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Industry News Roundup March 2019

Friday 15/03 – The BEIS Committee publishes a letter from Claire Perry to committee chair Rachel Reeves offering clarity on several areas related to the Rough Gas Storage Facility – this was the UK’s largest until it was shut. Think tank RenewableUK data shows that offshore wind generated more electricity than any other source over the week.

Thursday 14/03 – The Scottish government publishes its vision for gas and electricity networks up to 2030, including proposing new transmission links with the rest of Great Britain and Europe. The European Parliament adopts a non-binding resolution supporting two specific pathways outlined in its A Clean Planet for All.

Wednesday 13/03 – Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivers his Spring Statement, announcing a consultation on an energy efficiency scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises. Drax’s proposed 299MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station in Bedfordshire is granted planning permission by BEIS – the facility will be used to provide fast, responsive power to quickly boost supply.

Tuesday 12/03 – The company behind the development of the 500MW UK-Ireland Greenlink Interconnector announces that global private markets investment manager Partners Group has acquired a stake in it. E.ON announces it is to decommission the 2MW Blyth offshore demonstration wind farm, the UK’s first ever.

Monday 11/03 – In a Written Statement to Parliament, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry confirms the extension of the deadline for UK operators to surrender their EU Emissions Trading Scheme allowances to 26 March. The scheme incentivises reduced emissions by allowing companies to trade the right to emit carbon. A risk tracker report published by Greener UK says that the UK’s climate and energy are high risk areas, stating that Brexit has led to a slowdown in decarbonisation efforts.

Friday 08/03 – Research from Highlands and Islands Enterprise sponsored by BEIS outlines the potential for wave and tidal energy in Scotland and calls for greater action regarding routes to market for emerging technologies. The government publishes the outcome of the Capacity Market and Emissions Performance Standard review: call for evidence, with the “overwhelming majority” of respondents agreeing there is a need to maintain the Capacity Market.

Thursday 07/03 – BEIS publishes the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, announcing that one-third of UK electricity could be generated by offshore wind energy by 2030. The department also launches another consultation proposing further technical amendments to the Capacity Market. A Sustainability First paper published in response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s review of utilities regulation offers four recommendations, including a roadmap to 2030.

Wednesday 06/03 – The High Court rules that key elements of the government’s national fracking policy, including failing to carry out a lawful public consultation on the revision policy, are unlawful. Utility Week reports that the Energy Networks Association’s Open Networks Project proposes a blueprint setting out the foundations of Britain’s Internet of Energy, presenting it as a solution to the challenges of decarbonising Britain’s heat and transport.

Tuesday 05/03 – Tempus Energy issues a claim for judicial review against BEIS to stop it operating the Capacity Market during its standstill because of state aid law obligations. The Capacity Market is the scheme which guarantees the UK’s security of energy supply. BEIS publishes the Capacity Market (Amendment) Rules 2019.

Monday 04/03 – The British Vehicle Renting & Leasing Association suggests that taxes and incentives must be aligned with long-term targets related to plug-in electric vehicles and company fleets. As reported by The Daily Telegraph, a report from Carbon Brief shows that carbon emissions fell for the sixth year in a row in 2018.

Friday 01/03 – As reported by Insider Media, the UK’s first corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) is signed between Danish energy company Ørsted and water company Northumbrian Water. The deal means that Northumbrian Water will take almost one-third of its renewable energy demand from Ørsted’s Race Bank offshore wind farm. As reported by The Engineer, sustainable energy company Gridserve signs a deal with Warrington Borough Council to build the “two largest solar farms to be built in Great Britain since 2016”.

Written By Graham Paul


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