The government began consultation on a range of supplementary design proposals for the Capacity Market (a system to assist in the assurance of electricity supply). The consultation was published alongside separate consultations on other related matters and would close on 5 November 2014.
Source: Electricity Market Reform: Capacity Market – Consultation on Capacity Market supplementary design proposals and transitional arrangements, Department for Energy and Climate Change
The government began consultation on proposals for amendments to the allocation regulations related to the non-delivery disincentive for Contracts for Difference (an electricity price stabilization mechanism). The consultation was published alongside separate consultations on other related matters and would close on 5 November 2014.
Source: EMR: Contracts for Difference (Allocation) Regulations – Consultation on non-delivery disincentive exemptions, Department for Energy and Climate Change
Links: Consultation document
A report by a committee of MPs said that the Green Deal finance scheme, designed to support improvements in the energy efficiency and warmth of United Kingdom homes, had not delivered as intended over its first eighteen months, and had caused frustration and confusion for both consumers and businesses in the supply chain through a combination of financial, communication, and behavioural barriers. The report called on the government to prioritize the Green Deal and to consider new incentives to encourage energy efficiency, such as stamp duty discounts and variable council tax rates.
Source: The Green Deal: Watching brief (part 2), Third Report (Session 201415), HC 348, House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, TSO
The government began consultation on proposals for changes to the Contracts for Difference (CFD) supplier obligation and operational costs levies. The consultation was published alongside separate consultations on related matters and would close on 5 November 2014.
Source: EMR: Changes to the CFD supplier obligation – Consultation on the implementation of exemptions from CFD costs for electricity intensive industries and imported renewable electricity; and minor and technical amendments to the CFD supplier obligation regulations, Department for Energy and Climate Change
A report provided findings from an independent evaluation of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Savings Programme, which were two initiatives aimed at improving energy efficiency in domestic households in Britain.
Source: Ipsos MORI, CAG Consultants, UCL, and Energy Saving Trust, Evaluation of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Saving Programme, Department for Energy and Climate Change
The government published its response to a consultation on proposals for underground access for the extraction of gas, oil, or geothermal energy. It said that the proposed policy remained the right approach to underground access and that primary legislation would now be introduced to implement the policy proposals set out in the consultation paper.
Source: Underground Drilling Access: Government response to the Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal Energy, Department for Energy and Climate Change
A report said that the next fifteen years were critical for climate change, but structural and technological change, opportunities for greater economic efficiency, and the availability of investment capital meant that countries at all levels of income now had the opportunity to build lasting economic growth at the same time as reducing climate change risks. The report highlighted three particular areas for action (cities, land use, and energy) and proposed a ten-point global action plan.
Source: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Better Growth Better Climate: The new climate economy report – the synthesis report, New Climate Economy
A think-tank report said that old models of electricity provision were being challenged by the new distributed electricity technologies (including solar photovoltaics, onshore wind power, batteries, smart thermostats and appliances, and highly efficient lights), which had the capacity to produce a cleaner, cheaper, and more secure supply for consumers. The report argued for a shift in government policy to remove bias towards large scale utility providers and to support the development of new technologies. It made a range of recommendations.
Source: Reg Platt, with Jack Williams, Anne Pardoe, and Will Straw, A New Approach to Electricity Markets: How new, disruptive technologies change everything, Institute for Public Policy Research
A report, and accompanying position paper, discussed the implications for vulnerable customers of introducing smart energy meters in homes across Britain.
Source: National Energy Action, Developing an Extra Help Scheme for Vulnerable Smart Meter Customers: Research undertaken by NEA for Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice
Source: Smart Meter Extra Help: Ensuring all consumers benefit from the rollout of smart meters, Citizens Advice