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 protected], www.nnfcc.co.uk
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ACE is an alliance of more than 100 charities, consumer groups, businesses and labor unions. The alliance is calling for money from the carbon tax to be pumped back into schemes to help people in fuel poverty -- those who are defined as spending more than 10 percent of their income on home heating. Earlier this month, Consumer Focus also called for the tax to be used to help consumers.
H.M. Government is set to raise £2 billion in carbon tax revenue in 2013 with consumers each paying an average of £25 on their electricity bill, say the campaign group, meaning that by 2020 it will be bringing in £4 billion with consumers paying an average of £54.
The government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says total fuel poverty spending was £760 million in 2009/10 and will be £828 million in 2014/15; a 9 percent rise in spending over the period.
(Source: Association for the Conservation of Energy, Energy Live News, 27 Nov., 2012) Contact: Association for the Conservation of Energy , www.ukace.org; UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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Under the new Levy Control Framework, spending on renewable power generation will increase to £7.6 billion ($12 billion) a year in real terms by 2020, from the current £2.35 billion, in an effort to reduce dependence on gas.
The renewable spending plans will be funded through higher household energy bills.
(Source: UK DECC , Reuters, Nov. 23, 2012) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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The scheme, due to start in 2013, will oblige firms to fund expensive modifications including cavity wall insulation. Energy firms say ministers have understated the costs of the work, which will be recouped from other customers.
Energy UK, which represents the industry, is expected to publish a report by independent economic consultants suggesting the scheme will add as much as £50 to the average household bill. That contradicts assurances from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which is insisting that the changes will not mean additional costs for consumers. The DECC insisted that next year's changes will not hurt households. A spokesman said: "ECO replaces other energy-efficiency schemes almost pound for pound, so there will be no additional costs on bills. The ECO will take over from the power companies' existing obligations, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving Programme. These obligations are due to end next month and the ECO will take over in addressing energy efficiency in the domestic sector.
The Energy Saving Trust says it is likely that this form of support will be heavily linked to the Green Deal and will particularly support those householders and those types of property which cannot achieve financial savings "without an additional or different measure of support".
(Source: DCEE, Telegraph, Nov. 18, 2012) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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The strategy is intended to help "connect finance with demand, encourage innovation and make energy efficiency information more accessible to the consumer. The Energy Efficiency Strategy identifies an embryonic and underdeveloped market, a lack of information on energy efficiency, misaligned financial incentives and the perceived hassle of implementing energy efficiency improvements as the principle barriers to large-scale efforts to improving energy efficiency in the UK. .
The DECC says that following the Strategy
could save the UK 196 terrawatt hours a year by 2020, the equivalent of 22 new power stations; reduce energy consumption by as much as 13 percent by 2025. (Source: DECC, OilPrice.com, 12 Nov., 2012) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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Captain CEP's 90+ percent carbon capture rate will allow electric power to be generated with less than 10 percent of the CO2 emissions of a conventional coal-burning power plant, and about 25 percent of the CO2 emissions of a high efficiency natural gas-fired power plant.
Summit is a U.S.-based developer of wind, solar, and carbon capture power plants, including another proposed coal gasification power project with 90+ percent carbon capture known as the Texas Clean Energy Project, which has won substantial funding and other financial support from the U.S. DOE.
Petrofac is major oilfield services provider, oilfield facilities operator, and design engineering and construction contractor for onshore and offshore petroleum and petrochemical facilities, including major oil installations and sub-sea reservoirs in the North Sea. The two companies have joined together to develop Captain CEP, with support from the National Grid Carbon as owner and operator of the onshore CO2 transport system and from Siemens as a key technology provider for the project's gasifiers and high-hydrogen combustion turbine and other power generation equipment. (Source: Summit Power, heraldonline.com, 5 Nov., 2012) Contact: Summit Power Group, (206) 780-3551, [email protected], www.summitpower.com; Petrofac, www.petrofac.com
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According to North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) CEO Stan Higgins, "Ultimately, when we look at what a CCS facility could do for the country, I don't think there's a better place than Teesside to do this. It will provide the foundation stone for the country to continue to have large scale industry supporting the UK economy. The investment in itself will have a large impact on local engineering companies, both onshore and offshore. We look forward to helping the consortium of companies achieve their goal of building a scheme that will not only enable energy production but will be an attractant for future industry to Teesside."
The TLC consortium will now work with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and an investment decision is expected by 2014.
The project is also in line for a funding award under the EU NER300 programme, as DECC has also announced that, subject to ultimate success in the UK competition, it will support TLC. (Source: DECC, gazettelive.uk.co, Nov. 5, 2012) Contact: Teeside Low Carbon, www.teessidelowcarbon.com
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The funding supports the development of technology to cut fossil fuel-fired power plant emissions. The government is expected to make a decision next year on whether the scheme will receive further support.
The White Rose scheme is backed by a consortium of companies including Alstom, Drax, BOC and National Grid.
The plan would develop CCS technology at a new coal-fired power station on the existing Drax site.
The developers believe it would reduce carbon emissions at Drax -- the UK's largest coal-fired power station - by up to 90 percent.
(Source: Dax, Department of Energy and Climate Change, BBC, Oct. 30, 2012) Contact: Contact: Drax Biomass, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced two energy storage funding competitions worth a total £20m. The first fund £17 million fund will provide money for the design of up to ten technology demonstration projects, with up to three of these expected to be chosen for full-scale testing. A further £3 million will be available for projects aimed at testing components and materials used in energy storage technologies and to conduct feasibility studies concerning the workability of energy storage systems.
As energy storage solutions emerge, multiple technologies need to be deployed, said James Sun, new ventures manager at the UK Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust is a member of the UK Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group which has advised the DECC on energy storage competitions.
(Source: DECC, Carbon Trust , Oct. 23, 2012) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk; Carbon Trust, Tom Delay, CEO, +44 0800 085 2005, www.carbontrust.com
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A £17million energy storage technology demonstration competition offers organizations the opportunity to secure contracts to design and test energy storage technologies currently in the early stages of development. The competition will be run in two stages, with the first stage offering up to £40,000 for project designs. Applications for the competition must be submitted by 13 December 2012. Winning bidders will be announced in February 2013 and invited to take part in a second stage where up to £12million will be available to test their designs on the ground.
Under a £3 million energy storage systems component research and feasibility studies competition,
organizations can bid for grants of up to £ DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com >1million to improve components or materials used for energy storage systems or to develop feasibility studies to further explore how systems work and how they can be used in the UK electricity network. The bids will be assessed against a range of criteria including the technical specification, value for money and potential for commercialization. There are two opportunities to apply, the first application window closes at noon on 13 December 2012 and the second closes at noon on 27 March 2013.
Interested organizations are allowed to bid for funding under both competitions and are encouraged to attend the briefing event in London on 6 November 2012 before submitting an application. (Source: DECC, PR, Oct. 20, 2012)
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The UK plan runs alongside a European Union program, which has earmarked two UK CCS projects as contenders to win up to €337 million ($434.78 million) of funding each raised from the sale of carbon permits in the EU. EU countries whose projects were short-listed for the funding must advise the Commission by the end of the month which three projects, including any renewable energy schemes, they would support beyond the EU funding to ensure they get built.
Britain's Electricity Market Reform proposals, which are currently being assessed by parliament, include a mechanism to guarantee a minimum price of electricity for generators which emit no carbon, including CCS plants.
These so-called contracts for difference make UK an attractive place to invest in CCS projects as they are guaranteed set long-term revenue. (Source: DECC, Reuters, 11, Oct., 2012) Contact: DECC, William Lecky, [email protected], www.decc.gov.uk
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In other UK bioenergy news, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced a new £2 million fund to support innovation in bioenergy.
The scheme is specifically aimed at the country's wetlands, which could provide plant material for use in energy production.
Initially, the scheme will provide up to £50,000 for pre-commercial ideas. In the second phase, successful applicants from the initial stage of the scheme will be able to bid for up to £1 million to get trials off the ground. A further judging round will select successful organizations to apply to phase 3 funding. (Source: DECC, Energy Efficiency News, Oct. 8, 2012) Contact: UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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NORSTEC seeks to drive development of offshore wind farms, an industry with the potential to employ as many as 185,000 people in the U.K. by 2020 and spur the laying of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of high voltage transmission cables in Europe's northern waters by 2022, Norstec said today in a statement e-mailed by DECC.
Norstec is pursuing "innovation throughout the sector to push forward technological development, creating competitive and well-established supply chains, which bring down costs and enable economic sustainability,"the statement said.
Other Norstec members include Alstom SA (ALO), Balfour Beatty Plc (BBY), EON AG, Dong Energy A/S, National Grid Plc (NG/), Repsol SA, SSE Plc (SSE), Statoil ASA (STL), Vattenfall AB and others. (Source: DECC, NORSTEC, Oct. 3, 2012)
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The first competition, the Energy Storage Technology Demonstration Competition will offer organizations the opportunity to secure funding to develop and demonstrate innovative energy storage technologies which can address the future grid-scale storage needs for the UK electricity network.
The second competition, the DECC Energy Storage Component Research and Feasibility Study Competition, will offer grant funding, on a competitive basis, to support component level research in relation to storage technologies.
According to an Imperial College London report, published in June this year, progress in each of these areas could help deliver massive benefits based of their finding that under a 2050 high renewables scenario the application of energy storage technologies could potentially generate total savings of £10 billion a year.
(Source: DECC, 21 Sept, 2012) Contact: DECC, William Lecky, [email protected], www.decc.gov.uk
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The organization is promoting increased forest cover as a means of capturing and sequestering the UK's carbon emissions and is calling on the Government to invest the available funds in new sustainable forests and commercial forestry practices. Sustainable forestry practices harvest trees at the peak of their growth and carbon sequestration ability and replant them with more trees in a continuous, renewable cycle. The carbon is stored indefinitely in the wood products harvested. These wood products in turn can substitute for a range of other higher carbon materials in manufacturing and construction. The by-products of production can also be used as substitutes for fossil fuels in energy production.
Europe's forests currently provide a carbon sink for 150-200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, with an additional 500 million tonnes sequestered annually. In the UK alone, a mere four per cent increase in forest cover could deliver abatement equivalent to ten per cent of total GHG emissions.
A recent Independent Panel on Forestry report highlighted the importance of UK forestry in sequestering carbon emissions and its role in the green economy. The report recommended that the development of wood-based industries and technologies is a key priority for support from the Green Development Bank. (Source: Lesprom, Sept. 19, 2012)
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The aim of the funding is to speed up the development of low carbon technologies towards commercialization, helping to cut carbon emissions in the UK, supporting jobs and creating export opportunities. According to Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, "Low carbon innovation is vital for the growth of our green economy. This investment will help entrepreneurs with novel ideas get designs off the drawing board and into our homes and businesses, helping cut carbon and spur on growth in this exciting market place."
The scheme will support projects at Technology Readiness level 3 (TRL 3) and above. Innovators will be able to bid for up to £1 million to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies and processes. Applications can be made online and must be submitted by 31 October 2012 at the latest. Successful bidders will be announced later in the year. (Source: Innovatechuk August 23, 2012) https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/carbon-sequestration-and-storage/articles/-/blogs/trackback/9155791
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The City Council took action to help reduce its own carbon footprint by reducing the amount of energy used in key high-energy using premises, such as sports centers and schools, and finding smarter ways to use its fleet.
The city's efforts resulted in a 41% fall in CO2 as a result of careful waste management, reducing gas use by 26%, investing in low carbon and renewable energy installations in city property, optimizing fleet vehicle use by achieving a 66% reduction in CO2 in city business travel.
The reductions were made in comparison to baseline figures provided to DECC for the year 2007/08. (Source: City of Nottingham, 9 Aug., 2012)
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The five projects, selected through a competitive process, will be led by Air Products plc, BOC Ltd, ITM Power (Trading), Rutland Management Ltd and SSE plc. They will involve:
The demonstration of a whole renewable hydrogen system, connecting a 1MWe electrolyser to the grid, in conjunction with an Aberdeenshire wind farm, to explore the grid impacts and energy storage potential of hydrogen generation, and to provide the green hydrogen produced to power a fleet of fuel cell buses (SSE plc).
The Technology Strategy Board and DECC will provide grant funding of £9 million and the total value of the projects, including contributions from the industrial partners, is in excess of £19 million. These projects build on previous Government support for fuel cells and hydrogen systems, accelerating the process toward commercialization. (Source: Innovateuk, 24 July, 2012) Contact: Technology Strategy Board, David Bott, www.innovateuk.org; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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Each project will show how fuel cell and hydrogen technologies can be used integrated into energy and transport industries.
The five projects were selected through a competitive process, will be led by Air Products plc, BOC Ltd, ITM Power (Trading), Rutland Management Ltd and SSE plc.
They will include the creation of the UK's first end-to-end, integrated, hydrogen production, distribution and retailing system, centered around a fully publicly accessible 700 bar renewable H2 refueling station network across London.
(Source: GreenCar UK, 23 July, 2012)
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The Government said the long-term trend still showed a reduction in emissions, down 24.3% since 1990, while provisional figures from the UK DECC indicate that emissions fell 7% in 2011.
Campaign group Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said "these figures underline the need for greater leadership in actually delivering reductions. World-leading climate legislation needs world-leading climate action." Environment minister Stewart Stevenson said that the Scottish Government remains fully committed to delivering ambitious and world-leading climate change targets. (Source: STV, July 17, 2012)
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Following a decision by the CCC last year, Member States are due to start auctioning some 120m phase III emissions allowances before the end of this year. The UK's share of these allowances is 12 million. Subject to EU approval, it is expected that these allowances will be auctioned in November and December this year. In addition, the UK is expected to auction approximately 7 million aviation allowances by the end of 2012.
Auctions of these allowances will be held separately during the same period.
Further detailed information on the UK's phase III and aviation auctions, including the proposed auction calendar and how to access the auctions, will follow in due course. (Source: UK Dept of Energy & Climate Change, July 11, 2012)
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The rejection of Docking Shoal came as a second Centrica wind farm in the same area won approval -- the 580MW Race Bank project. A third 560MW project in the region, known as Dudgeon and operated by Warwick Energy, was also approved.
The DECC said that
"The north Norfolk coast is an important summer site for sandwich terns and we have an international responsibility to protect them."
(Source: DECC, Guardian, July 8, 2012) Contact: Alan McLaughlin, Centrica, +44 (0)77 8957-0598, [email protected], www.centrica.co.uk
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Supporters say onshore wind is vital if Britain is to avoid dependence on expensive imported energy sources like gas. Conservative MPs say wind turbines are unsightly and inefficient. Onshore wind supporters retort that the government is putting economic growth ahead of environmental concerns and are contrary to the government's pledge to run the "UK's greenest government ever."
There are currently just over 3,000 onshore wind turbines and more than 500 offshore in the UK.(Source: Telegraph, 3 June, 2012)
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The DECC is keen to hold brief telephone interviews with a wide range of companies active in the low carbon sector. To participate in this survey or for further details contact William Lecky, Energy Innovation, DECC [email protected], www.decc.gov.uk
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The UK's CCS commercialization program, which builds upon an earlier CCS efforts, offers £1 billion in direct funding support for the design and construction of CCS projects.
Participating companies will also benefit from the government's planned CCS feed-in tariff payments and other electricity market reforms designed to encourage low-carbon power.
(Source: GreenBang, 17 May, 2012)
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Vattenfall projects a construction cost of around £300 million. Construction is slated to start in 2013 with the first electricity generated in 2016.
(Source: Wales Online, May 9, 2012) Vattenfall AB, +46 8 739 50 00, www.vattenfall.com
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Last year the Government slashed by half the household feed-in tariff which feed excess solar panel electricity into the national grid. Critics said the move would deter people from purchasing panels, which cost an average of £12,000, because it would double the time it took them to recoup their initial investment.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is considering a further cut in feed-in tariffs to come into effect in July. The DECC argues that the scheme still amounts to a generous subsidy for prosperous people who can afford panels, funded by less well-off consumers. The solar energy firms told the Government that demand for solar panels has halved in the past year because of the uncertainty over subsidies.
(Source: The Independent, 7 May, 2012)
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The cut in GHGs since 1990 was the result of switching from coal to gas for electricity generation and the fact that what is consumed is more often manufactured in countries such as China, rather than because of policies to tackle climate change, the committee said in a report on Consumption-Based Emissions Reporting. The committee urged the government to consider consumption-based emissions in designing climate change policies and working out data on UK's greenhouse gas emissions.
The MPs asked the government to take on board its independent climate advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, to work out how the UK could incorporate emissions from imported goods in its policies.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said: "We account for our emissions according to international rules that are followed by all countries that are signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, and that are the basis for international negotiations on climate change."
The DECC believes it is difficult to calculate and verify figures relating to consumption-based emissions, and it would be hard to negotiate a global reduction treaty on this basis. (Source: DECC,BBC News, 19 April, 2012) Contact: Department of Energy and Climate Change, +44 0300 060 4000, www.decc.gov.uk
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In other UK CCS developments, a centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage at the University of Nottingham is examining the potential of permanently locking up GHG inside rocks to create solid carbonate products.
Companies in the construction industry could benefit from Sage ERP EVision financial and contract management software, which is programmed to streamline essential business functions. (Source: Sage, April, 10, 2012)
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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest £10 million in the Centre over a five-year period, with funding of £3 million from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to establish new capital facilities that will support innovative research. This forms part of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, which is led by EPSRC.
DECC has also launched its CCS Commercialization Programme and Roadmap, setting out the Government's vision for achieving commercial deployment of CCS in the UK in the 2020s, including investing £125 million in CCS R&D between 2011-2015. A key priority will be to support the UK economy by driving an integrated research programme focused on maximizing the contribution of CCS to a low-carbon energy system for the UK. (Source: Nottingham University, April, 9, 2012) Contact: Nottingham University, www.nottingham.ac.uk
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The package of proposals, many of which have been on the table since last July, follows an acknowledgment by the Chancellor George Osborne last week that the CRC was "cumbersome and bureaucratic". In his Budget speech, he said that unless major savings in the administrative costs of the scheme for businesses could be found before the autumn, he would replace the CRC with an alternative environmental tax. But Britain's biggest business group has already labeled the consultation a "waste of time" and is calling for the CRC to be scrapped without delay.
As set out last July, DECC said it will cut the number of fuels covered by the schemes from 29 to four and remove the requirement on facilities covered by Climate Change Agreement or EU Emissions Trading System installations to purchase CRC allowances. Other measures include shortening the CRC qualification process and reducing the amount of reporting required by businesses and the length of time participants will have to keep records. In addition, DECC said it would retain the Performance League Table but would make it no longer a legal requirement to include detailed metrics within the table. Ministers said the proposals would also create greater alignment between the CRC and company greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting by adopting for the CRC the emission factors used for GHG reporting purposes.
The formal consultation will run for twelve weeks from today. Following on from this, Government will amend the legislation for CRC by April 2013. (Source: DECC, March 27, 2012) Contact: Department of Energy and Climate Change, +44 0300 060 4000, www.decc.gov.uk
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Under Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) plans, every home and business in the UK will be fitted with a smart meter by 2019. The national roll-out will transform the relationship between energy supplier and consumer, paving the way for the development of a low-carbon "smart grid". Landis+Gyr and Huawei's immediate focus will be to support the UK's roll-out through the joint development of a universal communications hub that will provide a common solution for every home in the country and offer energy utilities worldwide the opportunity to optimize the deployment of hundreds of millions of smart meters. A joint innovation center and product development plan will be set up to pursue opportunities in the wider market, such as smart homes and cities.
Landis+Gyr is currently working with British Gas on the UK's first major deployment of smart meters.
(Source: Huawei, March 26, 2012) Contact: Richard Mora, CEO , Landis+Gyr North America,(678) 258-1500, www.landisgyr.com
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The project site has been selected to take advantage of synergies with other facilities for industrial gas supply and to support CO2 capture. The location provides the benefit of being close to the UK North Sea for both CO2 storage and, later, enhanced oil recovery opportunities, and enables the re-use of existing pipelines.
Summit Power is currently developing a very similar project in Texas -- the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) -- and intends to replicate many aspects of TCEP at Grangemouth. Summit Power's TCEP project is a cutting-edge CCS project for the U.S. DOE , which in 2010 awarded the project $450 million under the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI). CCPI is a cost-shared collaboration between the Federal government and private industry, aimed at stimulating investment in extreme low-carbon, coal-based power generation technologies through successful commercial demonstrations. (Source: Summit Power, March 20, 2012)
Contact: Summit Power, Tom Cameron, Senior VP Project Development, (509) 448-7589, www.summitpower.com
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Shortly after the DECC's approval, the company announced that it would first re-examine its renewable energy strategy in light of the U.K. government's current banding review of the Renewables Obligation, which is being finalized for release this spring.
The Renewables Obligation awards Renewables Obligation Certificates to qualifying technologies. Levels of support are banded by technology type and include multiple biomass-related technologies, as well as wind, geothermal, solar and hydro. In October, the DECC proposed to leave dedicated biomass support at the current 1.5 ROCs per MWh through March 2016, reducing it to 1.4 ROCs per MWh beginning April 2016.
Shortly thereafter, the U.K. Committee on Climate Change released its Bioenergy Review, which recommends government support through the Renewables Obligation be tailored to burning biomass in existing coal-fired plants through conversion and co-firing, and smaller-scale plants using local resources. But it adds that safeguards will need to be introduced to ensure support for new dedicated biomass capacity is limited, if any support is given at all. (Source: E.ON, March, 2012) Contact: E.ON, www.eon.com
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But after long-running negotiations the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) canceled the funding competition in October, 2011, on the grounds that the only bidder, Scottish Power's Longannet power station, could not be delivered for budgetary reasons. NAO's report concluded DECC launched the competition with "insufficient planning and recognition of the commercial risks", resulting in the decision to cancel the bidding process four years later. It said the DECC gave insufficient weight to commercial viability when it assessed bidders' outline solutions, and was then forced to turn the competition into a single-tender negotiation in October 2010, because of uncertainty around whether an agreement on the commercial terms could be reached. It also said the lack of clarity over government finance for the project delayed the early stages of the competition and added to the commercial risks for bidders. It also questioned time wasted in developing full-scale CCS, rather than the money that was spent on the abandoned competition.
The NAO also made a series of recommendations to DECC on its future CCS funding plans, which last week saw the launch of a £20 million CCS innovation fund that could award funds to a few big projects or as many as 10 smaller projects by late summer.
The report was welcomed by the CCS Association as providing "invaluable insight" into the reasons why the government scrapped the Longannet CCS project. (Source: BusinessGreen, March 19, 2012)
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Ofgem will assess whether anticipatory investment is beneficial to the development of an efficient network. Approval would also depend on other factors. For example, developers and the system operator would have to show that there is demand for capacity to be built and that it will benefit customers.