has hailed sustainable investing as part of the “mainstream” and no longer “niche”.

In its latest global insights report, BlackRock said about $760 billion (£581bn) was invested in sustainable funds across Europe and the United States in 2018, up from $453bn five years earlier.

The report said that financial products with an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) focus gave an annual return of 14.5% last year in the United States, compared...

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Utilities urged to invest in grid technology

Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) must invest in new technologies if they are to slash the cost of connecting more renewables to the grid, according to a new report.

A report from Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) said utility companies should install Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) immediately if they are to save money and meet decarbonisation targets.

Bob Currie, Chief Technology Officer at SGS, said: “The number of electric vehicles, solar panels, batteries and other...

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New energy reporting rules set to come into force

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued guidance for companies preparing to report on their energy usage.

All large businesses must disclose their global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from 1 April.

More than 11,000 companies will be affected by the Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations.

SECR replaces the mandatory greenhouse gas reporting requirements that have been in place since 2013, and introduces new energy and...

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12/02/2019 - Sector Round Up

Another coal-fired station to close

French company EDF Energy has announced the closure of its Cottam coal-fired power station in North Nottinghamshire.

The 2GW plant, which opened in 1969, is due to close on 30 September.

EDF said it will review the future of its 2GW West Burton A coal power station in North Nottinghamshire once the capacity agreements for three of its four units expire in 2021.

> Read EDF's announcement


UK cities to become climate hubs

Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds ...

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Renewables help drive dramatic fall in UK emissions

The UK’s continuing shift to renewables and falling demand for energy across homes and industry have seen cuts in carbon emissions of nearly two-fifths since 1990, faster than any other major developed country according to new research.

The analysis by Carbon Brief found that emissions would have been twice what they are today if these underlying factors had not changed and emissions from the electricity sector would have been nearly four times higher.

The largest driver in the 38% fall in...

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European Commission lodges appeal over Capacity Market ruling

The European Commission (EC) has lodged an appeal over the court ruling which has seen the UK’s Capacity Market suspended since November.

The EC is appealing against the European Court of Justice’s ruling that it failed to examine the UK's capacity market in enough detail before approving it under EU state aid rules.

Appeals to the court can typically take up to a year to be held.

Energy UK’s chief executive, Lawrence Slade, voiced support for the EC’s decision to challenge the ruling.

“The ...

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Power sector could be decarbonised by 2045

A further expansion of solar and wind power is expected to lead to Europe’s power sector being decarbonised by 2045, according to a new report.

The survey of industry leaders by EY found they expect renewables will meet 80% of the energy requirements of Europeans by then. Onshore wind capacity is forecast to triple to 640GW by 2045, accompanied by offshore wind increasing to 470GW and solar posting a seven-fold rise to 950GW.

Overall, as much as 63% of the continent’s economy could be...

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