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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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:
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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.scottishrenewables.com
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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, email@example.com, www.alquist.com; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com; Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ofgem.gov.uk, DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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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)
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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
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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
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The £45 million research, development and demonstration OWA programme is an industry collaboration to identify and commercialize innovations that can reduce the costs of offshore wind. The Swedish utility is half of a joint venture with ScottishPower Renewables to develop the 7.2GW East Anglia Zone.
Established in 2008, the OWA is a joint industry project funded two thirds by industry and one-third by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The OWA includes two thirds funded by industry, with the other third coming from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. It plans to commercialise innovative ideas in time for use on UK Round 3 wind farms., E.on, Dong Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, RWE Innogy, ScottishPower Renewables, SSE Renewables, Statkraft and Statoil.
(Source: Vattenfall, Jan., 2013) (Contact: Vattenfall AB, +46 8 739 50 00, www.vattenfall.com
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According to Riello, by investing in environmentally friendly systems such as the Multi Sentry UPS, businesses can claim tax relief of over £26,000 from the government's Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme set up by the Carbon Trust to encourage the reduction of carbon emissions; effectively writing off some of the costs of their UPS investment. (Source: Riello UPS, DataCenter Dynamics, 7 Jan., 2013) Contact: Riello UPS Ltd., http://www.riello-ups.co.uk
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Working with Edinburgh University the firm will investigate the use of cheaper absorber columns for use in post-combustion carbon capture in coal and gas power plants, as well as consider an improved oxyfuel capture technology with the both universities.
Costain is currently developing next generation carbon capture technology with the Energy Technologies Institute. The project is expected to improve efficiencies and reduce cost for power generation in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plants while delivering a carbon capture rate of 95%.(Source: Costain, New Civil Engineer, Jan. 8, 2013) Contact: Costain Group, +44 (0) 1628 84 2444, www.costain.com; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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Some parliamentarians opposed the idea on the grounds that the shipping industries' emissions are difficult to track because they generally occur outside national borders. They also argued that demanding reductions from the shipping industry would raise the price of imported goods.
Prior to the DECC's announcement, several environmental NGOs, including the World Wildlife Fund-UK, the Aviation Environment Federation, and AirportWatch called on the government to include the industries.
(Source: Ship & Bunker, 20 Dec., 2012) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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The government also announced measures to ensure that the Renewables Obligation (RO) will bring forward new biomass projects which are both cost and carbon effective. The aim is to unlock investment decisions worth £600 million creating around 1,000 construction jobs. Thus, dedicated biomass plants will receive 1.5 ROC's/MWh up to a limit of 400MW of installed capacity. Once this cap is reached the government will consider whether or not to consult on the restriction of further biomass deployment through the removal of grandfathering rights from additional biomass plants. (Source: DECC, PR, 18 Dec., 2012) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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According to the report, by the end of the decade 15 per cent of the UK's energy supply must come from renewable sources. Biomass is expected to play a crucial role in delivering low carbon heat, power and transportation fuel to support this goal. Furthermore, biomass will continue to play an important role in energy production until at least 2050, according to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). However, there is some uncertainty as to whether bioenergy is the most appropriate technology to help deliver cost-effective and low carbon electricity. The report outlines how bioenergy could deliver up to 11 per cent of the UK's primary energy demand by 2020.
The report discusses the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from woody biomass used in the production of electricity, relating these to 'carbon payback' and 'carbon debt'. The briefing also looks at the wider benefits and implications of the developing bioenergy power market, including its impact on the price of wood and jobs.
The report admonishes that industry must continue to work with government to ensure bioenergy is effective in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, delivering economic benefits and decreasing the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. (Source: NNFCC, 12 Dec., 2012) Contact: Dr Geraint Evans , Head of Biofuels and Bioenergy , NNFCC, +44 (0)1904 435182, email@example.com, www.nnfcc.co.uk
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