IEA: industrial applications to account for the bulk of new solar installations

The installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities is set to accelerate over the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Published on Monday 21 October, the Renewables 2019 market report forecasts that the world’s total renewable–based power capacity will grow…

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APPG Chair calls for EV charge point operators “to embrace interoperability”

In an open letter on Twitter on Wednesday 16 October, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Electric Vehicles (EV) Matt Western has called on the UK’s leading public EV charge point operators “to embrace ‘interoperability,’ which will help make drivers’ experience more seamless.” In response to the public…

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Government consults on heat network regulations

The government has launched a new consultation on proposals for the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations to ensure that final consumption metering devices are installed on heat and cooling networks and can guarantee that billing is based on consumption. Published on Thursday 17 October, it seeks views on the…

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Energy White Paper delayed until Q1 2020

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom told the Commons BEIS Committee that the Energy White Paper, which had originally be targeted for summer 2019, would not be released until Q1 2020. Speaking during an evidence session on the work of BEIS on Tuesday 15 October, she said the reason for the delay…

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Good Energy launches EV charging service for UK business

Good Energy has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging offering for UK businesses, alongside the first the pilot scheme with Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Announced on Tuesday 15 October, One Point will see Good Energy recommending, installing and maintaining charging services to save businesses money, and help to…

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Government promises action on energy efficiency and transport emissions

In response to Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommendations, the government has announced plans to improve building energy efficiency and decarbonise transport. In the Tuesday 15 October response, the government said it would introduce: proposals to improve the energy performance of non-domestic buildings – potentially saving businesses around £1bn per…

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Consultation on ECO3 announced

Ofgem announced the first of two consultations on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) methodologies for calculating electricity and gas supply volumes on Friday 11 October. This consultation focuses on changes to the supply volume methodologies, with Ofgem proposing that for electricity, suppliers should provide the total kWh delivered to customers…

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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Consultation

On Thursday 10 October, BEIS initiated a consultation which will advise the design of the £315mn Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IEFTF). IEFTF is intended to provide funding for capital investment in energy efficiency and decarbonisation over the period to 2023-24. The consultation, which closes on 21 November 2019, seeks to…

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Chemical company Linde takes 20% stake in UK hydrogen firm

Chemical giant Linde has bought a 20% stake in UK hydrogen company ITM Power, the latter announced on Thursday 3 October. Linde is investing £38mn and is part of the latter company’s plans to raise £52mn in capital. ITM Power said the two parties have also entered into a 50/50…

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