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Industry News Roundup July 2023

Friday 28/07 – Ofgem publishes its survey of GB domestic energy consumers over August-September 2021, notably before the global gas crisis.

Thursday 27/07 – DESNZ publishes Functioning of the UK carbon market for 2021 and 2022, a summary of the performance of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) during the first and second scheme years of its operation.

Wednesday 26/07 – Ofgem publishes a statutory consultation on consumer standards and a consultation on its non-domestic market review and its findings.

Tuesday 25/07 – The UK Government announces the launch of Phase 2 of the Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition which aims to increase supply chain capacity and, in turn, support the delivery of existing government retrofit schemes and the decarbonisation of buildings in line with the UK’s net zero target.

Monday 24/07 – The government publishes several documents under its wider plans to boost competition and innovation in the energy market. The government confirms a further £170mn investment of previously allocated funding to accelerate construction work at the Sizewell C nuclear power station.

Friday 21/07 – On Friday 21 July, Ofgem publishes a letter on updates to the provisional cap and floor level for NeuConnect Interconnector. This letter sets out Ofgem's oversight of the debt raise process, the provisional cap and floor levels, and the provisional actual floor level.

Thursday 20/07 – Consumer groups Energy UK, Citizens Advice, Fair By Design, MoneySavingExpert, and National Energy Action call on the government to publish its planned consultation on a possible social tariff.

Wednesday 19/07 – DESNZ published a call for evidence on how to enable industry to switch away from fossil fuels to electricity.

Tuesday 18/07 – The government launches its Great British Nuclear (GBN) organisation as part of its wider plans for the rapid expansion of new nuclear power plants in the UK.

Monday 17/07 – The Crown Estate announces that the first in a series of specialist survey vessels has set sail from Swansea to gather geophysical data on the properties of the seabed and sub-seabed for offshore wind projects.

Friday 14/07 – The Business and Trade Committee publishes the government’s response to the BEIS Committee’s Eleventh Report of Session 2022–23, Decarbonisation of the power sector.

Thursday 13/07 – The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) publishes its Fiscal risks and sustainability report in which it considers the impact of the rise in gas prices on energy demand and supply and the fiscal costs of meeting or missing the net zero emissions target in 2050.

Wednesday 12/07 – The Competition Appeal Tribunal publishes a summary of a claim made by Utilita (Claimants), under section 47A of the Competition Act 1998, against PayPoint (Defendants). The claim relates to the market for provision of over-the-counter (OTC) prepayment services to GB energy suppliers with prepayment meter (PPM) customers (the OTC Prepayment Market) and the market for provision of other, Non-OTC prepayment services to GB energy suppliers with PPM customers (the Non-OTC Prepayment Market).

Tuesday 11/07 – The Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland publishes the results of a survey carried out across the UK’s carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) sector.

Monday 10/07 – DESNZ announces plans for Energy Security and Net Zero Secretary, Grant Shapps, and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry to host a Climate Finance Mobilisation Forum at Windsor.

Friday 07/07 – The Energy Security and Net Zero (ESNZ) Committee announces it has launched its first four inquiries. These include ‘Preparing for the winter’; ‘Heating our homes’; ‘A flexible grid for the future’; and ‘Keeping the power on: our future energy technology mix’.

Thursday 06/07 – Following its February 2023 consultation, DESNZ publishes its smart meter installation requirements for Year 3 (2024) and Year 4 (2025) of the rollout.

Wednesday 05/07 – DESNZ publishes Future of hydrogen in industry: initial industrial site surveys. The report presents a summary of a study of seven industrial sites to understand the safety, feasibility, cost and impacts for these sites to switch from natural gas to 100% hydrogen for heat.

Tuesday 04/07 – The UK Government announces its efforts to boost competition within the energy sector by offering heating engineers with £500 discounts to become fully qualified heat pump installers over 60 locations in England.

Monday 03/07 – The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) Authority announces a package of reforms to tighten limits on industrial, power and aviation emissions.

Written By Graham Paul


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