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Scottish Government commits to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced that Scotland will become one of the first countries to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, under a new Climate Change Bill introduced on 23 May 2018.
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Date: 25 May 2018

Ofgem default tariff cap policy consultation
On 25 May 2018, Ofgem published a consultation on proposals for the design and implementation of the default tariff cap for customers on Standard Variable and default tariffs, which was announced by the Government in February.
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Date: 25 May 2018

New Government measures to support fracking
On 17 May 2018, the Government announced new measures to support the development of the British shale gas industry.
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Date: 25 May 2018

Heat Networks Delivery Unit Round 8 opened on 17 May
Funding Round 8 of the Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) is open from 17 May 2018 to 31 December 2018.
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Date: 25 May 2018

BEIS Guidance on the Private Rented Sector minimum energy efficiency standard
On 22 May 2018, BEIS published guidance on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) exemptions and exemption evidence requirements.
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Date: 25 May 2018

RHI Reform Regulations entered into force
The second stage of changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme came into force on 22 May 2018, as a result of the government consultation held in March 2016, the results of which were published in December 2016.
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Date: 25 May 2018

Draft Clean Air Strategy 2018
On 22 May Defra published its Draft Clean Air Strategy and opened a consultation seeking views on the actions proposed to reduce air pollution and its effects.
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Date: 25 May 2018

£102 million Government funding for new energy research consortium
On 23 May 2018, it was announced that £102 million will be invested in the creation of a research consortium, as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Energy Revolution Fund.
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Date: 25 May 2018

Meeting toughest climate targets would save the world $30tn
A paper published in the journal Nature has assessed the economic impact of meeting the Paris Agreement and concluded that reaching the toughest target on climate change will save the world $30 trillion in damages - far more than the estimated cos... (read more)
Date: 25 May 2018

NEA UK Fuel Poverty Monitor Survey 2018
NEA have opened a survey to collect evidence to build its understanding of the effects of the severe cold weather experienced throughout the winter of 2017/18 and to identify key lessons in advance of the coming winter.
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Date: 25 May 2018

May pledges to halve energy usage in new buildings by 2030 and seek associate status in EU Horizon 2020 programme
On 21 May, the Prime Minister delivered a speech on science and the industrial strategy, where she pledged to use “new technologies and modern construction practices“ to “at least“ halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030. She also said tha... (read more)
Date: 22 May 2018

EAC and PAC MPs criticise the Government’s energy policies
The Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have both criticised the Government for its policies on energy, highlighting the drop in clean energy investment, which is now the lowest it has been since 200... (read more)
Date: 17 May 2018

Local government open letter to Government asks for clarity on low and zero carbon homes
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has coordinated an open letter, co-signed by Core Cities UK and UK100, to the Minister of State for Housing and Planning proposing measures that would make clear that local authorities have the freedom to set ... (read more)
Date: 14 May 2018

Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map Published
The Scottish Government has announced that funding of more than £54m is to go towards tackling fuel poverty in Scotland, as part of its newly published Route Map titled Energy Efficient Scotland.
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Date: 04 May 2018

140,000 households can’t afford to top up their prepayment energy meter
Research from Citizens Advice shows that 140,000 households in Great Britain with prepayment meters have been left without gas or electricity because they didn’t have enough money to top them up.
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Date: 03 May 2018

Citizens Advice calls on electricity distribution companies to return excess profits to consumers
Citizens Advice has published analysis which it says “shows the regional disparities in the unjustified profits being made by electricity distribution firms“ and is calling on them to take action and return this money to their customers.

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Date: 03 May 2018

Citizens Advice’s Winter Resilience pilot evaluation report
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has published an independent evaluation report on the Citizen’s Advice Winter Resilience pilot to design and pilot the implementation of a single point of contact for housing and health referral services, as... (read more)
Date: 03 May 2018

ALEO Responses to BEIS ECO 3 and Warm Home Discount Consultations
ALEO responded to the BEIS consultations on ECO 3 and the Warm Home Discount on 27 April 2018.
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Date: 01 May 2018

Labour announces plans to insulate four million homes
On 1 May 2018, the Shadow Business and Energy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey announced refreshed plans by the Labour Party to bring four million homes up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C or above by the end of a five-year parliam... (read more)
Date: 01 May 2018

James Brokenshire appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
On 30 April 2018, James Brokenshire was appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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Date: 01 May 2018

Study proposes generating hydrogen from excess energy for use in natural gas networks
Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and ITM Power have published the results of a power-to-gas feasibility study, funded by BEIS.
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Date: 01 May 2018

Solar Trade Association Report on LAs Making Solar Work Today
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published a report titled Leading Lights: How Local Authorities are Making Solar Work Today
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Date: 30 Apr 2018

CMA finds that SSE/Npower merger warrants further scrutiny
On 26 April the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) announced that the initial phase of its investigation into the proposed merger of SSE Retail and Npower has concluded that the removal of competition between the two companies could lead t... (read more)
Date: 29 Apr 2018

NEA Conference Bursary Scheme now open
NEA is now accepting applications for its bursary scheme, providing free places to the NEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Nottingham from 17 to 19 September 2018. The bursary schemes is designed to enable attendance from those agencies which ... (read more)
Date: 25 Apr 2018