A report provided interim findings from an evaluation of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI), which was launched in November 2011 to provide financial incentives to install renewable heating in place of fossil fuels. The work was part of a wider evaluation of the RHI that included work to assess the performance of the domestic RHI and the effect of both schemes on the renewable heat supply chain.
Source: Evaluation of the Renewable Heat Incentive ï¿½ Interim Report: The non-domestic scheme, Department for Energy and Climate Change
A report discussed the high level issues regarding the use of Contracts for Difference (CfDs) to incentivize the development of new renewable electricity projects connected to the electricity systems of Britain but located outside of the United Kingdom. It discussed indicative areas of work that would need to be addressed to open the UK CfD scheme to eligible non-UK renewable electricity projects.
Source: Contract for Difference for non-UK Renewable Electricity Projects, Department for Energy and Climate Change
The government began consultation on its proposed Strategy and Policy Statement, prepared in accordance with the Energy Act 2013 to provide context and clarity for the energy regulator regarding the government's strategic policy priorities, and the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the implementation of energy policy. The consultation would close on 17 October 2014.
Source: Strategy and Policy Statement, Department for Energy and Climate Change
Links: Consultation document
The government began seeking views and evidence on proposals for the government's engagement with the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry, and on a range of options for Phase 2 of CCS deployment in the United Kingdom. The document also summarized government policy and actions during Phase 1. Responses were invited by 23 October 2014.
Source: Next Steps in CCS: Policy scoping document ï¿½ Developing an approach for the next phase of Carbon Capture & Storage projects in the UK, Department for Energy and Climate Change
The Scottish Government began consultation on its policy statement on community energy policy. The document set out the government's progress to date and the various forms of support that might be needed in future to facilitate community involvement, mitigate risks, and effectively incentivize communities and developers. The consultation would close on 10 November 2014.
Source: Community Energy Policy Statement: Draft for public consultation, Scottish Government
A think-tank report examined the role of United Kingdom environmental and energy policy in contributing to the international effort to address the impact of climate change, and discussed how such measures could contribute to resolving three problematic domestic issues (energy costs to the domestic user, lack of investment in new infrastructure, and uneven recovery in employment and growth across the United Kingdom regions). The report outlined actions needed, and made a range of related recommendations.
Source: Will Straw, Reg Platt, and Jack Williams, A Brighter Future: How tackling climate change can deliver better living standards and shared prosperity, Institute for Public Policy Research
Two reports examined the use of demand-side measures in the policy development process for the government's whole system energy models, which were used to help to guide and evaluate policy proposals. The demand-side measures were referred to collectively as D3: demand reduction; demand response; and distributed energy generation. The first report provided analysis of the D3 policy landscape, and considered potential options for further developing consideration of demand-side measures within the work of the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The second report considered: how D3 was represented in the department's energy system models; how integrated they were; the challenges to modelling D3; and possible ways that the department could improve its models, or use of models, in the analysis of demand-side policies.
Source: D3: Opportunities for integrating demand side energy policies, Department for Energy and Climate Change
Source: Tom Hinton and Joshua Thumim, An Analysis of D3 in DECC's Energy System Models: Report to Department of Energy & Climate Change, Centre for Sustainable Energy
A report examined demand side response (DSR) ï¿½ a form of electricity supply and billing where price depended upon when the energy was used. The report looked at issues of affordability, accessibility, consumer protection, and how the savings from the scheme would be distributed. It made a range of recommendations, but highlighted three particular messages: that consumers would need clear information and be able to compare DSR offers; that protections would be needed to safeguard consumers from financial or other detriment; and that the needs of vulnerable consumer groups must be considered, to prevent them from being negatively affected by DSR, and to enable them to share in any benefits.
Source: Take a Walk on the Demand-Side: Making electricity demand side response work for domestic and small business consumers, Citizens Advice
A report by a committee of MPs said that innovative low carbon technologies such as bioenergy, offshore wind, and carbon capture and storage would be necessary to achieve the United Kingdom's legally binding 2020 and 2050 carbon emissions targets, but there was a mismatch between the resources allocated to support companies working in these fields and the government's level of policy ambition. The report outlined a range of issues related to the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group, and made recommendations to the government.
Source: Innovate to Accumulate: The Government's approach to low carbon innovation, Second Report (Session 2014ï¿½15), HC 344, House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, TSO