Plans to accelerate low carbon homes

New homes won’t be allowed to install gas central heating from 2025 under proposals unveiled in The Spring Statement by the UK Government.

Instead, the “Future Homes Standard” announced will require new homes to have “low-carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.”

Although the move has been welcomed, environmental campaigners have called for more action to reduce the carbon footprint of housing.

Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at environmental group Friends of the...

Read more

Significant investment needed in Scottish grid

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has highlighted the “significant” investment that will need to be made in Scotland’s gas and electricity infrastructure if the country is to hit its climate change targets.

Scotland’s energy policy aims to generate 50% of the power required for heating, transport and electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Investment will be needed in transmission infrastructure to give investors the confidence to back renewable projects.

Wheelhouse said the...

Read more

Minister quizzed over carbon pricing after Brexit

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has written to the energy secretary Claire Perry to spell out more on the UK Government’s plans for carbon pricing post-Brexit.

The letter follows an appearance by Perry before the committee last month, accompanied by Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

The aim of the session was to discuss the Government’s plan for replacing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) after Brexit, to help ensure the UK continues to...

Read more

19/03/2019 - Sector Round Up

Decommissioning starts at first offshore wind farm

Blyth offshore wind farm, the first to be built off the coast of the UK, is to be decommissioned, with one of the two 2MW turbines used for spare parts and the other for training purposes.

The wind farm was constructed in 2000 and heralded the start of the country’s offshore wind industry.

Patrick Rainey, Offshore Technical Specialist at E.ON, said: “Through Blyth, we were able to demonstrate to the watching world that the technology worked, ...

Read more

Insurers look to unlock billions in green energy investment

Billions of pounds of new investment could be ploughed into renewable energy projects if a number of obstacles could be overcome, according to a report by the insurance industry.

The UK’s big insurance firms hold over £1.8 trillion in investments in assets. But only around 1.2% of all assets under management in the UK are held in green projects such as renewable energy, collectively known as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments.

According to the Association of British...

Read more

Offshore wind ‘to provide third of UK energy by 2030’

The renewables industry has welcomed the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal, which aims to generate a third of the UK’s power from turbines at sea by 2030.

Energy Minister Claire Perry said the industry would invest at least £250 million, including into an Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, helping to trigger £40 billion of infrastructure investment and a fivefold increase in exports to £2.6bn.

Under the plans, offshore wind capacity will rise from 7.9GW at present to more than 30GW by...

Read more

Tempus launches new legal action over capacity market

The company that challenged the UK Government’s capacity market in the European courts has brought fresh legal action against ministers.

Technology firm Tempus Energy argued at the High Court in London that it was a legal duty to stop the scheme and recover the subsidies already paid out, while the European Commission mounts an investigation into state aid permission for the subsidy programme.

The European Court of Justice ruled in November that the commission hadn’t followed the proper...

Read more

‘Internet of energy’ plans unveiled by networks

Transmission and distribution network operators must work more closely together to deliver flexibility services and create a smart grid or “internet of energy’, according to a new study.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) commissioned consultancy firm Baringa to produce an independent impact assessment report examining five “Future World” models for how Britain’s electricity networks could support the decarbonisation of heating and transport.

Using new technologies to decentralise the grid ...

Read more

UK carbon emissions down for sixth year in a row

Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions have fallen for the sixth consecutive year, but at a much slower rate, according to the latest official figures.

Emissions fell by 1.5% in 2017, compared with a 5.9% fall in 2016 and an 8.7% drop back in 2014.

The fall was entirely due to less coal being burned at power stations, with emissions from the fuel dropping by 16% year-on-year.

Emissions from gas remained flat, while emissions from oil rose slightly due to more fields coming on stream.

‘Cannot be ...

Read more

Fracking guidelines ‘unlawful’ finds High Court

Ministers failed to take new scientific evidence into account when drawing up their shale gas drilling regulations, which have now been declared “unlawful” by the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Dove ruled that the UK Government had failed to carry out a lawful consultation on its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) by not taking into account new scientific evidence on fracking’s environmental risks.

A judicial review into the decision was heard in December following a challenge from...

Read more