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GIB Investing £30Mn in New UK Biomass Plant (Int'l.)
UK Green Investment Bank
Date: 2014-11-28
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) reports that it is investing more than £30 million in a new combined heat and power (CHP) waste-wood burning biomass plant that will be built and operated by Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) in Merseyside. Upon commissioning in 2016, the £110-million plant will be the largest waste-wood renewable energy facility in northwestern England.

By burning 146,000 tpy of both virgin and waste wood the facility will generate approximately 150 gigawatt hours of electricity which is sufficient for 35,000 homes.

GIB will provide £16.9 million of mezzanine loans and make a £13.2 million equity investment via its UK Waste Resources & Energy Investments (UKWREI), managed by the Foresight Group. The remainder of the £42.1 million mezzanine finance is being provided by GCP Infrastructure Investors (GCP).

The Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Renewables Roadmap estimates biomass could potentially provide between 26 and 42 pct of renewable energy in the UK by 2020. (Source: Green Investment Bank, Nov., 2014) Contact: U.K. Green Investment Bank, +44 (0) 330 123 3021, www.greeninvestmentbank.com; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  UK Green Investment Bank news,  Biomass news,  


Merck Commissions Indian Biomass Plant (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Merck
Date: 2014-11-28
U.S. pharmaceutical and chemical giant Merck has commissioned a climate-neutral 3-MW co-generation power plant at its production site in Goa, India. The new €3 million facility will burn readily available cashew and coconut shells.

The company plans to commission a further biomass central heating plant at its site in Jaffrey, New Hampshire next year. The projects are part of the company's energy efficiency and climate protection program under which Merck aims to reduce its total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct by 2020, measured against the 2006 baseline. (Source: Merck, Deccan Chronicle, 28 Nov., 2014) Contact: Merck, www.merck.com

Tags Biomass news,  


Canada, UK Ink Joint CCS R&D Deal (Int'l., Ind. Report)
CCS
Date: 2014-11-21
In the UK, ClickGreen is reporting that UK and Canadian Governments have agreed to work together on research and innovation cooperation, knowledge sharing and international engagement on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The agreement builds on the work both nations already undertake in increasing the use of low carbon technologies.

The UK has positioned itself as one of the world's frontrunners in this sector and is leading Europe with two commercial scale carbon capture and storage projects in development, Peterhead in Scotland and White Rose in Yorkshire. (Source: UK DECC, ClickGreen, Nov., 2014)

Tags CCS.UK CCS news,  Canada CCS news,  Carbon Capture & Storage news,  


£100Mn Added to UK's Green Deal Home Energy Efficiency Program (Int'l, Funding)
DECC
Date: 2014-10-15
In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has made an additional £100 million available in support of residential energy efficiency. Applications for a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will open to households before the end of November. The Green Deal Fund is designed to help people make energy saving improvements to their home and to cut energy consumption and costs.

The just announced £100 million is in addition to the £450 million allocated to household energy efficiency over three years, which was announced in December 2013. (Source: Gov. UK, DECC, 7 Oct., 2014) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk; Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, https://energy-saving-home-improvement-fund.service.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Incentive news,  


DECC Sets Wind Energy "Community Benefits" Standards (Int'l)
DECC,RegenSW
Date: 2014-10-10
The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published new guidance on how wind energy schemes should work with local communities. The guidance, which was written by the Exeter based renewable energy consultancy RegenSW, calls for partnerships between communities and wind energy developers and focuses on how "community benefit" funds can be used effectively.

The guidance follows on the UK wind industry's commitment to pay £5,000 per MW per year to communities located near wind energy schemes over 5MW in size. These "community benefit" funds are generally used to fund local public projects and programmes. DECC is expected to grant a community "right to invest" in new renewable energy projects which will include solar PV schemes.(Source: DECC, 9 Oct., 2014) Contact: RegenSW, Jodie Giles, Communities Project Manager, www.regensw.co.uk/communities: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Wind news,  


Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm Extension Approved (Int'l)
Dong Energy
Date: 2014-10-01
The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved Dong Energy's application for a 250MW extension to the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay. The extension will be located next to the existing 90MW Burbo Bank wind farm and will feature as many as 69 wind turbine generators and the necessary associated offshore infrastructure.

Upon completion, the extension will generate sufficient electric power for about 170,000 households. (Source: Dong Energy, EBR, Others, 29 Sept., 2014) Contact: Dong Energy, Samuel Leupold, VP for Wind, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Dong Energy news,  Wind news,  Offshore Wind news,  


UK Fleets Targeted by EU Energy Efficiency Leg. (Reg & Leg)
DECC,European Union's Energy Efficiency Directive,
Date: 2014-08-29
To meet the European Union's Energy Efficiency Directive, the UK Government has established the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) that requires all non-SMEs -- companies employing 250 or more people or with an annual turnover exceeding £40 million and a balance sheet exceeding £34m -- to complete an audit every four years. Public organizations are exempt from the scheme.

Under the scheme, qualifying companies must measure their total energy consumption across their transport, buildings and industrial activities over a 12-month period, with the first report sent to the scheme administrator, Environment Agency, by December 5, 2015. The qualification date for the first audit is December 31, 2014.

ESOS was established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which calculates around 9,400 companies qualify, with 8,500 assumed to operate fleets. The ESOS assessment estimates the proportion of energy consumption attributable to business used by company car and van fleets, as well as grey fleet cars. For vans it is estimated at 59 percent, company cars 8 percent and 9 percent for grey fleet cars calculated using purpose of trip data.

The Government's ESOS guide estimates that an audit could trigger a 2 percent reduction in energy consumption for business travel in company car fleets and a 1 percent cut in energy consumption by vans. Private travel in company cars and vans is excluded from the audit. It is estimated that energy efficiency recommendations could collectively lead to £1.6 billion savings for businesses -- equivalent to a 0.7 percent average energy reduction -- in the period to 2030. (Source: UK DECC, FleetNews, 26 Aug., 2014) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Energy Consumptio news,  Fleet Energy Efficiency news,  


Forest2Market says DECC Incorrectly Used Biomass Data (Ind. Report)
Forest2Market
Date: 2014-08-15
Following-up on our July 25th report -- UK DECC Introduces New Biomass Calculator -- North Carolina-based Forest2Market has written to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to highlight "inaccurate and misleading" use of its research in the UK government's "biomass calculator"which was designed to help developers ensure they were sourcing materials responsibly and minimizing carbon emissions. .

According to Forest2Market, the DECC's use of the data, which was drawn from Forest2Market's analysis of the North American sector, for price and demand in generating the calculator's scenarios has created inaccuracies that "seriously undermine the report's conclusions". The company claims DECC's work "fabricates" a connection between "the acknowledgement of an increase in demand from pellet manufacturers from 2012 to 2013 in one source and a 22 percent increase in pine pulpwood prices reported in another". The combination, it said, "is misleading, as each source covers a different time-frame".

The study, Forest2Market goes on, also fails to give an "accurate view of demand increases" in the entire US market, having focused solely on oriented strand board and pellets in the south. The company's own work cites a 1.4 percent or 1.73 million wet tonne demand increase from 2012 to 2013 among all pine pulpwood consumers. According to Forest2Markets, "This 1.4 percent increase is significantly less than the 22 percent number that the report would like its audience to focus on. Again, DECC's selective use of data gives the appearance of bias."

Elsewhere, increase in pulp pinewood demand from 2014 to 2018 is forecast in the DECC report as 17 percent while Forest2Market says "the figure itself shows an 11 percent increase during that period and the original source confirms this 11 percent increase."

The company concludes: "Because these data are critical for understanding the relative value of biomass sources for reducing GHG emissions, Forest2Market suggest those making policy based on this report proceed with caution." (Source: Forest2Market, 12 Aug., 2014) Contact: Forest2Market, Suz-Anne Kinney, Communications Manager, (980) 233-4021, www.forest2market.com; UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags Forest2Market news,  UK DECC news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  


Drax Denied Disputed Coal-to-Biomass Subsidy (Int'l., Reg & Leg)
DRAX,DECC
Date: 2014-08-11
UK power producer Drax has come up on the short end of the stick in a dispute with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)over the government's decision to deny a lucrative subsidy.

In December, the company was advised that it could receive government funding under a new subsidy scheme for converting two of its coal-powered power plants into biomass-fueled generators. The dispute arose in April, when ministers unexpectedly announced funding was being denied for one unit on the grounds it was ineligible for the scheme. The high court subsequently ruled in favor of Drax, saying the second unit was eligible for the "investment contract" subsidy.

On Thursday the company said: "Drax confirms that the court of appeal has reached a decision in relation to the appeal by the department of energy and climate change against the high court judgment that Drax's second unit conversion is eligible for an investment contract. "The court of appeal has allowed DECC's appeal and dismissed Drax's application for judicial review. Accordingly, the second unit conversion is no longer eligible for an investment contract. Having taken legal advice, Drax will not appeal against this decision." The firm added it will now consider its options for the planned biomass conversion, which is still eligible for a lower subsidy under the renewables obligation scheme. (Source: Drax, Guardian 7 Aug., 2014) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DRAX news,  DECC news,  Coal-Fired Power news,  


UK Launches Carbon Mgmt., Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Reg & Leg, Int'l)
UK DECC
Date: 2014-07-28
In the UK, the government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) just released mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity (Envantage) Scheme (ESOS) is being touted as a way to to help reduce business energy costs by £1.6 billion by 2030. ESOS is an energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings and their corporate groups. Under the nationwide scheme, businesses will be required to look closely at their energy usage to identify cost-effective energy savings. About 9,400 non-government large enterprises will be required to calculate their energy use from next year under a major new scheme being rolled out by the government that aims to slash power costs and carbon emissions across industry.

The government hopes that by mandating businesses across a range of sectors to measure their energy use, they will then take simple steps to curb demand. Its impact assessment shows the scheme could deliver an average energy reduction of 0.7 percent for businesses and total savings of £1.6 billion over the period to 2030.

Details and additional ESOS information is available HERE. (Source: DECC, Envantage Carbon Management Consultants, Altenergymag.com, July 25, 2014) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk; Envantage Carbon Management Consultants, +44 (0) 1 41 29 70 00, http://www.envantage.co.uk/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos.html

Tags UK DECC news,  Energy Management news,  Climate Change news,  


UK DECC Introduces New Biomass Calculator (New Prod & Tech)
UK DECC
Date: 2014-07-25
In the UK, the Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)has introduced the Bioenergy Emissions and Counterfactual Model, a new scientific calculator that will help developers ensure they are sourcing their biomass responsibly.

The calculator can be used to assess the impact on carbon emissions of biomass sourced from North America to produce electricity, and is the first published by government to take account of changes in the amount of carbon stored in forests over the lifetime of a biomass project, according to the DECC.

The DECC's Bioenergy Strategy, published in 2012, stressed that only bioenergy from sustainable sources should be used and DECC last year unveiled new biomass sustainability criteria that are amongst the toughest in the world. Beginning in 2015 , power generators unable to comply with the criteria will lose financial support. (Source: UK DECC, reNews, Others, 24 July, 2014) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags UK DECC news,  Biomass news,  Carbon Storage news,  


Britain Sticks with Plans to Halve Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
UK
Date: 2014-07-25
In the UK, the government says it will stick with its guns and cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2027 from 1990 levels -- despite fierce political opposition. The government hopes that the high, 50-percent target will set the country on track towards cutting emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by the middle of the century. Opponents have called for a weaker emissions target for the period between 2023 and 2027, ostensibly to protect the economy, according to a Reuters report.

Ed Davey, Britain's secretary of state for energy and climate change, said in a statement that "Retaining the budget at its existing level provides certainty for businesses and investors by demonstrating government's commitment to our long-term decarbonization goals. Davey added that revisions to the targets at this this time would be "premature," especially as the European Union is in negotiations to set a strict reduction target. (Source: UK DECC, Various Sources, The Hill, 22 July, 2014)

Tags Carbon Emissions news,  UK Carbon Emissions news,  


DECC Launches £10Mn Business Energy Efficiency Investment Scheme (Int'l., Ind. Report)
DECC
Date: 2014-07-23
In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a new £10 million investment aimed at helping businesses become more energy efficient. Measures such as helping companies switch from traditional lighting to LED and updating motors and pumps to cut electrical consumption will all be offered through this new £10 million investment.

The scheme will see businesses competing for a share of the funding, with companies urged to demonstrate how these efficiency improvements would not be possible with financial support from the government. More than 300 diverse organizations have registered their interest in the DECC's approach to delivering energy efficiency funds. (Source: DECC, Assoc. for Consultancy and Engineering, 29 July, 2014) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


UK Wants Changes to EU ETS (Int'l., Ind. Report)
EU ETS,UK DECC
Date: 2014-07-18
In the UK, the government is proposing reform measures aimed improving the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and encouraging a more low carbon economy.

Among other measures, the UK is considering a cancellation of surplus allowances through the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), a revision of these allowances, still ensuring those who need support are protected, and cutting unnecessary red tape. In a recent statement, Ed Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change (DECC)said "The UK is asking for bold and comprehensive reforms to restore the ability of the EU ETS to drive cost-effective emission reduction and low carbon investment. A glut of emission allowances on the carbon market has thrown the system off course. This is delaying the low-carbon investment that countries need now to meet long term targets, and thwarting the economic growth that these investments will bring."

The EU ETS, the largest greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the world, covers multiple countries and sectors in an effort to help meet law enforced emission reduction targets in a cost-effective way. The ETS includes thousands of power stations and organizations such as universities, hospitals and aviation operators. (Source: UK DECC, Blue&Green Tomorrow, 17 July, 2014) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags EU ETS news,  UK DECC news,  Cap-and-Trade news,  


DECC Announces Energy Back-Up Plan (Int'l., Ind. Report)
DECC
Date: 2014-07-02
In the UK, Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Secretary Ed Davey government has confirmed that the government plans to purchase more than 53GW of power from gas plants, energy storage and demand reduction schemes, through a back-up capacity market that is designed to keep the lights on. Secretary Davey said the government would auction 50.8GW of back-up capacity on 9 December this year that would provide power in 2018/19. A second auction slated for 2017 will contract out 1.5GW.

The capacity mechanism will pay generators to provide back-up power as a number of coal plants face closure and the UK installs an increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy supply.

Companies will bid for 15-year contracts, with prices capped at £75/kW in a bid to protect consumers from ever-rising power costs. Existing power plants will be eligible for rolling one-year agreements to remain operational or for up to three years if refurbishment is needed.

An impact assessment suggests tht the scheme could add £2 to the average household energy bill annually until 2030. (Source: DECC, Business Green, 30 June, 2014) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Energy Storage news,  


Forest Fuels gains DECC approval
Forest Fuels, DECC
Date: 2014-06-30
In the UK, Forest Fuels has been approved as a supplier on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Biomass Suppliers List for both wood chips and pellets. The list is intended to help provide renewable heat incentive (RHI) participants with a way to demonstrate that their fuel complies with RHI sustainability standards. Forest Fuels is also third-party Quality Assured via Woodsure for wood chip and ENplus for wood pellet fuels.

The Biomass Suppliers List is one of a suite of ways that DECC ensures that installations supported via the RHI scheme cut carbon emissions and that the fuel they are burning is sustainably sourced. Beginning spring 2015, all biomass fuel used by households, businesses and other organizations claiming the RHI must meet a life cycle greenhouse gas emissions target of 60 percent savings against the EU fossil fuel average and land criteria, which for wood fuel are set out in the UK Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity. (Source: Forest Fuels, DECC, June, 2014) Contact: Forest Fuels, Peter Solly,Managing Director, +44 (0) 1 409 281 977, http://www.forestfuels.co.uk; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  DECC news,  


UK CCSRC Awards £2.5Mn for CCS R&D (Int'l., Funding)
UK DECC,UKCCSRC
Date: 2014-06-25
In Edinburgh, the UK government-supported Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has announced £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in funding for 14 new research projects, geared towards accelerating the commercialization of CCS technology. The announcement was made on Friday as energy minister Michael Fallon opened the UKCCSRC's pilot-scale advanced CO2-capture technology (PACT) facilities in South Yorkshire.

Seven projects worth £1.1 million will focus on carbon capture, including research into novel materials and processing routes to separate emissions. A further £1 million will be invested in five projects investigating other related issues including the performance of flow meters for measuring piped gas and methods for sheltering from an escape of CO2. Two other projects looking into carbon storage have been awarded just under £400,000. The funds are in addition to £2 million from a range of industrial partners in the UK and overseas.

The funding is part of wider government plans to commercialize CCS technology which it says is the only way that the country can significantly cut CO2 emissions and keep fossil fuels in the UK's energy mix. (Source: Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, TCE Today, 24 June, 2014) Contact: Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, +44 (0) 131 650 8564, https://ukccsrc.ac.uk

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  DECC news,  


World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
UK DECC,
Date: 2014-06-23
In the UK, Scottish Power Renewables' proposed East Anglia One offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk, has been given the go-ahead by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). When fully operational, the project, which may well be the world's largest, will utilize as many 240 Vattenfall turbines and generate sufficient electricity for approximately 820,000 homes. With 240 wind turbines, East Anglia One would be significantly larger than the London Array, off the Kent coast, which is currently the largest offshore windfarm in the world. (Source: UK DECC, Guardian, 17 June, 2014) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk; http://eastangliaone.eastangliawind.com; Scottish Power Renewables, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com; Vattenfall, www.vattenfall.com

Tags news,  UK DECC news,  Vattenfall news,  Scottish Power Renewables news,  


SgurrControl Launches Offshore Wind Reliability Project (Int'l.)
SgurrControl,Romax Technology
Date: 2014-06-16
Glasgow-based tidal and wind turbine specialist SgurrControl has launched a two-year offshore wind reliability project, supported by a £667,000 grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme.

The project will demonstrate the capability of the ther company's individual blade control (ATLAS) technology to realize large reductions in blade loads on offshore wind turbines. The project will provide a quantitative assessment of the benefits of using ATLAS and will inform the industry and manufacturers of the impact of loads. ATLAS will be implemented on a Blaaster Wind Technologies 3MW DL101 wind turbine in Valsneset, Norway , and will include two SgurrEnergy Galion Lidar devices to further analyze the response of the wind turbine to variations in wind shear, veer and gusts flowing into the turbine.

As part of the project, Romax Technology will provide drivetrain and simulation expertise to identify the most damaging events which will then be used to target controller optimization. Romax's analysis techniques and cost modeling will close the loop on wind turbine system response modelling. (Source: SqurrControl, WindTech, 12 June, 2014) Contact: SqurrControl, +44 141 559 6180, http://www.sgurrcontrol.com; Romax Technology, +44 115 951 8800. www.romaxtech.com

Tags Offshore Wind news,  SgurrControl news,  Wind news,  Lidar news,  


UK Slashing Solar RO Support (Int'l, Ind. Report)
DECC
Date: 2014-05-28
In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed plans to remove financial support for solar developments of over 5MW capacity effective as of April, 2015. The Department cites recent growth in the large-scale solar energy sector fueled by Renewables Obligation (RO) support and related budgetary restraints for the decision. The move apparently caught the UK solar industry off-guard. Sources said the move will add further instability and uncertainty to the industry and undermine growth.

Interestingly, on April 9th we reported that the DECC published a Solar Strategy statement designed to enact a "further step change in deployment" of solar in the UK. The document, the first dedicated solar strategy released by any European government, signaled the growth of the UK PV sector over the last few years. The strategy places particular emphasis on encouraging the deployment of rooftop solar, especially the under-performing commercial-scale sector. In addition, the strategy confirms that the government is targeting one million solar homes by 2015.

It would appear that the British bureaucracy has changed gears. (Source: DECC, Carbon Legacy, 26 May, 2014), Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Solar news,  Solar Subsidies news,  


UK Deriving Emissions linked to Climate Change Network £918,000 Funding Renewed (Int'l., Funding)
UK DECC
Date: 2014-05-09
A network of integrated greenhouse gas measurements in the UK and Ireland -- the first of its kind in Europe -- has been awarded renewed funding of £918,000 by the UK Deriving Emissions linked to Climate Change Network (UK DECC) to cover ongoing operation costs.

The UK DECC was launched in 2011 by researchers at the University of Bristol, led by Professor Simon O'Doherty in the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group.

The DECC network consists of four stations in the UK and Ireland which make high-frequency measurements of all major greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and a suite of halocarbons. The measurements are used in conjunction with an atmospheric transport model to infer emissions and to better understand the processes that drive these emissions.

The network has allowed researchers to improve understanding of unknown or unreported sources of greenhouse gases in the UK. The UK's emissions are reported to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as part of the Kyoto Protocol. (Source: UK DECC, 8 May, 2014) Contact: UK DECC, http://www.bristol.ac.uk

Tags UK DECC news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change Launches Dedicated Solar Strategy -- Report Attached (Int'l., Ind. Report)
DECC
Date: 2014-04-09
In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published a Solar Strategy designed to enact a "further step change in deployment" of solar in the UK. The document is the first dedicated solar strategy released by any European government, signalling the remarkable growth of the UK PV sector over the last few years.

The strategy places particular emphasis on encouraging the deployment of rooftop solar, especially the under-performing commercial-scale sector. In addition, the strategy confirms that the government is targeting one million solar homes by 2015.

The DECC is working on allowing permitted development rights for roof-mounted solar up to 1MW as well as working with Ofgem to simplify the ROO-FiT application process. The DECC is also "considering changes to the financial support available to the sector to encourage further deployment".

The full Solar Strategy document can be found HERE. (Source: UK. GOV, DECC, UK Solar Power Portal, 4 April, 2014) Contact DECC, Greg Barker, Minister, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags UK Solar news,  UK DECC news,  Solar news,  Rooftop Solar news,  


British Wind Power Wins DECC Support (Int'l. Funding)
DECC
Date: 2014-03-19
In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has awarded a total of £4.6 million to 2-B Energy, High Voltage Partial Discharge Ltd., SgurrControl Ltd. and Ocean Resource Ltd. to research ways to cut offshore wind energy costs by streamlining design and installation of turbines. Design concepts range from a two-blade turbine to a control system aimed at increasing the lifespan of offshore wind infrastructure.

Britain has more installed offshore wind capacity than the rest of the world combined. In February, the DECC reported that low-carbon resources accounted for 32.7 percent of the energy supplied to the British market last year -- up from the 29.4 percent reported for 2012. (Source: DECC, 18 March., 2014) Contact: DECC, Greg Barker, Minister, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Renewable Energy news,  Wind news,  


UK DECC Extends Cash-Back Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l)
DECC
Date: 2014-02-26
In the UK, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has extended the Green Deal cash-back scheme for UK householders who carry out energy efficiency improvements to help drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions.

Applications deadlines for the Green Deal Cash-Back program have been extended to 30 June 2014. Cash-back rebate amount has also been increased on certain Green Deal measures, which include a rise of £650 on the amount available for solid wall insulation, which means that householders can now claim up to £4,000 for this energy saving measure. Cash-back for insulation is increased from £220 to £1,000, while up to £650 can now be claimed installing double glazed windows.

DECC has also increased the cap on cash-back payments to two thirds of a household's total contribution towards costs. This cap was previously 50 percent. (Source: DECC, Financial News, 20 Feb., 2014) Contact DECC, Greg Barker, Minister, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags DECC news,  Energy Efficiency Rebates news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


UK Green-Deal Cash-Back Scheme Extended (Int'l., Ind. Report)
UK DECC
Date: 2014-02-24
In the UK, changes to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Green Deal cash-back energy efficiency scheme have been announced in an attempt to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

The changes extend the program's timeline and increases the amount of money consumers get back on some Green Deal measures, such as double glazing, solid wall insulation and insulation.

DECC consulted informally on the changes to the Green Deal scheme and, as a result, has extended the time available to households to apply for money back on energy efficiency measures from 31 March 2014 to 30 June 2014, with energy improvements to be installed, and vouchers redeemed, by 30 September 2014. It has also increased the cash-back available on some Green Deal measures:

  • Up to £4,000 is now available for solid wall insulation, up from £650;
  • Up to £1,000 for anyone needing "room in roof" insulation, increased from £220;
  • Up to £650 for households installing double glazing, from £320. DECC has also raised the cap on cash-back payments from 50 percent of a household's contribution towards costs, to two thirds, meaning more people will be eligible for the maximum cash-back level. (Source: DECC, Green Click, 18 Feb., 2014) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags UK DECC news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency INcentive news,  Energy Efficiency Rebate news,  


  • Biofuel Accounts for 3% of UK Transportation Fuel (Int'l)
    UK DECC
    Date: 2014-02-17
    According U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for the full 2012 to 2013 compliance year and a portion of the current compliance year, which ends on April 14 , 1.340 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of renewable fuel were supplied during the 12-month period, which ran from April 15, 2012 through April 12, 2013 -- that is 3 percent of U.K.'s total road transportation fuel.

    The data also shows that 1.863 billion renewable transport fuel certificates (RTFCs) were issued to fuel meeting sustainability requirements, of which 1.058 billion were issued to double counting feedstocks. Ethanol accounted for 59 percent of the 1.334 billion liters of biofuel that meet sustainability requirements; biodiesel 37 percent; biomethanol and methyl tertiary butyl (MTB) ether accounted for 5 percent, and small volumes of biogas and vegetable oil.

    For biofuel for which RTFCs were issued, U.S. corn was the most widely reported source for ethanol, with 254 million liters. This is 19 percent of total biofuel and 32 percent of ethanol. Approximately 40 percent of the fuel was made from double counting feedstocks and 21 percent was sourced from U.K. feedstocks. An aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of 66 percent was achieved, excluding indirect land use change emissions.

    Approximately 81 percent of the fuel was sourced from a voluntary scheme. The most commonly used voluntary scheme was International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) with 66 percent of the fuel.

    For the current compliance year ending April 15, 876 million liters of renewable fuel have been supplied to date. (Source: DECC, 14 Feb., 2014) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags Renewable Fuel news,  UK DECC news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  UK Biofuel news,  


    DECC Sinks £8Mn in Liquid-Air Energy Storage (Funding)
    UK DECC,Highview Power Storage
    Date: 2014-02-14
    In the UK, Viridor Waste Management Ltd. And London-headquartered Highview Power Storage have received more than £8 million in Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) government funding to develop liquid-air-based technology for energy storage. The technology that stores energy by compressing air into liquid form.Air turns to liquid when chilled to -196 degrees C. By storing the liquid air in large vessels, Highview Power Storage can use it to generate electricity on demand: exposing the liquid air to ambient temperatures causes it to rapidly expand and turn back into a gas, and this process can be used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. .

    Highview develops large-scale energy storage systems for utilities and power systems operators. Its liquid air energy storage plants can be designed with capacities from 5 megawatt-hours (MWh) to 1,000 MWh. (Source: Highview Power Storage, Greenbang, 13 Feb., 2014) Contact: Highview Power Storage, +44 (0) 207 872 5800, http://www.highview-power.com; Viridor Waste Management , +44 (0) 1823 721 400, ; DECC

    More Energy Overviews UK DECC news,  Liquid-Air Energy Storage news,  Energy Storahe news,  Highview Power Storage news,  


    UK Carbon Emissions Beat Targeted Limit (Int'l. Report)
    UK DECC,
    Date: 2014-02-07
    According to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the UK emitted 2,987.1 megatonnes of equivalent CO2 in 2013. Under the the country's Climate Change Act, Britain is required to keep emissions below 3,018 megatonnes.

    The UK is working towards a target of cutting emissions by 80 percent , when compared to 1990, by 2050. Increased investment and interest in clean energy sources should help the UK meet its target of an emissions reduction of 42 percent by 2020. Renewable energy and green energy investments are booming in the UK. Renewable electricity generation doubled and £31 billion of renewable energy investment has been announced since 2010. (Source: UK DECC, blue & green, Feb.5, 2014) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

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    DONG Snares Centrica's Race Bank Wind Farm Project (M&A, Int'l)
    Centrica plc, DONG Energy
    Date: 2013-12-16
    UK-based Centrica plc has agreed to sell its Race Bank offshore wind farm project 27km off the Norfolk Coast to DONG Energy Power (UK) Limited for £50 million. When completed and fully operational, the Race Bank project could meet the annual electric power needs of over 450,000 UK homes.

    In 2004 Centrica was awarded a 50-year lease from The Crown Estate to develop the Race Bank Wind farm. A consent application was submitted to the Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in January 2009 and consent was awarded in 2012. In November 2013 Race Bank was not included on the list of projects awarded the early enabling Contract for Difference. (Source: Centrica plc, Grimsby Telegraph, 12 Dec., 2013) Contact: Centrica plc, Mark Hanafin, Managing Director, +44 (0)1753 494900, http://www.centrica.com: DONG Energy, Executive Vice President Samuel Leupold, VP for Wind, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

    Tags Centrica Energy news,  DONG Energy news,  Wind news,  Wind (M&A) news,  


    UK Alliance Wants Gov. to Back Low Carbon Economy (Ind. Report)
    UK
    Date: 2013-12-13
    A just released joint statement from an alliance of more than 100 UK businesses, investors, faith groups and NGOs, including WWF, has urged H.M.'s government to ensure business stability by adhering the UK's carbon emissions reduction plan. The alliance called on decision-makers to follow the also just released recommendations of the DECC's Committee on Climate Change and to uphold the government's ambitious Fourth Carbon Budget.

    The Fourth Carbon budget -- part of the UK's Climate Change Act -- sets out the amount by which the UK economy must reduce its carbon emissions during the 2020s. Sticking to these targets is critical in ensuring a stable future for the UK's climate and giving businesses the certainty they need to commit significant investments to the country's promising low-carbon economy and maintaining energy security, according to the Alliance.

    According to David Nussbaum, CEO of Alliance member WWF-UK, "There is widespread consensus across business sectors and civil society that the government must stop blowing hot and cold on its support to the UK's fast growing low-carbon economy, a sector that according to the CBI could halve the UK's trade deficit in the next financial year. The government must use this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to ambitious emission cuts in the 2020s and thereby signal that the UK is open for low-carbon business and ready to play its part in a global effort to tackle climate change." (Source: WWF News, 10 Dec., 2013) Contact: WWF UK, David Nussbaum, CEO, +44 (0) 1483 426444, http://www.wwf.org.uk

    Tags Low Carbon Economy news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    UK Rethinking Renewable Energy Support (Int'l)
    DECC
    Date: 2013-12-06
    In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is planning to cut support for solar and onshore wind energy as part of a major change to the way that the government subsidizes renewable energy.

    Wind -- The government, and the opposition, are in accord that past investments in onshore wind and solar power renders them no longer in need of the same level of state support as other renewable energy resources. The UK's 5,100 operating wind turbines currently generate 7.5 percent of the country's electricity, according to the latest government statistics. The government wants to increase offshore wind capacity from around 3.7GW to 16GW, and onshore wind capacity from 6.7GW to 13GW by 2020.

    Solar, Tidal and Wave Power -- Solar, wave and tidal power combined contribute only 0.5 percent to the island nation's energy mix. Even so, the government plans to reach 10GW by 2020, the equivalent of powering around 7 million homes, but is aiming for 20GW before 2023. The country with the largest solar capacity last year was Germany, which had the capacity to produce 7.6GW of power, but China, the US and Japan are expected to overtake Germany in 2014. The UK came tenth on the list but is predicted to rise to seventh place by 2014.

    Hydropower -- Hydro accounts for just 1.2 percent of all electricity generation in the UK. Large-scale expansion opportunities are limited since most economically attractive hydro sites have already been developed. Accordingly, hydropower is expected to make only a modest contribution to the government's 2020 renewable energy targets. Recent studies estimate that at best, hydro can only increase by around 850MW to 1550MW.

    Bioenergy -- Although Bioenergy accounts for 6.3 per cent of all UK power generation, the government suggests that sustainably-sourced bioenergy could contribute as much as 11 per cent of the UK total energy demand by 2020.

    According to the DECC, the UK needs to double the amount of electricity it generates from renewable energy if it wants to meet its targets for 2020. Between April and June this year, green energy sources accounted for around 15.5 per cent of electricity but this needs to increase to 30 per cent in the next seven years. The government claims to be making "very good progress", with £31 billion in private sector investment in renewable electricity since since 2010. (Source: DECC, The Week, Others, 4 Dec., 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  Renewable Energy Subsidies news,  Wind news,  Solat news,  Hydro news,  Wave Power news,  Tidal Power news,  Bioenergy news,  


    UK Halts Third-World Coal Power Plant Funding (Int'l, Funding)
    DECC
    Date: 2013-11-25
    The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced in Warsaw last week that with the exception of "rare cases", it will no longer fund coal-fired power stations in developing countries. Until now, UK funds donated to poorer nations through multilateral development banks could be invested in coal plants. The U.S. has a similar policy in place. The DECC did not disclose the amount spent on such projects , but the US Natural Resources Defence Council suggests that the figure has exceeded £350 since 2007.

    In making the announcement, UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the practice "conflicted with the UK's goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions." The US and the World Bank made similar announcements over the summer. According to the US Natural Resources Defence Council, Japan has been the biggest funder of overseas coal plants since 2007 ($19.7bn) followed by the US ($8.9bn) and Germany ($6.0bn). (Source: UK DECC, The Engineer, 21 Nov., 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  Coal news,  Cola Power Plants news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Forest2Market Launches Wood Pellet Info Campaign (Ind. Report)
    Forest2Market
    Date: 2013-11-20
    Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered Forest2Market has kicked off a 24-part series to educate wood pellet project developers about the complexities of the US wood supply chain. The first article, An Introduction to UK Biomass Sustainability Standards, examines the policy decisions the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recently made in regards to greenhouse gas trajectories and sustainable forest management criteria.

    The seven articles that remain in the first month of the campaign will focus on topics ranging from feed-in tariffs and certificates for difference to how wood pellet project developers can demonstrate their feedstock supply is sourced from a sustainable wood basin.

    Suzanne Hearn, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, commented on the ideas behind this new project. "Since we launched our Forest2Fuel product line in 2007, we have had the opportunity to speak to wood pellet project developers at various stages of project development. Regardless of where these projects were in the development cycle, common questions and themes emerged. With this in mind, we set out to provide information about the wood supply chain that industry participants will find helpful as they develop and execute their projects."

    The first four weeks of the campaign will feature content based on the UK energy policy initiatives that are driving the market for industrial wood pellets manufactured in the US South. Months two and three will focus on the nuances of the wood supply chain, particularly in the US South, and how to use supply agreements to minimize feedstock costs.

    In addition to the articles on the F2M Market Watch blog, eBooks and white papers will also be available. The information campaign will conclude in mid-February.

    Forest2Market provides solutions to complex supply chain challenges faced by those involved in wood bioenergy projects. In all stages of project development, Forest2Fuel customers use the company's services to ensure project success, locate green and brown field development sites, plan feedstock procurement strategies, manage feedstock risk over time and ensure long-term operational efficiencies. Forest2Market provides market pricing data as well as wood and fiber supply chain expertise to customers in the forest, wood and paper products, recycled paper & packaging and bioenergy industries. (Source: Forest2Market, 19 Nov., 2013) Contact: Forest2Market, Suzanne Hearn, VP Marketing and Sales, (980) 233-4010 or (541) 302-8010, www.forest2market.com

    Tags Forest2Market news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  


    Wind Farm Proximity Pinches Property Prices, say Realtors (Int'l)
    Wind Farms
    Date: 2013-11-04
    In the UK, the Daily Telegraph reports that a Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) study into the impact of wind farms on rural property prices is being kept on the back burner by DECC officials amid fears it will conclude that turbines harm property prices. The Telegraph's contention is being supported by many real estate agents who say that wind farms can reduce the value of nearby homes by as much as eight per cent. An agent with The Buying Solution, which helps people find homes in both London and the countryside, adds that wind farms could knock tens thousands of pounds off the value of a home.

    Record numbers of onshore wind farms have been approved for construction in the UK this year, with 188 new onshore wind farms receiving approvals between the beginning of January and the end of August; a 49 per cent increase on the same period in 2012. (Source: Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct 2013)

    Tags UK Wind news,  Wind news,  


    Scotland's CO2 Cuts Top 10 Million Tonnes (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions,Scotland,DECC
    Date: 2013-10-04
    In Scotland, the UK Dept of Eenergy and Climate Change (DCEE) is reporting that 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions were displaced by renewable electricity generation in Scotland in 2012. DECC data revealed output of 14,825GWh to deliver the 24 percent rise in savings from 8.3 million tonnes the previous year.

    Scottish Renewables CEO Niall Stuart trumpeted the news as confirmation that Scotland's "investment in renewables is already delivering results." Stuart did some quick math then added that "Ten million tonnes is the equivalent of removing 99.1 percent of carbon emissions generated from every car, bus, lorry and train journey in Scotland." (Source: UK DECC, Scottish Renewables, renews, 3 Oct., 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk; Scottish Renewables, +44 (0) 141 353 4980, info@scottishrenewables.com, http://www.scottishrenewables.com

    Tags Carbon Emissions news,  DECC news,  


    Consortium Wins £1m to Cut Data Centers Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Alquist,Schneider Electric,Verizon
    Date: 2013-07-22
    In the UK, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has awarded £1 million to a consortium headed by Cambridge-based start-up Alquist to help UK data centers reduce their carbon footprint. Alquist will work with its consortium members, Verizon and Schneider, to achieve significant CO2 reductions by integrating the start-up's Celsius temperature monitoring system into two of their London-based data centers. The Celsius temperature monitoring system uses advanced laser technology and fibre-optics to create high definition temperature maps of data center server racks and power transmission equipment. This real-time information enables data center staff to optimize airflow and air conditioning settings pro-actively resulting in a 10 to 30 percent reduction in electricity bills and a reduction of 2,000 tpy in carbon emissions.

    According to Alquist founder Andrew Jones, "Data center managers have very limited visibility of temperature fluctuation across their data halls. Celsius offers thousands of real-time sensing points. This new visibility enables managers to cool equipment far more efficiently, and make significant energy savings." According to Alquist, data centers are forecast to consume 6 percent of UK electricity by 2020. The company hopes that the government funding will help it refine the Celsius system and provide hard evidence of actual savings at the consortium projects. (Source: Alquist, ComputerWorldUK, July 19, 2013) Contact: Alquist, +44 1767 677880, info@alquist.co.uk, www.alquist.com; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com; Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  Data Center news,  Carbon Footprint news,  Schneider Electric news,  


    UK Launches Renewable Heat Feed-In Tariff Incentives (Int'l)
    DECC
    Date: 2013-07-19
    A new UK Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will pay homeowners a feed-in tariff (FIT) for energy generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps. The FIT scheme is designed to encourage the adoption of renewable energy systems in the UK, cut carbon emissions and help drive down the cost of electricity bills for working families. Only technologies that help the UK meet its European Union renewable energy target obligations will be eligible under the new tariff arrangements. The RHI is being hailed as a world first by parent agency, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

    The RHI is open to households that have installed an eligible renewable heat technology since 2009. Payments will be made quarterly for seven years -- the expected payback time of a renewable heating system, taking into account the falling cost of solar thermal and heat pump technologies. (Source: DECC, Energy Matters, July 16, 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  FITs news,  Renewable Energy Incentive news,  


    UK Energy Efficient Homes Worth Up to 38% More (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2013-06-19
    Improving the energy efficiency of a home can increase its value by 14 percent on average and up to 38 percent in some parts of England, according to recently released Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures. The DECC concluded that installing improvements such as insulation or efficient boilers to raise a building's Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating can significantly increase the value of the asset.

    DECC examined more than 300,000 property investment deals made in England between 1995 and 2011 and found that energy efficient homes could be worth an average £ 16,000 more. (Source: DECC, iNVEZZ, June 17, 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags Energy Efficiency news,  DECC news,  


    London Schools Cut Carbon Emissions under RE:FIT Program (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2013-06-05
    A UK project to save £32million and cut carbon emissions by more than 125,000 tonnes over the next 10 years in London's schools has been launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson. The RE:FIT Schools Energy Efficiency Programme will identify energy savings opportunities, offer free technical support to make those changes, and provide access to an interest free loan to cover the costs of installing energy saving equipment, such as improved insulation, low energy lighting systems and new, efficient boilers. Up to 200 schools and academies in the capital could become more energy efficient under the program. The Program is supported by the Department for Education (DfE), Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Salix Finance, who provide interest free loans to public sector organisations under taking energy efficiency work. (Source: London24, 5 June, 2013)

    More Energy Overviews Carbon Emissions news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    UK Posts Europe's Highest CO2 Emissions Rise (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions,DECC
    Date: 2013-06-03
    Britain's CO2 emissions increased by 18 million tonnes, or 3.9 percent, in 2012 -- more than those of any other European nation. Germany recorded the next highest CO2 emissions rise, at 0.9 percent, while both Belgium and Finland cut their emissions by 11.8 percent. Sweden achieved a 10.1 percent drop. Britain was one of only four EU countries in which CO2 emissions rose last year. The increase was three times the 6.4 million tonne rise by Germany, according to the European Commission's statistics agency.

    A vote on 4 June, 2012 in favour of a proposal to make Britain's electricity supply almost entirely green by 2030 has been backed by the Liberal Democrats and the energy secretary, Ed Davey, but opposed by Chancellor George Osborne. According to a spokesman for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC): cheaper coal relative to gas has resulted in a short-term increase in the amount of carbon emissions from UK power stations. The amount of coal generation is expected to decline rapidly by 2020 as a result of our move to a low-carbon economy. Carbon dioxide levels generally rise because of increased use of central heating, an increase in manufacturing production and energy generators switched from gas to coal. (Source: DECC, International Business Times, 30 May, 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags Carbon Emissions news,  DECC news,  


    DECC says UK Energy Efficiency could Deliver £2.3Bn Savings (Int'l)
    DECC,Energy Management Alliance
    Date: 2013-05-29
    In the UK, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its response to the consultation on options to permanently reduce electricity demand. The DECC found "significant potential for greater energy efficiency in the UK, which could ultimately deliver £2.3 billion in savings up to 2030 in addition to lowering energy bills, reducing emissions and creating jobs."

    The Energy Management Alliance (EMA), comprising of the UK's leading professional energy management companies and industry bodies, welcomed the DECC's response to this consultation and its formal recognition of the potential opportunities that demand side measures can provide. The EMA also welcomed the DECC's proposed amendments to the Energy Bill noting that the "Government proposes to amend the Energy Bill such that a market wide financial incentive to encourage permanent reductions in electricity demand could be delivered via the Capacity Market." The incentive is also expected to be supported by a number of non-financial measures to augment its success. (Source: DECC, Information Daily, 24 May, 2013) Contact: Energy Management Alliance, www.chpa.co.uk; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags Energy Management news,  DECC news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    UK Residential Renewable Heat Incentives Increased (Int'l)
    DECC
    Date: 2013-05-22
    The Government has boosted the incentives for householders looking to install renewable heating systems. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reports that "money-off" vouchers available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme have been increased to £2,300 for ground source heat pumps, £2,000 for biomass boilers, £1,300 for air source heat pumps and £600 for solar thermal systems. The RHPP scheme, first launched in July 2011, is designed to encourage householders to switch to renewable heat from traditional heating systems by offering money off the cost of the equipment -- targeting those living off the gas grid, where most money on bills and carbon can be saved.

    The scheme was extended in March this year until the end of March 2014 ahead of the launch of a Renewable Heat Incentive for householders, with around £12 million up for grabs, and incentives being doubled in most cases. The additional voucher values are intended to reflect the cost of a Green Deal assessment, as well as installation costs. (Source: DECC, E&T, 20 May, 2013) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  Energy Efficiency Incentives news,  


    UK DECC Awards £21Mn in Low-Carbon Tech. Funding (Int'l, Funding)
    DECC
    Date: 2013-05-10
    In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is awarding £21 million to entrepreneurs to encourage the development of new and innovative low carbon technologies. £16 million is going to the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, £2 million to Energy Storage competitions and £3 million to Advanced Heat Storage projects. All of the schemes are intended to encourage innovation in the sector, help support jobs and create export opportunities as well as help the UK meet its carbon targets.

    Thirty projects have received a share of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, which is part of a £35 million fund to support building control systems and space heating and cooling as well as power generation and energy storage tools including fuel cells, biomass boilers, heat pumps and similar technologies and products. (Source: DECC, renew, 8 May, 2013) DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  Low Carbon Energy news,  


    "Almost Isn't Good Enough" - Missed UK Energy Efficiency Targets Warrant Ofgem Investigation (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Ofgem,DCEE
    Date: 2013-05-06
    Ofgem says it will open investigations into six of the largest energy companies in the UK for their failure to meet government energy efficiency targets. The energy regulator said companies had met 99 percent of targets by the end of 2012, but it would be investigating the missed 1 percent. The six companies are British Gas, Drax, GDF Suez/IPM, Intergen, Scottish Power and SSE.

    The targets, which were set by the UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2008, are centered on providing household energy saving measures such as insulation and inefficient boiler replacement especially in financially depressed areas. Ofgem said two separate schemes ensured that more than 3.9 million lofts and 2.5 million cavity walls were insulated, and 150,000 vulnerable households received at least one energy efficiency measure by the end of 2012. (Source: Ofgem, BBC, 1 May, 2013) Contact: Ofgem, Sarah Harrison, Sr. Partner in charge of Enforcement, sarah.harrison@ofgem.gov.uk, www.ofgem.gov.uk, DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags Ofgem news,  DECC news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Indian Energy Efficiency Code set for April Launch (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2013-03-27
    In Hyderabad, India, the State Energy Conservation Mission is preparing to launch its Energy Conservation Building Code in April. The code will make Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation measures mandatory in all the major new building complexes including shopping malls, multiplexes and sky scraper commercial buildings. (Source: Deccan Chronicle, 27 Mar., 2013)

    Tags Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  


    Carmarthenshire Wind Farm Wins DCEE Approval (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    RWE,DECC
    Date: 2013-03-20
    In the UK, the proposed 28-turbine wind power development at Brechfa Forest West, Carmarthenshire has been approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The project will produce power sufficient to supply as many as 39,700 homes and will create 150 jobs during its construction phase. The developer is RWE. (Source: UK DECC, 14 Mar., 2013) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags DECC news,  UK Wind news,  


    UK Biomass Charter targets 100,000 Biomass Boilers by 2020 (Int'l)
    Biomass Charter
    Date: 2013-02-27
    A group of companies across the biomass supply chain have come together to draft a Biomass Charter which aims to "set the foundations for a meaningful collaboration with government on the decarbonization of domestic heating in the UK by 2030".

    The group believes that in order to achieve the UK's ambitious decarbonization targets the UK needs to target the 4th Carbon Budget recommendation of deploying 1 million domestic biomass boilers by 2030. The group has identified several key areas for collaboration, including the setting of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) support for biomass boilers. The group will be lobbying the government to introduce a tariff of 15.4p/kWh for biomass boilers.

    The Biomass Charter believes that a rate of 15.4p/kWh will sufficiently kick-start the domestic biomass boiler market. As part of the RHI structure, the group wants the government to outline a degression path for domestic biomass boilers that is in line with the 4th Carbon Budget projections. The Biomass Charter is also urging the government to ensure that appropriate fuel sustainability criteria, air quality standards and energy efficiency eligibility requirements are implemented in order to reward best practice which will foster market confidence as a result. The charter argues that the support of biomass boilers in the UK is incredibly important because the technology is particularly suited to large properties which form a substantial proportion of the housing stock in rural off-grid areas.

    The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) closed the consultation over its plans for the domestic RHI in December last year. The department set out an initial RHI rate of just 5.2-8.7p/kWh -- far below what the biomass industry believes is necessary to drive demand. (Source: Solar Power Portal UK, Feb. 25, 2013)

    Tags Biomass news,  Biomass Boilers news,  DECC news,  


    Bank of Scotland Supporting U.K. Biomass Projects (Int'l)
    DECC,Bank of Scotland
    Date: 2013-01-28
    In the U.K., the The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reports that the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc may lend as much as $631 million to support five biomass-to-electricity projects with an average production capacity of 50 to 150 megawatts apiece. The five plants would produce approximately 8 percent to 11 percent of the U.K.'s primary energy demand within eight years. (Source: DECC, Energy Collective. Jan. 27, 2013) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags Biomass news,  Bank of Scotland news,  DECC news,  


    Green Deal Energy Efficiency Scheme Underway in U.K. (Int'l)
    UK DECC
    Date: 2013-01-28
    According to the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), homes across the UK will become more energy efficient from today as the Green Deal gets up and running. Hundreds of homes have been assessed for the scheme in which homeowners pay for energy-saving improvements via their electricity bill.

    The Green Deal will keep thousands of homes warm for less and homeowners will benefit from energy saving improvements lower energy bills. The Green Deal will also create and support thousands of long term jobs, according to DECC secretary Edward Davey. (Source: DECC, UK Metro News, Jan. 28, 2013) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    Tags UK DECC news,  


    UK Contributing to BESTF Bioenergy Schemes (Int'l, Funding))
    UK DECC,BESTF
    Date: 2013-01-16
    In the UK, three organizations have agreed to contribute as much as £10 million (€12.5 million) to a Europe-wide scheme to encourage investment in bioenergy technology and to meet the EU's target of making bioenergy 14 per cent of the EU energy mix and up to 10 per cent of energy demand in transport by 2020.

    The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will contribute up to £6 million (€7.4 million) over the next two to three years, while the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board set to add up to £4 million (€5.1 million). The initiative will be coordinated by the DECC with support from the Technology Strategy Board.

    The scheme, ERA-NET Plus BESTF, is reportedly worth in the region of £37 million (€47 million) in public money and hopes to encourage up to £78 million (€100 million) of bioenergy innovation projects across the UK, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and Portugal. ERA-NET Plus funds will be used to support bioenergy demonstration projects that utilize: Synthetic liquid fuels and/or hydrocarbons and blending components via gasification; Bio-methane and other synthetic gaseous fuels from biomass via gasification; High-efficiency heat and power generation via gasification of biomass; Bioenergy carriers via other thermochemical processes (e.g. pyrolysis, torrefaction); Ethanol and higher alcohols from ligno-cellulosic feedstock via fermentation; and Renewable hydrocarbons through biological and/or chemical synthesis from biomass containing carbohydrates.

    Projects are expected to start from January 2014 and all work, including all reporting, must be completed by 31 August 2017. Grants are expected to be administered in early in 2014. In addition to the funding it will provide for the ERA-NET Plus BESTF scheme, seven British entrepreneurs have been granted a share of £292,000 as part of its £2 million three- phase wetlands biomass to bioenergy competition that was launched in October 2012. (Source: UK DECC, Resource. 10 Jan., 2013) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk; BESTF, www.eranetbestf.net

    Tags Bioenergy Funding news,  UK DECC news,  

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