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BEIS – Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker (May 2017)
BEIS published findings from Wave 21 of the Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker on 4 May 2017. The report presents headline findings from March/April 2017, and makes comparisons with data from Wave 17, conducted at the same point last …

BEIS’ Household Energy Efficiency Statistics (April 2017)
BEIS released the latest (provisional) energy efficiency national statistics on 20 April 2017. The statistics cover the measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal in Great Britain. Additional useful information …

CCC’s Advice on the Design of Welsh Carbon Targets (April 2017)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a paper on 13 April 2017 providing independent advice to the Welsh Government on the design of their carbon targets. The Welsh Government has enacted legislation requiring that, before the end of 2018, …

Energy Trends: Renewables (April 2017)
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the latest trends in renewable energy in the UK on 13 April 2017. The figure to the left shows the change in renewable electricity generation in terawatt hours in each …

CCC – Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions (April 2016)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a report on 11 April 2017 which looks at how the UK`s GHG inventory is constructed, sources of uncertainty, how these could change over time, and priorities for improving the inventory. The focus is on …

BEIS Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker findings (February 2017)
BEIS published their Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker on 9 February 2017. The department runs the survey at regular intervals to “understand and monitor public attitudes to the Department’s main business priorities“, such as energy …

BEIS’s Help to Heat Consultation Response (January 2017)
BEIS published their response to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) “Help to Heat“ consultation on 30 January 2017. It was confirmed that the “extension period“ would now run until September 2018 (i.e. for 18 months, rather than one year), and that …

BEIS’s Future of Heat consultation (December 2016)
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on The Future of Heat in domestic buildings in England on 8 December 2016. The consultation period closes on 27 January 2017. BEIS is consulting on ways to …

ICE’s recommendations on building energy efficiency and infrastructure priorities (October 2016)
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) published a National Needs Assessment (NNA) on 19 October 2016. The NNA “brought together a coalition including industry, investors, environmental, legal and professional bodies, and politicians and opinion …

Where can I find details of the plan for Scotland’s energy efficiency programe for 2016 onwards (September 2016)
The Scottish Government published “A Plan for Scotland – The Government`s Programme for Scotland 2016-17“ on 6 September 2016. Amongst other policies, the plan confirms the intention to bring forward a major Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) supported …

Where can I find views and analysis on how to increase the uptake of home energy efficiency meausres (August 2016)
Bright Blue, an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism, published a report “Better Homes – Incentivising Home Energy Improvements“ on 31 August 2016. The authors set out why homes in the UK need to consume less and greener …

Where can I find analysis on the potential for improved energy efficiency to displace the need for additional nuclear power? (August 2016)
The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit published a report on 26 August 2016 which investigates what the options are if UK plans for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station do not materialise. The options analysed include replacing Hinkley`s output …

Where can I find out how EU residential sector energy consumption levels have changed since 2000? (August 2016)
The Joint Research Centre for the European Commission published a report on 5 August 2016 containing analysis on residential gas and electricity consumption trends for the EU-28, as well as information on district heating and the energy efficiency of …

Where can I find a summary of the main EU requirements driving building energy effciency? (August 2016)
The Joint Research Centre for the European Commission published a report on 5 August 2016 containing a useful summary of the main requirements of the EU Directives which currently apply to building energy efficiency. The summary starts at page 29 …

Where can I find information on how well measures were installed under the Energy Company Obligation? (July 2016)
Ofgem produces a quarterly technical monitoring report on measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The latest report was published on 26 July 2016 covering the period October to December 2015. Technical Monitoring is a compliance …

Where can I find government survey results about how people’s attitudes to energy are changing? (July 2016)
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) produces a quarterly energy and climate change Public Attitudes Tracker report. It presents findings from face-to-face interviews with around 2,000 households on energy-related questions, …

PWC – Seeing through the gloom report (Published July 2016)
PWC and the Solar Trade Association published the results of survey of 238 representatives from the UK solar industry on 25 July 2016. The report highlights the overall growth and resilience of the sector, but finds that the current policy environment …

CCC – UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 (Published July 2016)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published the latest UK Climate Change Risk Assessment on 12 July 2016. They said: “The greatest direct climate change-related threats for the UK are large increases in flood risk and exposure to high temperatures …

UK-GBC – Health and Wellbeing in Homes report (Published July 2016)
The UK-GBC and partners published a major report on the 5 July 2016 which examines the links between good building design and the health and wellbeing of the people living there. The authors say “This report is about beginning a concerted effort to …

BEIS’s National Energy Efficiency Data Framework report (June 2016)
DECC (now BEIS) published the latest National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED) report on 30 June 2016. NEED provides an “analysis of domestic gas and electricity consumption in 2014 by property attribute, household characteristics, geography …

DECC – Warm Homes Discount consultation response (Published June 2016)
DECC published their response to the consultation on the Warm Homes Discount on 29 June 2016. The response states that “there was general support for the Government’s proposals to make minimal changes to the scheme this year, keeping the eligibility …

Sustainable Homes – Links between energy efficiency and rent arrears (Published June 2016)
Sustainable Homes published their “Touching the Voids: The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans“ report on 29 June 2016. The report explores the relationship between good energy efficiency in homes, rent arrears and …

EI – Energy Barometer 2016 (Published June 2016)
The Energy Institute published their Energy Barometer, Views from UK energy professionals report on 15 June 2016. The report reflects the views of 438 members of the Energy Institute on the “future challenges and prospects for the energy industry”. …

Ofgem – ECO2 Monitoring Report (June 2016)
Ofgem published their latest Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Monitoring Report on 9 June 2016. The report presents the results of independent monitoring of ECO2 measures for July 2015 to September 2015 (Quarter 2). Suppliers conduct three types of monitoring: …

Ofgem – Consultation on ECO deemed scores (May 2016)
Ofgem published a consultation document on 27 May 2016 on the potential methodology to be used to calculate  “deemed scores“ for measures installed under the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) from 2017. Deemed scores are pre-determined estimates …

PHE – New advice on keeping cool at home during heatwaves (May 2016)
Public Health England (PHE) published new advice to support people before and during heat waves on 25 May 2016. The guidance is additional to their Heatwave Plan for England. One of the documents, called ‘Beat the Heat: keep cool at home – checklist’ …

ZCH – Ventilation in New Homes report (April 2016)
The Zero Carbon Hub published a report on the performance of mechanical ventilation systems in new homes on 6 April 2016. The project team “visited 33 dwellings across 6 construction sites in 2015 to see how effectively their mechanical ventilation …

ZCH – SAP Untangled Guide (March 2016)
The Zero Carbon Hub (ZCH) published “SAP Untangled“ on 8 March 2016. It is an introductory guide to the Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for estimating the energy and carbon performance of new dwellings. The SAP calculation is …

CBI – Overcoming the Hassle Factor (February 2016)
The CBI published a short report on 5 February 2016 setting out advice on how to overcome the so called “hassle factor“ sometimes associated with retrofitting homes. This would allow more consumers to take advantage of the energy efficiency opportunity. …

DECC – Public Attitudes to Energy
DECC published the latest survey results on public attitudes to energy and energy efficiency on 2 February 2016 (wave 16). One annual survey is conducted every March, and three shorter surveys, in June, September and December. The team conducts face-to-face …

Innovate UK – Building Performance Evaluation Report
Innovate UK published findings from their major Building Performance Evaluation programme on 2 February 2016. One of the reports summarises the information gained from 76 homes, all “leading-edge developments where high-performing design was a priority“. …

UK-GBC – Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and partners published a report on the links between green buildings and health, wellbeing and productivity in the retail sector on 29 January 2016. The report sets out a framework for making health and wellbeing aspects …

IME – Report on energy security and links to energy efficiency
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers published a short report on 26 January 2016 summarising some of the issues the UK faces in terms its future energy security. The report discusses the potential for electricity energy supply gaps in a range of …

DECC – Energy Savings Opportunities Guide
DECC published a Guide to Implementing Energy Savings Opportunities on 13 January 2016. The guide, intended for businesses, “has been written for organisations that have completed an Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) assessment and want to …

House of Commons – Briefing Paper on the Energy Company Obligation (Published December 2015)
The House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 14 December 2015. The Paper sets out the main provisions of the current ECO, the progress in meeting targets, the costs estimates for delivery, and quotes …

European Commission – Securing Energy Efficiency to Secure the Energy Union
A new report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, demonstrating the links between energy efficiency and energy security, was published on 16 December 2015. The report is a detailed piece of analysis exploring the effectiveness of energy …

Chief Construction Adviser’s Review of Solid Wall Insulation (Published 12 November 2015)
The Chief Construction Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Peter Hansford, published the findings of his review into solid wall insulation on 12 November 2015. The Green Construction Board commissioned the review. Its …

DECC – Public Attitudes Survey Findings (Published 10 November 2015)
DECC published findings from their (quarterly) public attitudes tracker on 10 November 2015. The report summarises findings from September 2015 and primarily makes comparisons with data from the previous quarter, June 2015 , and that from the same period …

Housing Executive – Energy Efficiency Good Practice Guide (Published 4 November 2015)
The Housing Executive in Northern Ireland published an Energy Efficiency Good Practice Guide for the residential sector on 4 November 2015. The Guide is intended to “better inform and influence key decision makers within both the public and private …

WSP PB – Report on overheating in homes in London (Published 22 October 2015)
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff published a report called “Overheating in Homes – Keeping a growing population cool in summer“ on 22 October 2015. The report presents findings from a survey of 1005 Londoners who were asked questions about their levels of …

DECC – Statistics on the Green Deal and ECO (Published 22 October 2015)
DECC published the latest statistics on the domestic Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in Great Britain on 22 October 2015. The (combined) statistics are from January 2013 up to the end of September 2015 for the Green Deal, and up to the …

Government response to the CCC’s report on carbon budgets and preparing for climate change (Published 15 October 2015)
DECC and Defra published the government`s official response to the Committee on Climate Change`s (CCC) most recent progress report to Parliament on climate change mitigation and adaption on 15 October 2015. The response includes the Government`s position …

DECC – Heat Networks Delivery funding guidance (Published 6 October 2015)
DECC published the guidance for the Heat Networks Delivery Unit “funding round 5“ on 6 October 2015. To “counter the capability and capacity issues faced by local authorities when developing heat networks, HNDU was set up to provide support (grant …

Ofgem – ECO final report (Published 30 September 2015)
On 30 September 2015 Ofgem published analysis on the delivery of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) up to March 2015. Ofgem states that “between January 2013 and March 2015 the ECO was the main legislative driver for making British homes more …

Orbit Group and CIH – Warm Homes, Better Lives report (Published 30 September 2015)
Orbit Group and the Chartered Institute of Housing published a report on 30 September 2015 focusing on the role of social landlords in tackling fuel poverty and delivering energy efficiency programmes. The report reminds readers that “across England, …

HMT – National Infrastructure Plan for Skills (Published 29 September 2015)
HM Treasury and Infrastructure UK published their National Infrastructure Plan for Skills on 29 September 2015. The report presents analysis on the projected future demand for people and skills needed to deliver the infrastructure projects planned for …

House of Commons – Oral evidence on the CCC’s 2015 progress report (Published 15 September 2015)
The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee published on 15 September 2015 the transcript of evidence given by the Committee on Climate Change on their latest progress report to Parliament. Dr Alan Whitehead asked “In the documents relating …

HMT Consultation – Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape (Published 28 September 2015)
HM Treasury published a consultation document on 28 September 2015 intended to begin a review of the business energy efficiency tax landscape. The deadline for responses is 9 November 2015. The review covers “the Climate Change Levy, the Carbon Reduction …

Frontier Economics Report – Energy Efficiency: An Infrastructure Priority (Published September 2015)
Frontier Economics published their report Energy Efficiency: An Infrastructure Priority in September 2015. The report argues there is a “strong case for Government to make home energy efficiency an infrastructure investment priority and to develop …

ResPublica Report Recommendations – After the Green Deal (Published 23 September 2015)
ResPublica published a report on 23 September 2015 outlining “bold“ recommendations for a new energy efficiency policy. The report starts with the statement that Britain`s energy efficiency policies have failed, noting that energy efficiency improvements …

DECC Feed-in Tariff Consultation (Published August 2015)
DECC published a consultation document on 27 August 2015 containing proposals for major changes to the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) regime. The closing date is 23 October 2015. Proposals include significant reductions to generation tariffs, changes to the …

Renewables share of electricity generation (published February 2015)
“Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 17.8 per cent in 2014 Q3, an increase of 4.2 percentage points on a year earlier, reflecting increased capacity and generation. This was 1.7 percentage points less than the record share set in 2014 Q1.“ …

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers paid (published February 2015)
“Up to the end of December 2014, 11,061 vouchers have been paid and 13,613 measures installed through GDHIF, with £54.3 million claimed.“ Additional information – This was information was taken from a DECC announcement on plans to extend the voucher …

The number of EPCs lodged for domestic buildings (published January 2015)
`A total of 503,871 EPCs covering domestic buildings were lodged on the Domestic Register during the quarter [Quarter 4 2014] – a decrease of 14 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2013.` Additional information – This information was taken from …

Energy bill savings in the private rented sector (published February 2015)
`From April 2018, landlords will be required by law to get their leakiest properties to an energy efficiency rating of at least Band “E”. Estimates suggest that on average the difference in a heating bill from the least energy efficient properties …

Warm homes discount rebates (published January 2015)
“The WHD [Warm Homes Discount] was launched in 2011 and has helped over 2 million fuel poor and vulnerable households each scheme year, most of them through direct rebates off their electricity bill.“ Additional information – This information was taken …

Energy consumption data (published January 2015)
“Total final [energy] consumption fell by 1.6 per cent between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014. Industrial energy consumption fell by 5.6 per cent. Domestic sector energy consumption fell by 3.7 per cent…“ Additional information …

Green Deal and ECO installation numbers (up to November 2014)
`By the end of November [2014], the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal package had delivered new boilers, windows and insulation to 1,021,000 homes.` Additional Information – This information was taken from an announcement by DECC on 22 January …

Cost saving potential for SMEs (January 2015)
`The average value of the missed opportunity from energy efficiency for SMEs…has been calculated to be between £5,800 and £12,200 per annum, or between 18% and 25% of their annual energy costs.` Additional Information – This Information is taken …

Climate change and global temperature increases (sourced 2015)
`There is a vast body of research undertaken by scientists over many years showing that global climate change is already happening. The last decade showed the highest global average surface temperatures since records began, about 0.8°C above pre-industrial …

Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation Statistics (December 2014)
“A provisional 1,023,000 measures were installed in around 829,000 properties through ECO, Cashback, Green Deal Plans and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to the end of October 2014 (the latest month that DECC has complete data for), up from 997,000 …

Third annual progress report on smart meters (December 2014)
“By June [2014], 402,600 smart meters were operating in homes, and 493,700 smart and advanced meters were operating at non-domestic sites“ Additional information – This information was taken from the third annual progress report on the roll-out of …

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund re-opened (December 2014)
`From…10 December, the [Green Deal Home Improvement] scheme will open to new applications, with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures…` Additional information – Information …

Domestic RHI Tariff Reduction (December 2014)
‘The biomass tariff will be reduced by 10% on 1 January 2015 from 12.2p (p /Kwh) to 10.98p (p /Kwh).’ Additional Information -This information was taken from the Quarterly Expenditure Forecast Summary published on the 28 November 2014. The tariff …

Survey on overheating in homes (November 2014)
`The Zero Carbon Hub, in collaboration with Sustainable Homes, has launched a survey seeking the views of the housing industry on the challenging issue of overheating in homes.` Additional information - They ZCH invites responses by 5pm on 11 December …

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Statistics (November 2014)
As of 31 October 2014 there have been 16,487 unique applications to join the domestic RHI scheme (3,228 from new installations installed since 9 April 2014), of which 13,327 have been accredited. Additional information – this statistic was taken from …

ECO installation figures (published November 2014)
`Provisional figures show there were 964,401 measures installed under [the] ECO up to the end of September 2014, with 23,325 installed in September, five per cent higher than the 22,132 installed in August.` Additional information – Information taken …

Investment in renewable electricity (November 2014)
`Since 2010, an average of £7bn has been invested each year in UK renewable electricity, double the previous five years,` Additional information – Quote taken from a speech on 13 November 2014 by Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock on energy priorities. …

Fund announced for community power station projects (November 2014)
“The Urban Community Energy Fund has been launched today [13 November 2014], giving community groups in England the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £20,000, or loans of up to £130,000.” Additional information: DECC have announced that a  £10m …

Domestic RHI Expenditure Update (November 2014)
“As of 30 September 2014, there has been growth across all [domestic renewable heat incentive eligible] technologies compared to the previous forecast, in particular, forecast expenditure for ground source heat pumps has increased by over 75 per cent.” …

Solar photovoltaics deployment (October 2014)
“Overall UK solar PV capacity at the end of September 2014 stood at 4,308 MW, across 607,612 installations, an increase of 1.2 per cent in capacity and 2.2 per cent in installations compared to the end of August 2014.” Additional Information- This …

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Statistics (October 2014)
“As at 30 September 2014 there had been 12,301 unique applications to join the scheme (2,297 from new installations installed since 9 April 2014), of which 10,048 had been accredited“ Additional information – this statistic was taken from the quarterly …

Community and School Feed-in Tariff statistics
Between April 2013 and September 2014, 296 kW of installed solar PV capacity has been granted full accreditation in community and school projects. Further information: Data on the number of community and school solar PV installations and total installed …

Renewable energy figures for the United States (October 2014)
`The United States has doubled the amount of renewable energy it produces in recent years, creating 80,000 new jobs in the clean energy sector last year…` Additional information – This information was taken from a speech by Ed Davey, Secretary of State …

Carbon Budgets progress update (October 2014)
“Greenhouse gas emissions from domestic and non-domestic buildings were 100.7 MtCO2e in 2012 – 10.5% higher than in 2011 and 4.1% lower than 1990 levels.“ Additional Information – This information was taken from the Meeting Carbon Budgets – 2014 …

Statistics on renewables (October 2014)
“By the end of 2014 Q2, 2,816 MW of capacity had been installed, and eligible for the Feed in Tariff scheme, an increase of 27 per cent on a year earlier, constituting approximately 13 per cent of all renewable installed capacity“ Additional information …

Changes to the Energy Company Obligation (October 2014)
“The March 2015 the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) target will be reduced by 33 per cent, with the inclusion of loft insulation, cavity wall and District Heating Systems (DHS) as eligible measures if installed on or after 1 April 2014.“ …

Funding for the Green Deal announced (October 2014)
`…an additional £100 million [was ] announced today [7 October 2014] for household energy efficiency.’ Additional Information – This information was taken from DECC`s press release published on 7 October 2014, announcing that an additional £100 …

Public attitudes to energy survey (September 2014)
`Only one in ten (11%) adults [surveyed] say that they know how much energy their workplace uses; while eight out of ten believe that private employers (79%) and the government (76%) should provide training and education to teach the public to use energy …

Number of heat networks (October 2014)
`There are approximately 2,000 heat networks in the UK at the moment, supplying heat to 210,000 dwellings and 1,700 commercial and public buildings. A further 150 schemes are known to be under development by local authorities across the UK.` Additional …

Solid wall insulation statistics (September 2014)
`It is estimated that at the end of June 2014, 265,000 homes had solid wall insulation (3 per cent of homes with solid walls).` Additional information –  This data was taken from DECC`s statistics covering the Green Deal, ECO and Insulation Levels for …

GHG emissions savings by cities (September 2014)
`…Cumulative [green house gas] emissions savings by [228] cities could reach 13.0 GtCO2e by 2050, compared with business as usual. This is equivalent to the combined current annual emissions of China and India.` Additional Information – This data was …

Electricity generation from renewables (September 2014)
`Electricity generation from renewables in the UK has doubled since 2010 and reached almost 20% for the first time in the first quarter of 2014.` Additional information – Quote taken from DECC`s report `Paris 2015: Securing our prosperity through a global …

Global trade in low carbon and energy efficient technologies (September 2014)
`Trade in low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies…is expected to reach US.2 trillion by 2020, a tripling of current levels.` Additional information – Quote taken from the report the The New Climate Economy report: ‘Better Growth, Better Climate which …

Statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes (published August 2014)
“Between April 2007 and June 2014, 131,555 at post-construction stage received a three star rating and 34,340 dwelling received a four star rating“ Additional information – This data was taken from a DCLG release which shows the number of dwellings …

Data on CERT and CESP measures (published September 2014)
“Of the measures installed under CESP 49% were insulation measures, 39% were heating measures. The most prevalent were external SWI (26%), heating controls (20%) and replacement boilers (15%). External wall insulation contributed to the majority of unadjusted …

Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation statistics (published August 2014)
“A provisional 910,000 measures were installed in around 754,000 properties through ECO, Cashback, Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to the end of June 2014, up from 878,000 measures to the end of May. The large majority of installed …

EPC ratings in the private rented sector (published July 2014)
`In 2011, around 8% and 3% of domestic private rented sector properties had an EPC rating of F and G respectively compared to 7% (F) and 2% (G) in the owner occupier sector.` Additional information – Data taken from DECC`s consultation document published …

Reducing GHG emissions ‘in industry’ (published August 2014)
`Our best estimate…suggests [there is] scope for reducing direct industry emissions by around 3 MtCO2 per year in the period to 2020 through energy efficiency measures.` Additional Information – The quote was taken from a factsheet produced by the …

Public attitudes to energy efficiency (published August 2014)
`Three quarters of people (75%) gave a lot or a fair amount of thought to saving energy in their home, which represents a similar proportion to that reported in March 2014 (77%) and June 2013 (74%).` Additional information – This data was taken from DECC`s …

Heat networks capacity (published August 2014)
`Heat networks work by supplying heating to buildings and homes from a centralised local source through a system of insulated pipes. Local heat networks currently only provide a small fraction of the overall heating demand in the UK (2%) and the Government …

Share of renewables in electricity mix (published August 2014)
`Over the last three years, the share of renewables in the electricity mix has been rising consistently. In 2012 it reached a share of 11.1% in the electricity supplied. Generation from renewable sources is dominated by wind energy and biomass, reaching …

Accredited domestic RHI installations (published 7 July 2014)
`In the first seven weeks of opening, 1,000 installations were accredited on the [domestic RHI] scheme.` Additional information – `The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) opened for applications on 9 April 2014 for homeowners across England, Scotland …

Solid wall insulation figures for 2011 (published 26 June 2014)
“According to Ofgem reports, approximately 22,000 properties in Great Britain had solid wall insulation installed in 2011 through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).“ Additional information – This …

EPCs lodged in Q2 2014 (published 30 July 2014)
`A total of 579,100 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were lodged on the EPC Register during the quarter [Q2 2014] – an increase of 10 per cent on the same quarter last year.` Additional information - This information is taken from a statistical …

Build your strategic foresight skills (July 2014)
The School of International Futures (SOIF) is holding a five-day retreat beginning on 11 August at Wilton Park (West Sussex). The programme includes high-profile speakers from around the world and is a fantastic opportunity to learn futures and foresight …

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund figures (published July 2014)
`When the [GDHIF] scheme closed we had 21,683 applications worth £118 million.` Additional information - The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund closed for applications at 6:30pm on Thursday 24 July when the budget limit was reached. Source: DECC, Answering …

English Housing Survey on the number of homes needing energy efficiency measures (published July 2014)
`In 2012, 16.6 million dwellings (73% of the housing stock) could potentially have benefited from at least one form of the energy improvement measures covered by an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).` Additional information – Taken from the EHS Bulletin, …

DECC’s estimates of the number of households in fuel poverty (published 21 July 2014)
`The change to the way fuel poverty is measured has meant estimates of the number of households in fuel poverty have altered. In 2011 there were 3.2 million (14.6%) households in England in fuel poverty according to the 10% measure and 2.6 million (11.7%) …

DECC’s estimate for UK energy use from heating demand (published July 2014)
`Over two fifths of energy used in the UK is used for heating in one form or another – and heating demand accounts for over 60% of natural gas use.` Additional information – This a quote from DECC`s report `Delivering UK Energy Investment 2014` which …

Research published by DECC on energy use from lighting (published July 2014)
`We estimate that by 2024, if 80% of lights were converted to low energy bulbs, this would result in an average saving of around 230 kWh/year per home, or annual energy use for lighting of around 290 kWh.` Additional information – `The Lighting Study …

The CCC highlights the extent of overheating in homes (published July 2014)
`Exposure to extreme heat is already a health issue. Currently, one-fifth of homes in England could experience overheating even in a cool summer.` Additional information – The Committee on Climate Change`s June 2014 report concludes that `action is needed …

Closing the performance gap – the 2020 ambition (published 8 July 2014)
“From 2020, [the industry must] be able to demonstrate that at least 90% of all new homes meet or perform better than the designed energy/carbon performance.“ Additional information: Taken from the Zero Carbon Hub`s report “closing  the gap between …

DECC´s announcement on Big Energy Saving Network funding (announced July 2014)
`Last year [2013] nearly 160 projects across Great Britain received Big Energy Saving Network funding.` Additional information: `From [7 July 2014] £1million is available for charity and community organisations so they can reach vulnerable consumers …

Ofgem’s figures on technical monitoring of ECO measures (published June 2014)
`Technical monitoring was carried out on 15,171 measures between 1 Jul and 31 Dec 2013. Of these, 1,624 measures failed to comply with a standard of installation of the measure.` (Ofgem) Additional information: Ofgem requires energy companies to carry …

Greg Barker on jobs created by investment in solar energy (speech July 2014)
`The National Solar Centre estimates that solar creates some 14,000 jobs in the UK – up and down the country` (Greg Barker) Additional information: the figure quoted is for 2013. Source: DECC, Greg Barker`s speech to the British Photo Voltaic Association, …

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund application numbers (announcement July 2014)
’4490 households have applied for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.’
Additional information: The number of applications received by the GDHIF Administrator as at 30 June 2014. Cumulative.

Source: DECC, GDHIF application data, published 1 July 2014 …

£16.5 million issued for Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in first three weeks (July 2014)
DECC released a press release announcing ‘funds issued for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund have surged by £8 million in one week – taking the new scheme’s three week total to £16.5 million issued’ on 1 July 2014. The release confirmed …

Consultation: Stage 4, Smart Energy Code Content (July 2014)
DECC published a consultation to help inform the content of Stage 4 of the Smart Energy Code, which governs the end-to-end management of smart metering in Great Britain on 1 July 2014. This is primarily a consultation about the drafting of the Smart …

DECC statistical releases (timetable for twelve months ahead) July 2014
DECC published a timetable of statistical releases for the next twelve months on 1 July 2014. DECC say ‘The timetable will be updated at the beginning of every month or as and when new releases or revised publication dates are confirmed.’ The statistics …

Statistics on ESAS, Green Deal web hits and the GDHIF (1 July 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the number of Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) calls answered and the number of Green Deal webpage views on Gov.uk on the 1 July 2014. Also included for five weeks (starting from 17 June 2014) on a weekly basis …

Statistics on ESAS, Green Deal web hits and the GDHIF (24 June 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the number of Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) calls answered and the number of Green Deal webpage views on Gov.uk on the 24 June 2014. Also included for five weeks (starting from 17 June 2014) on a weekly basis …

Green Deal code of practice (June 2014)
DECC published Version 4 of the Green Deal Code of Practice on 23 June 2014 (originally published in draft on 1 April 2014). DECC states `This code of practice is issued by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under regulation 10 of the …

Monthly FiTs statistics (published June 2014)
DECC published monthly feed-in tariff commissioned installations statistics on 23 June 2014. The statistics presented `show the number of installations and capacity installed, broken down by technology type. These schemes have been registered on the …

MCS and RooFit Statistics (June 2014)
DECC published the latest Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and RooFit statistics on 23 June 2014. The MCS and ROOFiT pipeline statistics show the number of installations each month that are registered on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme …

£8.5 million issued for Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in first two weeks (June 2014)
DECC released a press release announcing ‘£8.5 million has been issued for the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund during the scheme’s first two weeks, according to industry estimates’ on 25 June 2014. The release confirmed a total of ‘2821 …

Energy Company Obligation cost data FOI response (June 2014)
DECC published a response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) Response they received asking about ECO costs on the 25 June 2014. The FOI request asked for information at an aggregated and individual energy company level on the following points: ‘1. The …

Greg Barker’s Speech: Making Contracts for Difference work for solar (June 2014)
Greg Barker gave a speech on ‘Making Contracts for Difference (CfD) work for solar’ on 25 June, during which he highlighted the increase in solar PV deployment in the last four years as well as outlining the transition from Renewables Obligation (RO) …

Future changes to Energy Consumption in the UK (June 2014)
DECC have published ‘plans to reshape and refocus the information contained within the Energy Consumption in the UK release over the coming two years to reflect the changes in the availability of information and the associated used of energy data’ …

Ofgem’s guide to applying for ROO-FIT accreditation (June 2014)
Ofgem published guidance on applying for ROO-FIT accreditation on 9 June 2014. The guide will `help you apply for support under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme using the ROO-FIT accreditation process…It is a simple overview of the ‘full accreditation’ …

Wales Office urges Welsh Government to abandon the ‘Conservatory Tax’ (June 2014)
David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales, gave a speech at the annual Welsh Local Government Association conference on 19 June 2014, and urged the Welsh Government to abandon plans to implement the so-called `Conservatory Tax`. Mr Jones said: `This …

Statement on EU Energy Council (June 2014)
Ed Davey gave a Written Ministerial Statement on 12 June 2014 about the upcoming Energy Council in Luxembourg (on 13 June 2014). Mr Davey noted that `In the afternoon session of the Energy Council, Ministers will adopt conclusions on energy prices, competitiveness …

Greg Barker’s speech at the Renewable Energy Awards (June 2014)
Greg Barker gave a speech at Renewable Energy Awards on 12 June 2014, during which he highlighted the increase in solar PV deployment in the last four years. Mr Barker said `We have seen a stunning fall in the costs of solar PV, in my time as Minister. …

GHG inventory factsheet for the residential sector (June 2014)
DECC published a series of factsheets on greenhouse gas emissions, including for the residential sector, on 16 June 2014. The factsheets are targeted towards National Communication sectors. Click here to see the factsheet on the residential sector …

Consultation on biomass provisions in the RHI and RO (June 2014)
DECC published a consultation on biomass provisions in the Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewables Obligation on 16 June 2014. The consultation `proposes minor technical adjustments to five specific aspects of the existing or planned reporting requirements …

DECC’s list of Energy Service Providers (June 2014)
DECC published a list of `Registered Energy Services Providers` on 12 June 2014. DECC said `The energy services market in the UK is growing and the government is committed to supporting its on-going development as part of the implementation of the UK …

Response to consultations on the smart energy code (June 2014)
DECC published their response to two consultations on the Smart Energy Code on 12 June 2014. The Smart Energy Code `is a multiparty contract which sets out the terms for the provision of the DCC’s [Data and Communications Company] Smart Meter communications …

DECC’s statistical releases for next 12 months (June 2014)
DECC published information on their planned statistical releases for the next 12 months on 12 June 2014. The timetable will be updated at the beginning of every month or as and when new releases or revised publication dates are confirmed. Click here …

Quarterly statistics on smart meters (published June 2014)
DECC published the latest quarterly `experimental` statistics on smart meter roll-out in Great Britain on 12 June 2014. Example finding: `344,700 smart meters are now operating in ‘smart mode’ in domestic properties across Great Britain. This represents …

Fuel poverty statistics (June 2014)
DECC published their annual fuel poverty statistics for 2014 on 12 June 2014. The report for 2014 includes: `The latest statistics on the number of households living in fuel poverty, in England, analysis of the composition of the fuel poor group in 2012, …

RHI and RHPP monthly statistics (June 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) on 19 June 2014. The publication provides the number of applications and accredited installations on the domestic and non-domestic RHI …

Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics (June 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 19 June 2014. The release includes statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector (including information on GD Assessments, Plans, Cashback and the GD …

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund statistics (16 June 2014)
DECC announced the number of applications made for the first week of the Green Deal Home Improvement fund on 17 June 2014. `1,736 applications were made for the fund which offers households in England and Wales up to £7600 cash back for making energy …

Green Deal household tracker wave 4 results (June 2014)
DECC published the latest results of the tracking programme commissioned to monitor the awareness of Green Deal on 17 June 2014. An example finding: `Awareness of the Green Deal stands at around a quarter of all respondents having seen continued growth …

Report on Green Deal customer journey survey (wave 2) (June 2014)
DECC published a report of findings from the 2nd wave of research on the Green Deal customer journey on 17 June 2014. The survey covers a sample of households who have had a Green Deal Assessment in order to find out more about the experience and what …

Green Deal Provider and ECO brokerage research (June 2014)
DECC published research carried out on the Green Deal Provider market and the operation of the ECO Brokerage platform on 17 June 2014. The aim of the research was to evaluate the role of GD Providers within the delivery of the GD and ECO programme. Research …

DECC’s risk assessment on the security of UK gas supply (June 2014)
DECC published a risk assessment on the security of UK gas supply on 10 June 2014. The report references energy efficiency schemes and states: `Following the roll-out of smart meters across the UK, beginning in 2015 and ending in 2020, it is expected …

Ed Davey’s speech at the Economist Energy Summit (June 2014)
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, highlighted the importance of energy efficiency for UK energy security at the Economist Energy Summit on 10 June 2014. Mr Davey said: `The UK’s own oil and gas reserves in the North Sea are …

DCLG’s competent person schemes statistics (June 2014)
DCLG published the latest data on their competent person schemes on 10 June 2014. `The data is updated every six months and covers ‘membership numbers of competent person schemes and the number of building jobs they have carried out.’ Click here …

Green Deal home improvement fund – guide for consumers (June 2014)
DECC published a short guide for consumers on the Green Deal home improvement fund on 9 June 2014. The publication follows the guidance published on 2 May 2014 which explained how the Fund works, highlighting the following: To be eligible for the scheme, …

Ofgem’s FiTs levelisation schedule (June 2014)
Ofgem published the latest FiTs levelisation schedule on 2 June 2014.

Click here to see the schedule

Source: Ofgem, Feed-in Tariff Levelisation Schedule Year 5, 2 June 2015 …

Ofgem’s list of eligible domestic RHI products (June 2014)
Ofgem published a list of products eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on 4 June 2004. The spreadsheet shows `the makes and models of renewable heating products which have already been assessed as eligible for the scheme.` Click …

DECC’s short guide on the RHI (June 2014)
DECC published a short guide to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on 6 June 2014. DECC says `The RHI is a financial incentive scheme open to anyone to apply for, but those who live off the gas grid are most likely to benefit…The RHI will …

Announcement on the Infrastructure Bill (June 2014)
The Department for Transport published (on behalf of the Government) information on new legislation designed to `encourage investment in Britain’s infrastructure` on 5 June 2014. Amongst a range of provisions [which we reported on yesterday], the `legislation …

Eurelectric Gala Dinner speech (June 2014)
Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, delivered a speech to the Eurelectric Gala Dinner on EU energy policy on 2 June 2014, which was published by DECC on 4 June 2014. Michael Fallon stated: “Renewables play, and will continue to play, an important role …

Clean Energy Finance Summit (June 2014)
DECC published a summary of the two-day Clean Energy Finance Summit on 4 June 2014. The Summit , which was held over the 3rd and 4th June was described as a ‘key milestone in scaling up private sector climate finance’. The two day Summit was co-hosted …

HE Antony Phillipson Speech to Green Growth & Business Forum (June 2014)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office published the British High Commissioner to Singapore Antony Phillipson’s speech to the Green Growth and Business Forum on 4 June 2014. HE Antony Phillipson stated: ‘We also need to see all countries start taking …

Queen’s Speech announcement on the zero carbon standard for homes (June 2014)
No.10 published information on the Government`s plans to implement the zero carbon standard for new homes (as part of an Infrastructure Bill) on 4 June 2014. This is the first major announcement on the `allowable solutions` part of the proposed definition …

Addendum to technical guidance on the code for sustainable homes (May 2014)
DCLG published an addendum to the Code for sustainable homes on 30 May 2014. The addendum `brings the Code into line with regulatory or national guidance changes that have occurred recently. In particular, to Part L of the building regulations, to reduce …

Ed Davey’s speech on the future of energy policy (June 2014)
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, addressed the Eurelectric Convention on the future of European power on 2 June 2014. During the speech Mr Davey highlighted the importance of the up-coming European Council this October and …

RHI biomethane tariff consultation (May 2014)
DECC published a consultation on the RHI biomethane grid tariff on 30 May 2014. The consultation `on the RHI biomethane injection to grid tariff seeks views from industry on the proposed adjustment to the biomethane to grid tariff. The consultation presents …

Solar PV deployment (up to 31st April)
DECC published statistics on deployment of solar photovoltaic capacity in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2014. Example finding: ‘Overall UK solar PV capacity at the end of April 2014 stood at 3,179 MW, across 551,939 installations, an increase (for both …

Energy trends and price statistics (May 2014)
DECC published the latest Energy Trends and Price Statistics on 29 May 2014. Example finding: `Total energy production was 6.6 per cent lower than in 2012, due to record low production levels of coal, oil and gas.’ Click here to read the statistics …

DECC’s anonymised NEED datasets (May 2014)
DECC published `record level data` from the National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED) for the first time on 29 May 2014. The information relates to domestic properties in England and Wales. Two datasets have been published: Public Use File …

Ofgem’s Boiler Assessment Checklist for the ECO (May 2015)
Ofgem published a Boiler Assessment Checklist for use in the ECO on 22 May 2014. The Boiler Assessment Checklist `is designed to assist operatives in assessing boilers under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) to determine whether a boiler should …

Ofgem publish technical monitoring questions for the ECO (May 2014)
Ofgem published a set of technical monitoring questions for the ECO on 21 May 2014. The document `lists the questions to be used during Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) technical monitoring (TM). We [Ofgem] have developed the questions in conjunction …

Zero Carbon Hub ‘Nearer to Zero’ event, London, 8 July 2014
The Zero Carbon Hub will be holding a conference in central London on 8 July 2014 on zero carbon policy, with a keynote speech by Stephen Williams, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government. The conference speakers …

Ofgem’s new template for ECO suppliers (May 2014)
Ofgem published new templates for Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) suppliers on 22 May 2014. These were produced or updated to reflect suggestions from the ECO Reporting Working Group. Ofgem reminds users that `Appendix 1 of the ECO Guidance for Suppliers …

Ofgem’s ECO guidance on hard to treat cavities (May 2014)
Ofgem published supplementary guidance in relation to specific categories of hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) on 22 May 2014. The main requirements introduced by the supplementary guidance covers, for example, …

Monthly Feed-in Tariff statistics (May 2014)
DECC published the cumulative installation numbers and capacity of schemes under 5MW installed in Great Britain on 22 May 2014. The statistics show the number of installations and capacity installed, broken down by technology type. These schemes have …

RHI and RHPP monthly statistics (May 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) on 22 May 2014. This publication provides the number of applications and accredited installations on the domestic and non-domestic RHI …

Statistics on the code for sustainable homes (May 2014)
DCLG published statistics on the code for sustainable homes for homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 22 May 2014. The release `shows the number of dwellings that have been certified to the standards set out in the Code for sustainable homes …

DCLG’s response to Select Committee report on certification of electrical work (May 2014)
DCLG published their response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: Building Regulations certification of domestic electrical work on 20 May 2014. Example response: `The Government does not believe that the case has been …

DECC Review (May 2014)
DECC published the latest DECC Review on 20 May 2014. The DECC Review is a summary of last month’s most important news from across the Department. This month it includes information on the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, the launch of the Domestic …

UK’s carbon footprint (published May 2014)
DEFRA published the annual carbon dioxide emissions relating to UK consumption on 20 May 2014. “This publication investigates the impact that UK consumption has on carbon dioxide emissions. The worldwide production of goods consumed in the UK is taken …

Energy Saving Advice Service calls and Green Deal webpage views (May 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the number of Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) calls answered and the number of Green Deal webpage views on Gov.uk on the 20 May 2014. The statistics show there have been 398,074 calls to the Energy Saving Advice …

Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics (May 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 20 May 2014. The release includes statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector (including information on GD Assessments, Plans, Cashback and the GD …

Eric Pickles on ‘self-build’ homes (May 2014)
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, made a speech at the Grand Designs Live event at the ExCel centre on 3 May 2014 (published 16 May 2014). Mr Pickles said `Last year’s shortlisted ‘self build on a shoestring’ …

Ed Davey’s response to the Times article ‘Wanted: an Energy Policy’ (May 2014)
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, issued a letter to the Times on 15 May 2014, in response to their recent article `Wanted: an Energy Policy`. Mr Davey said the following on energy efficiency policies: `On the demand side, our …

Consultation published on financial support for Solar PV (May 2014)
DECC published a consultation asking questions about how the deployment of large and medium scale solar PV under the Renewables Obligation and Feed in Tariff schemes can be cost effectively managed on 13 May 2014. The consultation includes proposals …

Consultation on community energy projects under Feed-in Tariffs Scheme (May 2014)
DECC published three consultation documents setting out proposals to support community energy projects under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme on 13 May 2014. The consultations seek views on: ‘DECC analysis of current community renewable electricity deployment …

Final statement for the first Carbon Budget (2008-2012)
DECC published the final statement for the first Carbon Budget period covering 2008-2012 as required by section 18 of the Climate Change Act on 13 May 2014. The statement includes findings that: ‘over the first budgetary period, UK emissions as calculated …

Ensuring value for money and maintaining investment in renewable energy (May 2014)
DECC published a news story outlining the proposals made to ‘maintain the growing momentum behind renewable electricity investment in the UK, while continuing to deliver value for money for consumers’ on 13 May 2014. This included reference to the …

Heat Networks Delivery Unit Funding Round 3 now open for applications (May 2014)
DECC announced on 12 May 2014 that the HNDU`s third funding round is now open. The `funding available will support Local Authorities in overcoming early stage barriers to establishing Heat Networks…50 Local Authorities have been awarded over £4m funding …

FiTs tariff rates (published April 2014)
Ofgem published the latest FiTs tariff rates for PV installations on 30 April 2014. The `document sets out the tariff rates for the Feed-in Tariff scheme from 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014, for photovoltaic installations only.` Click here to see …

New ECO guidance version 1.1a (May 2014)
Ofgem published an updated version of their guidance for suppliers on the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) on 1 May 2014. `In July 2013, the government consulted on proposed amendments to ECO. The amended Order, which introduces a number of technical …

ECO compliance update (May 2014)
Ofgem published the latest ECO compliance update on 9 May 2014. The `compliance update presents energy efficiency measures delivered by suppliers which have been approved by Ofgem. It shows the types of measures approved to date and suppliers` compliance …

Progress on the Government’s digital strategy (April 2014)
The Cabinet Office published a progress report on the Government`s digital strategy on 30 April 2014. The report notes that `Service transformation continues to take place…The first phase of the Energy Savings Advice Service (ESAS), the energy grants …

New guidance on accessing EPC data (April 2014)
DCLG published guidance on obtaining energy performance data on 30 April 2014. DCLG said `This Energy Performance Certificate data guidance is aimed at authorised recipients and describes the processes for obtaining the data in bulk. It describes who …

Guidance for weights and measures authorities on EPCs (April 2014)
DCLG published guidance for local weights and measures authorities about enforcing the rules on Energy Performance Certificates and air conditioning inspections on 30 April 2014. `The guidance is intended to help enforcement agencies to understand how …

Consultation response on making NEED data available (May 2014)
DECC published their response to the consultation on making National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED) data available on 1 May 2014. The document outlines DECC`s plans to publish the proposed datasets. Click here to read the response document …

Scheme to register biomass fuel as sustainable (April 2014)
DECC announced on 30 April that woodfuel suppliers will now be able to register their fuels as sustainable by applying to the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL). DECC said `This is a first for the UK biomass sector and a major milestone in ensuring biomass …

Ed Davey’s speech at the Climate Group (April 2014)
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, gave a speech at the Climate Group`s 10th Anniversary Event on 28 April 2014. Mr Davey said: `The year ahead to Paris in 2015 will be challenging. And achieving an ambitious and workable international …

Energy trends and price statistics (published April 2014)
DECC published the latest `provisional` statistics on energy trends and prices on 24 April 2014. Example finding: `Primary energy consumption in the UK fell by 7.6%, on a temperature adjusted basis it fell by 2.6%.` [in the 3 month period December 2013 …

Information on RHI budget commitments (as at 30 April 2014)
DECC published the latest quarterly information on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) budget commitments on 23 May 2014. `The quarterly forecast shows the current estimated committed expenditure for the next 12 months based on the number of Renewable Heat …

The UK’s national energy efficiency action plan and building renovation strategy (April 2014)
DECC published the UK Government`s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and Building Renovation Strategy on 30 April 2014. DECC states `The UK is committed to realising the remaining cost-effective energy efficiency potential in the UK economy. …

DCLG guidance on EPCs for landlords and sellers (April 2014)
DCLG published guidance on how to apply the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to domestic dwellings on 30 April 2014. `The guidance is intended to help landlords and sellers understand their responsibility for making Energy …

DCLG guidance on the energy performance of building regulations (April 2014)
DCLG published guidance on the enforcement of the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 on 30 April 2014. The `guidance offers background on the legal framework for energy performance certificates and …

Experimental statistics on EPCs (April 2014)
DCLG published statistics on Energy Performance of Buildings Certificates (EPCs) in England and Wales on 30 April 2014. The release covers `Information about certificates on the energy efficiency of domestic and non-domestic buildings in England and …

Green Deal incentives research with home buyers (May 2014)
DECC published research findings on the Green Deal incentive scheme on 1 May 2014. The research was designed to test the `hypothesis that a suitable incentive may encourage recent home buyers to expand the scope of their projects, considering the installation …

Public attitudes to DECC’s business priorities (April 2014)
DECC published the results of their public attitudes tracking survey (wave 9) on 29 April 2014. The information and data is collected to `understand and monitor attitudes to DECC`s business priorities.` The ninth wave of data was collected between 26 …

Non-domestic RHI quarterly statistics (up to March 2014)
DECC published the latest quarterly statistics on the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) on 24 April 2014. This publication provides a summary of the deployment of renewable heat technologies under …

Sub-regional FiTs statistics (April 2014)
DECC published `sub-regional` FiTs statistics on 23 April 2014. These quarterly statistics show the number of installations and total installed capacity by technology type in England, Scotland and Wales at the end the latest quarter that have been confirmed …

DECC announces new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (May 2014)
DECC announced on 1 May 2014 new cash incentives for householders installing energy efficiency improvements. `From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund…` DECC says `The …

Monthly FiTs Statistics (up to 31 March 2014)
DECC published the latest monthly statistics on Feed In Tariffs (FiTs) on 23 April 2014. The statistics `show the number of installations and capacity installed by technology type and tariff band that are confirmed on the Central Feed-in tariff Register …

Eric Pickles’ statement on local planning and renewable energy (April 2014)
DCLG published a written ministerial statement by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on local planning and renewable energy developments on 9 April 2014. Mr Pickles said `We have abolished regional strategies, and …

DECC’s energy investment report (April 2014)
DECC published their Energy Investment Report on 23 April 2014. The report updates on `progress made against the energy investment challenge`. Example finding: `Households are now using around a fifth less energy than they were in 2004 – saving the …

Letter to local authorities on the Solar PV strategy (April 2014)
DECC wrote to all local authorities about the Solar PV roadmap and strategy on 22 April 2014. DECC published the actual Solar PV strategy earlier in April 2014. The letter now sent to local authorities `is an update on the department’s plans for …

Ofgem’s update on changes to the non-domestic RHI (April 2014)
Ofgem published an update about the non-domestic RHI on 17 April 2014. Ofgem`s website states that `Subject to Parliamentary approval [of DECC`s legislation], there will be some important changes to eligibility requirements for the scheme, including …

Ofgem publishes ‘further’ response to the ECO consultation (April 2014)
Ofgem published a further response to the government’s consultation: The Future of the Energy Company Obligation on 16 April 2014. Ofgem states that the `letter gives our general views on the consultation followed by our response to specific questions …

Ofgem’s quarterly ECO compliance update (April 2014)
Ofgem published the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) quarterly compliance update on 11 April 2014. The `compliance update presents energy efficiency measures delivered by suppliers which have been approved by Ofgem. It shows the types of measures approved …

Community energy strategy letter to local authorities (April 2014)
DECC updated the webpage on the Community Energy Strategy on 17 April 2014 to share a copy of the letter they sent to local authorities on 27 January 2014. The letter states that `Local government is uniquely well-placed to support, partner and invest, …

DECC’s response to consultation on smart metering implementation programme (April 2014)
DECC published their response to the consultation on the process to finalise the Great Britain Companion Specification for the Smart Metering Implementation Programme on 15 April 2014. The consultation ran from 5 February 2014 until 5 March 2014. The …

DECC writes to energy suppliers on the ECO (April 2014)
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, wrote to energy suppliers on the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) on 15 April 2014. The letter requires energy suppliers to provide detailed information on the costs of the ECO. DECC …

DECC’s research into the impacts of leakage from refrigerants in heat pumps
DECC published research into the impacts of leakage from refrigerants in heat pumps on 15 April 2014. The purpose of the research is `to provide a more evidence based assessment of likely leakage rates for different heat pump installations over time`. …

Statistics on UK greenhouse gas emissions (April 2014)
DECC published two documents on the UK’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions on 15 April 2014. The first document is a quarterly release of provisional estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions, which covers emissions up to and including the fourth quarter of …

DECC’s key points and questions on the IPCC’s 5th assessment report (April 2014)
DECC published `key points and questions` about the UN IPCC`s 5th Assessment Report on climate change mitigation on 13 April 2014. DECC states `This third report looks at how to address the issues and risks identified in the [previous] two reports by …

Update to sub-national electricity and gas consumption statistics tool (April 2014)
DECC published an update to the sub-national electricity and gas consumption statistics analysis tool (2005 to 2012) on 10 April 2014. The tool is designed to help `local authorities and other users of DECC’s sub-national data to better understand …

DECC’s business plan indicators Q4 2013/14 (published April 2014)
DECC published their Business Plan Quarterly Data Summary on 10 April 2014. The summary provides the latest data on indicators included in Departmental Business Plans. Example indicator: `The number of households in fuel poverty in England: 2010 – …

DECC’s update to Energy Trends on the renewables obligation (April 2014)
DECC published an update to the Energy Trends section on renewables obligation certificates (ROCs) and generation on 10 April 2014. The statistics include information on the number of ROCs issued to accredited generators. Click here to see the statistics …

DECC consultation on home area networks for smart meters (April 2014)
DECC published a consultation on 10 April 2014 on the possible steps needed to establish Home Area Networks (HAN) for smart meters in certain properties. The consultation closes on 22 May 2014. The consultation `considers whether any changes need to …

DECC consultation on smart metering equipment technical specification (April 2014)
DECC published a consultation document on the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (“SMETS”) on 10 April 2014. The consultation closes on 22 May 2014. `The initial version of the SMETS (“SMETS 1”) was designated by the Secretary …

DECC launches domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (April 2014)
DECC launched the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on 9 April 2014. The RHI offers homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems in their properties. Greg Barker, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate …

DECC announces six new measures included in the Green Deal (April 2014)
DECC issued a letter about new Green Deal measures and a notice of approval for the calculation methodologies for the Energy Performance of Buildings on 4 April 2014. The purpose of the `divisional circular letter is to inform building control bodies …

DECC publishes part 2 of the solar PV strategy (April 2014)
DECC published Part 2 of the UK solar PV strategy on 4 April 2014. On announcing the publication, Greg Barker said `We want to move the emphasis for growth away from large solar farms and instead focus on opening up the solar market for the UK’s estimated …

Funding ‘quadrupled’ for Green Deal Communities (April 2014)
DECC announced on 2 April 2014 that `Local Authorities across the country are to receive a share of £88 million to help deliver the Government’s Green Deal home energy efficiency improvement programme.` DECC said `The [Green Deal Communities] scheme …

Solar PV statistics (w/e 30 March 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on solar PV installations and capacity on 2 April 2014. The statistics show the number of sub 50kW solar photovoltaic installations and capacity installed at the end of each week, that are recorded on the Microgeneration …

DECC’s consultation on FiTs for hydroelectricity (April 2014)
DECC published a consultation document on Feed-in Tariff changes for hydroelectricity on 1 April 2014. The consultation period closes on 29 April 2014. The consultation `proposes amendments to the Feed-in Tariffs scheme to address an anomaly that resulted …

Greg Barker’s speech on coordinating low carbon technology innovation support (March 2014)
Greg Barker, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, gave a speech at the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group Strategic Framework Briefing and Networking Event on 31st March. Greg Barker said: ‘By targeting our innovation …

Consultation response to new Smart Energy Code content (March 2014)
DECC published their response to the consultation on the New Smart Energy Code Content (Stage 3) Part A on 31 March 2014. This response relates to the policy on the Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority which governs the end-to-end …

Smart metering equipment technical specifications update (March 2014)
DECC published an update to the Smart Metering Equipment Specifications on 31 March 2014. There is a requirement to install metering equipment in accordance with Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications which arises from ‘standard licence …

Ed Davey’s response to IPCC report on climate change (March 2014)
Secretary of State, Ed Davey issued a statement in response to the IPCC Working Group 2 report on climate change on 31 March 2014. Ed Davey said: ‘We are investing in low carbon and energy efficiency technologies, with an increased focus on home-grown …

Ofgem summarises up-coming work on the ECO (March 2014)
Ofgem summarised up-coming work on the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) on 21 March 2014. Ofgem said `The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is entering a period of change. In the coming weeks and months we are publishing a number of documents relating …

Consumer Futures says functions moving to Citizens Advice (March 2014)
Consumer Futures has announced that, as of 1 April 2014, its functions will be moving to Citizens Advice. The organisation has produced a huge amount of research over the years and has made its archive available: Click here to see Consumer Futures`s …

Statistics on UK greenhouse gas emissions (March 2014)
DECC published information on 27 March 2014 on the UK`s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2012. The publication `provides the latest final estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions going back to 1990. Estimates are presented by source in February of each …

Changes to Smart Energy Code clear Parliament (March 2014)
DECC announced on 27 March 2014 that modifications to the Smart Energy Code and related requirements have been approved by Parliament. DECC said `Following successful completion of the Parliamentary process, the changes relating to Communication Hubs …

DECC’s Energy Trends (March 2014)
DECC published the latest Energy Trends on 27 March 2014. Example finding: `Low carbon electricity’s share of generation increased from 30.7 per cent in 2012 to 34.6 per cent in 2013, due to higher renewables and nuclear generation.` Click here …

PM responds to the press on SSE price freezes (March 2014)
The Prime Minister made a short statement at a press briefing on 26 March 2014 on SSE’s announcement that they will freeze energy prices.

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Source: No.10, Press briefing: morning 26 March 2014, 26 March 2014 …

Annual statement of emissions for 2012 (March 2014)
DECC published the annual statement of emissions for 2012 on 26 March 2014. This fifth annual statement of emissions sets out the steps taken to calculate the “net UK carbon account” in respect of 2012. Example finding: `The 2012 net UK carbon account …

DECC report on use of waste heat (March 2014)
DECC published a report on 26 March 2013 which highlights the potential for recovering ‘waste’ industrial heat from heat intensive industries which could then be used to supply a range of energy demands. In June 2013, DECC commissioned Element Energy, …

DECC funding for heat network projects (March 2014)
DECC announced on 26 March 20144 that `24 local authorities across England and Wales have been awarded more than £2.1 million to support the development of heat network projects.` These were `the latest round of successful projects through the Heat …

Domestic RHI roadshows (March 2014)
DECC announced on the 25 March 2014 that they would be attending a series of property and renewable energy roadshows this year. DECC`s aim by attending these sessions is to help businesses, installers and consumers find out more about the domestic RHI …

George Osborne’s Budget Statement 2014
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Budget Statement to Parliament on 19 March 2014. As part of his speech, the Chancellor announced: `We need to cut our energy costs. [...]  We’re going to do this by promoting energy efficiency. …

David Cameron’s press conference on the European Council (March 2014)
David Cameron gave a press conference at the close of European Council on 21 March 2014 Mr Cameron said `We want the EU to play a strong leadership role in efforts to secure a global climate deal next year in Paris. That means swift agreement on a target …

Minimum requirements for competence persons schemes (March 2014)
DCLG published minimum technical competence requirements for competent persons schemes on 21 March 2014. The document `sets out the minimum knowledge, practical skills and experience requirements that will ensure that an organisation or individual has …

Green Deal assessments research (March 2014)
DECC published further research and findings from analysis of Green Deal assessments on 20 March 2014. The report contains further analysis from Green Deal assessments research waves 1 to 3 and new findings from the Green Deal customer journey research. …

Green Deal Quick Guides (March 2014)
DECC published a series of new and updated Green Deal Quick Guides on the 20 March 2014. The guides explain different aspects of the Green Deal including but not limited to the assessment process, cashback availability, ECO and consumer protection. …

National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework Privacy Impact Assessment (March 2014)
DECC published an update to the National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED) Privacy Impact Assessment on the 20 March 2014. The document, first published in July 2013, sets out how DECC is addressing privacy issues related to the department’s …

Renewable heat statistics (up to February 2014)
DECC published the latest renewable heat statistics on 20 March 2014. ‘The monthly statistics for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme present the number of applications and accredited installations on the scheme so far…the statistics for …

Green Deal household tracker wave 3 results (March 2014)
DECC published the latest results of the tracking programme commissioned to monitor the awareness of Green Deal on 20 March 2014. GfK NOP was commissioned by DECC to carry out tracking research to test the hypothesis that there will be positive changes …

Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics (March 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 20 March 2014. The release includes statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector (including information on GD Assessments, Plans, Cashback and the GD …

DECC Green Deal update (March 2014)
DECC published the latest Green Deal Statistics on 20 March 2014. DECC highlights that: “517,000 households have been helped to improve their homes to make them more energy efficient through the Green Deal or Energy Company Obligation (ECO) since the …

Edward Davey’s speech to Scottish Renewable Conference (March 2014)
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, gave a speech to the Scottish Renewable Conference on 18 March 2014. Mr Davey stated that ‘[...] we are now around half way to our ambition of meeting 30% of the UK’s electricity needs from …

DECC’s digest of UK energy statistics (March 2014)
DECC published weather statistics from the Digest of UK energy statistics (DUKES) on 18 March 2014. The statistics include data on mean heating degree days from 2002 to 2012. Click here to see the statistics Source: DECC, Weather: Digest of United …

DECC Review (March 2014)
DECC published the latest DECC Review on 17 March 2014. The Review includes details on the Electricity Demand Reduction pilot `Call to registration`. Announced by Ed Davey in September 2013, `the pilot has at least £20 million available to support …

DCLG’s notification on approved inspectors (March 2014)
DCLG published a `notice of designation` under the Building Act 1984 on 14 March 2014. DCLG confirm that `CICAIR Limited has been designated to approve approved inspectors subject to the terms and limitations set out in [the] notice.` The designation …

Research on the impact of fuel poverty targets (March 2014)
Consumer Futures published research commissioned from the Association for the Conservation of Energy on the impact of fuel poverty targets on 12 March 2014. Consumer Futures says: `Forthcoming secondary legislation will introduce new fuel poverty targets …

Results of application process for electrical installations certification schemes (March 2014)
DCLG published the results of their application process to operate third party certification schemes for electrical installations in dwellings on 14 March 2014. `The list of applicants who successfully applied to operate third party Part P (electrical …

Stephen Williams announces plans to simplify housing standards (March 2014)
Stephen Williams, Communities Minister, announced plans to `simply housing standards` on 13 March 2014. The announcement is in response to DCLG`s consultation on housing standards which closed in October 2013. Mr Williams said the following on energy …

£500,000 government fund to help community groups reduce energy bills (March 2015)
The Cabinet Office and DECC published details on a new £500,000 government fund to help community groups reduce energy bills and manage energy on 12 March 2014. Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said `this new fund will …

Ed Davey’s statement on the EU Energy Council (March 2014)
DECC published a statement on the EU Energy Council (held on 4 March) on 11 March 2014. Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said `Ministers noted that evidence, including from the International Energy Agency, showed that climate …

DECC’s updated energy trends on renewables (March 2014)
DECC published an updated version of the renewables section of their Energy Trends on 13 March 2014. Example finding: `Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 13.2 per cent in 2013 Q3, an increase of 1.4 percentage points on a year earlier, …

Ofgem’s response to aspects of the ‘Future of the ECO’ consultation (March 2014)
Ofgem published a response to DECC`s consultation on the future of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 11 March 2014. Ofgem states that the `response looks solely at the changes to the ECO Order that are proposed to have effect by reference to 1 …

Ed Davey’s speech on ‘energy saving societies’ (March 2014)
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, gave a speech on `Green social change: building an Energy Saving Society` to the London School of Economics` Energy Society on 11 March 2014. Mr Davey stated that `Energy efficiency will be central …

DECC’s Ecobuild presentations on the RHI and ECO (March 2014)
DECC published their Ecobuild presentations on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) on 10 March 2014. DECC confirmed the RHI `Scheme [is] expected to go live for applications in the Spring.` The main proposals …

DECC’s consultation on domestic energy supply data format (March 2014)
DECC published a consultation document on 10 March 2014 on proposals to require energy suppliers to provide key, personalised energy data to their customers in a machine readable format. The consultation closes on 21 April 2014. `These modifications …

DECC’s consultation on the Energy Company Obligation (March 2014)
DECC published a consultation document on the future of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 5 March 2014. The consultation closes on 16 April 2014. Key proposals include the extension of the scheme to 2017, modifying the eligibility criteria for …

Ed Davey’s speech on Green Deal and ECO (March 2014)
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, gave a speech at ECOBuild, which focused on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation on 5 March 2014. Mr Davey announced “Amendments to the Consumer Credit Act have now come into effect …

Update on Green Deal Communities (March 2014)
DECC published an update to the Green Deal Communities scheme on 4 March. Gregory Barker announced that the first six schemes supported under the Green Deal Communities initiative are:   Cambridgeshire Ashfield Suffolk Peterborough 6 north …

TSB’s ‘design for future climate’ research programme (February 2014)
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) published information about their conference on the `Design for Future Climate` research programme on 28 February 2014. The TSB said their event was a `chance for companies to showcase projects resulting from our 2010/2011 …

DECC to review RHI biomethane injection tariff (February 2014)
DECC announced on 28 February 2014 that the biomethane injection tariff is to be reviewed. The review follows `representations from industry that there is a risk of overcompensation for large biomethane to grid plants under the current Renewable Heat …

DECC’s statement on the forthcoming Energy Council (to take place on 4 March 2014)
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, outlined on 28 February 2014 the agenda items for the Energy Council in Brussels on 4 March 2014. Mr Davey highlighted that `the UK will argue that the EU needs to do more to tackle high …

Transfer of energy-using products work to DECC (March 2014)
DECC announced on 3 March 2014 that policy responsibility for regulation of energy-using products will transfer from the Defra to DECC. The work involves negotiating and overseeing implementation of EU regulations covering a range of products that consume …

Ed Davey’s speech on green growth and 2030 targets (March 2014)
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, gave a speech at the Green Growth Summit II on 3 March 2014. Mr Davey announced that `the Green Growth Group, including UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have today agreed to a joint …

Cabinet Office’s newsletter on construction (February 2014)
The Cabinet Office published the Construction Newsletter on 27 February 2014. The Newsletter gives an overview of the latest construction initiatives in central government. The latest edition includes information on: the new models of construction …

DECC’s leaflet on household energy saving improvements (March 2014)
DECC published a leaflet on the types of energy savings improvements consumers can make to their homes on 3 March 2014. The leaflet highlights the finance available from a range of policies including the Green Deal, ECO, RHI and FiTs. Click here to …

DECC’s ‘determinations’ on the FiTs (February 2014)
DECC published a statement on aspects of the FiTs scheme on 28 February 2014. In accordance with the Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012, Articles 37 and 38, the Secretary of State has made certain determinations legally required for administration of the scheme. …

Analysis on EU 2030 targets – costs and benefits (February 2014)
DECC published a summary on UK analysis on EU 2030 targets on 27 February 2014. DECC `commissioned Enerdata to model the impacts of a range of 2030 targets which cover the EU’s climate and energy framework. The results provide an EU-wide and Member …

New smart grid vision and routemap (February 2014)
DECC published a `Smart Grid Vision and Routemap` on 27 February 2014. The document `sets out the wide ranging benefits that smart grids will bring, for example: minimising consumer bills; allowing consumers to play a more active role in managing the …

DECC’s Energy Trends (February 2014)
DECC published the latest Energy Trends on 27 February 2014. Example finding: `Total final energy consumption rose by 0.1 per cent between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2013.` Click the following links to see each section of the …

DECC’s consultation response on CRC proposals (February 2014)
DECC published a response to their consultation on aspects of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Scheme on 25 February 2014. The consultation was entitled “Finalising CRC simplification: treatment of renewable energy & the metallurgical and …

DCLG’s bulletin on the English Housing Survey (February 2014)
DCLG published a bulletin on the English Housing Survey Headline Report on 28 February 2014. Example finding: `The energy efficiency of the English housing stock continued to improve.` Click here to see the bulletin in full Source: DCLG, English housing …

DCLG’s letter about insurance to approved inspectors (February 2014)
DCLG published a letter sent to approved inspectors carrying out building controls functions on 28 February 2014. The letter informed that the Secretary of State has `approved the professional indemnity and public liability insurance policies offered …

DCLG’s English Housing Survey reports (February 2014)
DCLG published a summary of key issues relating to the quality of the statistics presented in the 2012 to 2013 English housing survey headline report on 26 February 2014. The English Housing Survey is DCLG`s `flagship survey of people’s housing circumstances …

Statistics on the code for sustainable homes and energy performance of buildings (February 2014)
DCLG published the latest official statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes and average energy efficiency on 25 February 2014. ‘Statistics relating to the Code for Sustainable Homes show the number of dwellings that have been certified to the standards …

DECC Review (February 2014)
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Review was published on the 25 February. The DECC Review is a summary of last month’s most important news from across DECC. It joins up key announcements and initiatives, and showcasing how the Departments …

TSB launches new strategic framework for low carbon innovation (February 2014)
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) published a new framework on low carbon innovation on 18 February 2014. The new `Strategic Framework published by the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group (LCICG), will help to tackle one of the main barriers …

CCC call for evidence on climate change risks (February 2014)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a call for evidence on 21 February 2014. The results with inform the next Climate Change Risk Assessment in 2017. The call for evidence closes on 30 April 2014. The Call includes evidence gathering on …

Renewable heat statistics (up to January 2014)
DECC published the latest renewable heat statistics on 20 February 2014. ‘The monthly statistics for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme present the number of applications and accredited installations on the scheme so far…the statistics …

Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics (February 2014)
DECC published the latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 20 February 2014. The release includes statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector (including information on GD Assessments, Plans, Cashback and the …

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Factsheets (February 2014)
Ofgem published information on the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on 19 February 2014. The information is in the form of five factsheets, ahead of comprehensive guides being published when the Domestic RHI is launched by DECC (expected this …

DECC updates Green Deal cashback amounts (February 2014)
DECC announced new amounts of cashback available for some energy efficiency measures under the Green Deal on 18 February 2014. Under the Green Deal Cashback Scheme, householders can claim cash back from Government on energy saving improvements like insulation, …

DECC response to FOI request on Green Deal and ECO (February 2014)
DECC published a response to a freedom of information request on the number of homes to benefit from the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in South East on 18 February 2014. Click here to read the full response Source: DECC, Green Deal …

DECC’s analysis of energy use and energy efficiency across EU countries (February 2014)
DECC published a paper comparing energy efficiency indicators across the EU for various sectors on 18 February 2014. DECC is part of the ODYSSEE project, an EU sponsored project to monitor energy efficiency in European countries producing a database …

Ofgem’s consultation on guidance for smart meters DCC (February 2014)
Ofgem published a consultation document on the draft Regulatory Instructions and Guidance, including the reporting templates for the Smart Meter Communication Licences on 12 February 2014. The consultation closes on 23 April 2014. The `instructions …

CITB advertises training event for women in construction (taking place 11 March 2014)
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) advertised a training event for women in construction on 12 February 2014. The event takes place on 11 March 2014 at the National Museum of Scotland. Click here to see further details Source: CITB, Build …

DCLG’s letter to local authorities on charging for building control (February 2014)
DCLG published a letter sent to local authorities about charging for building control services on 14 February 2014. The purpose of the circular letter is `to remind local authorities carrying out functions under the Building Act 1984 of the provisions …

DECC’s renewable energy trends (February 2014)
DECC published the latest Renewable Energy Trends statistics on 13 February 2014. Example finding: ‘Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 13.2 per cent in 2013 Q3, an increase of 1.4 percentage points on a year earlier, reflecting increased …

Defra and DECC review of balance of competences report (February 2014)
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a report on 13 February 2014 which examines the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union in …

DECC announced £8 million boost for energy storage innovation (February 2014)
Two British companies have been awarded over £8 million to spur on innovation in storing energy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Gregory Barker announced on the 13 February 2014. The funding will be used to develop a technology to store air in a …

Gregory Barker’s speech on innovation in the low carbon sector (February 2014)
Gregory Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change gave a speech on the 13 February 2014 at the Cleantech Innovate conference on innovation in the low carbon sector. In the speech Mr Barker highlighted ‘overall, since 2012, over 150 entrepreneurial …

Findings from DECC’s community energy survey (February 2014)
DECC published the key findings from a survey on community energy on 12 February 2014. This survey of public attitudes to community energy in the UK informed the Community Energy Strategy. The data was collected in January 2014. Example finding: ‘More …

Green Construction Board to continue work for 2 years (February 2014)
The Green Construction Board (GCB) met on 10 February 2014 to mark their second anniversary and to announce that it will continue its work for a further 2 years. The GCB has a number of objectives including: `Developing a low carbon Routemap for the …

Defra’s consultation on the energy efficiency directive (February 2014)
Defra published a consultation on the transposition of aspects of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) on 10 February 2014. Defra says `This consultation concerns the transposition of Article 14(5)-(8)…Article 14 extends the scope and replaces …

DECC reports on the Household Electricity Use Survey (February 2014)
DECC published a suite of reports using data from the Household Electricity Survey on 11 February 2014. The Household Electricity Use Survey monitored a total of 250 owner-occupier households across England from 2010 to 2011. The `data offers an unparalleled …

DECC’s RHI training voucher scheme gets additional £150,000 (February 2014)
Gregory Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, announced an additional £150,000 for training vouchers for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on 11 February 2014. The fund is aimed at expanding the skill set of domestic heating engineers …

DECC’s timber standard for use in the RHI (February 2014)
DECC published the Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity on 10 February 2014. The Standard sets out how the Sustainable Forest Management Criteria will apply to the use of woodfuel under the Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewables Obligation. DECC …

Ed Davey’s speech on Europe’s role in tackling energy and climate change issues (February 2014)
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, gave a speech to the Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables on Europe`s role in tackling energy and climate change issues on 6 February 2014. In the speech Mr Davey highlighted that `The global …

DECC’s smart metering implementation programme consultation (February 2014)
DECC published a consultation about the Smart Metering Implementation Programme on 5 February 2014. The consultation closes on 5 March 2014. The consultation relates to the process of finalising the Great Britain Companion Specification. The Specification …

DECC’s estimates of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (February 2014)
DECC published estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions by source on 4 February 2014. The publication covers statistics from 1990-2012. Example finding: `Between 2011 and 2012, the largest increases were experienced in the residential sector, up 12.3 …

DECC’s survey on public attitudes to energy efficiency (February 2014)
DECC released the latest findings from their public attitudes survey on 4 February 2014. The summary covers attitudes on renewable energy sources, shale gas, nuclear energy, energy bills, energy efficiency, energy security and renewable heat. Example …

DECC’s findings on public’s views on smart meters (February 2014)
DECC released the latest findings from their survey to measure the public’s views on smart meters and in-home displays (IHDs) on 4 February 2014. The overall objective of the project was to understand consumer awareness, understanding of and attitudes …

BIS’s paper on science and innovation priorities (February 2014)
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a paper on `the UK’s strengths, weaknesses and priority areas that need to be addressed in science and innovation` on 3 February 2014. The paper note China`s increasing investment in …

ROO-FIT ‘pending’ data on applications (February 2014)
DECC published ROO-FIT pending data on 3 February 2014. The `data is extracted from Ofgem’s Renewables and CHP Register and includes all applications currently pending accreditation.` Note that DECC added the following disclaimer: `The pending application …

DECC’s consultation response on ECO brokerage (February 2014)
DECC published a response to their December consultation on the ECO brokerage platform on 3 February 2014. The response confirms: `…the government will not make any changes to the brokerage platform at this stage and will continue to monitor its operation.` …

DECC’s consultation response on updates to the ECO Order 2012 (February 2014)
DECC published a response to their consultation on proposals to update the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Order 2012 on 3 February 2014. The response covers for example: `amendments…facilitating the transfer of “excess actions” between obligated …

GIB’s article ‘smarter cities, greener cities cost less to run’ (January 2014)
The Green Investment Bank (GIB) published an article on smart cities on 28 January 2014. Their article covers LED lighting: `In the not too distant future, LED streetlights coupled with remote sensors and intelligent software will allow street lighting …

DECC’s impact assessment on smart meter roll-out (January 2014)
DECC published their `final stage` impact assessment on smart meter roll-out on 31 January 2014. The assessment makes the case for government intervention: `Lack of accurate, timely information on energy use: a) may prevent customers from reducing consumption and …

DECC’s report on the RHPP heat pump metering programme (January 2014)
DECC published their first report containing data from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) heat pump metering programme on 31 January 2014. DECC highlights that `the RHPP is a learning policy. Accordingly, participants were required to declare …

BRAC’s annual and triennial reports (January 2014)
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) published their annual and triennial report on the advisory work they carried out in 2011 and 2012 on 30 January 2014. The report notes that the Committee was `..engaged in the consideration of the priority …

DECC’s Energy trends (published 30 January 2014)
DECC published the latest Energy Trends statistics on 30 January 2014. Example finding from section 6 on renewables: `In 2013 Q3, 170 MW of installed capacity joined the Feed in Tariff scheme, increasing the total to 2.1 GW, approximately 11 per cent …

DECC’s package of policy papers on smart meters (January 2014)
DECC published a suite of papers on 30 January 2014 relating to the implementation of smart meters. The publications cover the outcome of a number of consultations including on the Smart Energy Code, Smart Meter Communications Licences, and Standard …

ECO brokerage results (28 January 2014)
DECC published the latest ECO brokerage results on 29 January 2014. Brokerage operates as a fortnightly anonymous auction where providers of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) can sell ‘lots’ of ECO Carbon Saving Obligation, ECO Carbon Saving …

DECC’s information leaflet on smart metering for local authorities (January 2014)
DECC published a leaflet on smart metering on 29 January 2014. The information leaflet `provides an introduction to the smart metering implementation programme for local authorities and third sector organisations. It explains the importance of the smart …

DECC’s report on local authority funding competition in 2012/13 (January 2014)
DECC published a report of a small study of schemes funded under their Local Authority Funding Competition 2012/2013 on 27 January 2014. The study was commissioned to help DECC `get a better sense of what works in engaging DECC`s customers in some of …

Report on the community energy efficiency outreach programme (January 2014)
DECC published a process evaluation report on the Community Energy Efficiency Outreach programme on 27 January 2014. The Community Energy Efficiency Outreach Programme was funded by DECC in 2012 and carried out by Groundwork UK. The evaluation of the …

Report on the potential for community energy to 2020 (January 2014)
DECC published an independent report that assesses the potential of community energy generation on 27 January 2014. The research `seeks to generate a sense of the potential for growth within the community renewable electricity sector by 2020. The report …

DECC’s report on how heating controls affect domestic energy demand (January 2014)
DECC published a report on smart heating controls and links to energy demand on 28 January 2014. DECC set up the `programme of work to understand the potential for smarter heating controls to save energy…with the aim of synthesising existing research …

DECC’s reports on the household electricity survey (January 2014)
DECC published reports on the Household Electricity Survey on 28 January 2014. The survey report `presents the results of a survey of 251 households in England that was undertaken to monitor the electrical power demand and energy consumption over the …

UK housing energy fact file 2013 (published January 2014)
DECC published the UK energy fact file on 28 January 2014. The purpose of the fact file (produced annually) is to `gather together data on important trends related to domestic energy use, and in particular on the measures that have been taken to improve …

Energy follow-up survey results (published January 2014)
DECC published results of the 2011 Energy Follow-Up Survey  on 28 January 2014. The main aim of the survey was to `collect new data on domestic energy use, in order to update the current modelling assumptions about how energy is used in the home, and …

£10 million boost for SME energy innovation (January 2014)
The Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, announced on 28 January 2014 that ‘British entrepreneurs are set to benefit from a share of £10 million to help bring new and innovative energy efficient products to market.’ ‘Small and medium …

DECC’s report on the local energy assessment fund (January 2014)
DECC published an evaluation report on the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) on 27 January 2014. The Fund ran from December 2011 to March 2012. It received over 600 applications from community-led organisations of which 236 were successful and shared …

DECC’s community energy report (part 2) (January 2014)
DECC published a second report on community energy on 27 January 2014. The report forms the second part of a study of community energy in the UK, jointly commissioned by DECC and Consumer Futures. It was carried out by Databuild Research and Development, …

DECC’s community energy strategy (January 2014)
DECC published their `first ever` Community Energy Strategy on 27 January 2014. Edward Davey said: `While the UK’s community energy sector is relatively small today compared to Germany’s or Denmark’s, the evidence we have gathered for this Strategy …

Big Energy Saving Week (January 2014)
DECC announced the start of the Big Energy Saving Week on 27 January 2014. The Big Energy Saving Week will `run throughout the week [until 31 January] and will focus on raising awareness of energy and efficiency issues. Citizens Advice will be running …

Technical report on Green Deal assessments research (January 2014)
DECC published a report on 27 January 2014 providing more information on how recent research on Green Deal assessments was conducted. The report covers `Waves 1, 2 and 3 of the Green Deal assessments research and the Wave 1 telephone follow-up survey. …

£11m TSB funding for ‘localised energy solutions’ (announced 20 January 2014)
A new Technology Strategy Board (TSB) competition which `promises to help revolutionise the way energy is generated, distributed and stored` was announced on 20 January 2014 by Science and Universities Minister, David Willetts. The TSB confirms up to …

Report on consumer rights on energy data for smart meters (January 2014)
Consumer Futures published a report on consumer attitudes to privacy rules to be developed for the smart meters programme on 13 January 2014. The report highlights that: `Smart metering represents a significant change in the amount of information available …

DCLG’s mid-year report (January 2014)
DCLG published their mid-year report to Parliament on 23 January 2014. The mid-year report `sets out progress made against the department`s objectives for the first half of the financial year.` DCLG`s objectives include: `Ensuring continuous improvements …

DECC’s mid-year report (January 2014)
DECC published their mid-year report to Parliament on 23 January 2014. The report `provides an update on progress made against the coalition priorities in the first 6 months of the 2013 to 2014 financial year.` It includes, for example, indicators on …

Renewable heat statistics (up to December 2013)
DECC published the latest renewable heat statistics on 23 January 2014. ‘The monthly statistics for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme present the number of applications and accredited installations on the scheme so far…the statistics for …

DECC’s statement on Npower’s energy bill analysis (January 2014)
DECC published a statement on Npower`s energy bill analysis on 22 January 2014. DECC says `Government estimates that the impact of our social and environmental programmes will in fact lower energy bills compared to what they would be in the absence of …

Greg Barker’s speech on Green Deal 2.0 (January 2014)
Gregory Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, gave a speech on the Green Deal at the UK Green Building Council on 21 January 2014. The speech highlighted the importance of energy efficiency, provided an update on the scheme and covered `improvements` …

Green Deal ‘Hard to Reach Audiences’ report (January 2014)
DECC`s Green Deal Panel for Hard to Reach Households published a report on 21 January 2014. The Panel was formed to provide the Government with recommendations on the most effective communication and engagement routes for `hard to reach` households. …

Defra’s Sustainable Development Indicators (updated January 2014)
Defra published an update to their Sustainable Development Indicators on 17 January 2014. The report was originally published in July 2013. Energy Bytes will confirm with Defra which sections have been updated and post the outcome. The indicators cover …

ECO brokerage results (14 January 2013)
DECC published the latest results on ECO brokerage on 17 January 2014. Brokerage operates as a fortnightly anonymous auction where providers of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) can sell ‘lots’ of ECO Carbon Saving Obligation, ECO Carbon …

DCLG’s update on certification scheme applications (January 2014)
DCLG published an update on their certification scheme application process for electrical installations on 17 January 2014. DCLG states `The list of applicants who applied to join Third Party Part P (electrical installations in dwellings) Certification …

DECC’s progress report on renewable energy targets (January 2014)
DECC published their second progress report against the interim EU renewables energy target on 17 January 2014. The report includes `data on renewable energy generation and consumption broken down between renewable electricity, heat and transport sectors, …

DECC’s research on Green Deal Assessments (January 2014)
DECC published the full report on their Green Deal Assessment research on 16 January 2014. DECC `commissioned GfK NOP to conduct three surveys on samples of households who have had a Green Deal Assessment in order to find out more about the experience, …

DECC’s consultation on Green Deal consumer credit rules (closes 11 February 2014)
DECC published a consultation on the Green Deal`s consumer credit rules on 14 January 2014. The consultation closes on 11 February 2014 at 12.15am. The consultation `proposes to make a few specific amendments to the Consumer Credit (Information Requirements …

DECC’s consultation on the Energy Efficiency Directive provisions on gas and electricity billing (closes 24 February 2014)
DECC published a consultation on implementing the gas and electricity billing provisions in the Energy Efficiency Directive on 13 January 2014. The consultation closes on the 24 February at 12.00. The purpose of this consultation is to give `stakeholders …

Ofgem’s consultation on smart meters DCC charging statement (January 2014)
Ofgem issued a consultation on the proposed updated form of the Data and Communications Company`s (DCC) Charging Statement for services charged on 9 January 2014. The consultation closes on 5 February 2014. Click here to see the consultation letter …

DECC’s consultation on district heating and cooling (January 2014)
DECC issued a consultation on elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive on 10 January 2014. The consultation closes on 21 February 2014 at 11.45pm. The consultation document `seeks views on the government’s approach to the implementation of Articles …

Definition of ‘debtor’ in the Green Deal (January 2014)
DECC published an addendum to their response to the August 2013 consultation on the definition of “debtor” (for the purposes of the Green Deal) on 9 January 2014. DECC clarifies that `Since the Government response was published in August, further …

DECC’s report on ‘evidence needs’ (January 2014)
DECC published a report setting out their evidence needs for the next 3 to 5 years on 9 January 2014. The report sets out DECC`s `priority interests for developing evidence to underpin policy development and to learn from delivering polices. Developing …

DECC’s update to ‘Energy Trends’ on renewables (January 2014)
DECC published and update to `Energy trends section 6: renewables` on 9 January 2014. The analysis mainly covers large-scale renewables, but there is also information on FiTs relevant to the buildings sector. Example finding: `Renewable installations …

Ofgem’s consultation on ‘smart-type meters’ (closes 19 February 2014)
Ofgem published a consultation on `smart-type meters` and `advanced meter` data access and privacy requirements on 19 December 2013. The consultation closes on 19 February 2014. The document `sets out, for consultation, Ofgem’s proposals to introduce …

DECC Review (January 2014)
DECC published the latest DECC Review on 6 January 2014.

Example coverage: The Review showcases the Green Deal Pioneer Places scheme.

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DECC’s business plan indicators Q3 2013 to 2014 (published January 2014)
DECC published their Business Plan Quarterly Data Summaries on 3 January 2014. The summary provides the latest data on indicators included in Departmental Business Plans. Example indicator: `The total number of energy efficiency installations (cavity …

Local authority housing statistics returns (2012 to 2013)
DCLG published data from local authorities on housing in their area on 30 December 2013. The data set covers the period 2012 to 2013 and includes a section on energy efficiency (Section F). For example, local authorities provide the average EPC rating …

Ed Davey’s speech at UCL – ‘Securing Britain’s Energy Future’
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, gave the inaugural Annual International Energy Lecture at the UCL Energy Institute on 18 December 2013. Mr Davey stated that `Any plan to tackle energy prices must always place a premium on energy …

ECO brokerage results (17 December 2013)
DECC published the latest ECO brokerage results on 19 December 2013. `Brokerage operates as a fortnightly anonymous auction where providers of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) can sell ‘lots’ of ECO Carbon Saving Obligation, ECO Carbon Saving …

DECC leaflet on how the Green Deal and FiTs work together (December 2013)
DECC published a leaflet showing how the Green Deal and FiTs schemes work together on 19 December 2013. The leaflet demonstrates the cumulative savings a household could expect to make if they take out a Green Deal to part finance the installation of …

Renewable heat statistics (up to November 2013)
DECC published on 19 December 2013 the latest renewable heat statistics. `The monthly statistics for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme present the number of applications and accredited installations on the scheme so far…the statistics for …

Energy Trends special feature articles (December 2013)
DECC published a series of articles to accompany the December 2013 Energy Trends bulletin on 19 December 2013. The articles cover electricity generation and supply figures, proposed changes to DECC domestic energy bill estimates, small scale solar PV …

Energy trends (December 2013)
DECC published the latest edition of the quarterly Energy Trends bulletin on 19 December 2013. The bulletin contains statistics on all major aspects of energy in the UK, including statistics taken from the National Energy Efficiency Data Framework (NEED), …

Data on off gas households at local authority level (for 2012)
DECC published on 19 December 2013 estimates for the number of households without mains gas in 2012 at the local authority level. DECC says `Estimates for the number, and proportion, of households without mains gas are based on the difference between …

Data on off gas properties
DECC published on 19 December 2013 information on the types of properties and households without access to mains gas. The data in the spreadsheet provide estimates of the proportion of properties without a gas meter by property attributes and household …

Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics (December 2013)
DECC published on 19 December 2013 statistics on the Green Deal, ECO brokerage and on measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The release covers statistics on the Green Deal up to the end of November 2013 and the ECO up to the …

Green Deal and ECO statistics (up to September 2013)
DECC published statistics on the Green Deal and ECO on 19 December 2013. The release `includes further analysis and geographical breakdowns of published statistics on GD Assessments, Cashback and ECO measures, estimated carbon and energy savings from …

Smart Meters Summary Plan
DECC published the Smart Metering Summary Plan on 18 December 2013. The Plan is a short document setting out the key activities needed to implement smart meters. DECC says `Following the establishment of the DCC in September 2013, the period between …

Energy Act Policy Briefs updated
DECC updated the Energy Act Policy Briefs on 18 December 2013. The briefs cover the main measures in the Energy Act including electricity demand reduction, Feed-in Tariffs and a brief on fuel poverty. Click here to see the full set of policy briefs …

Progress report on smart meters
DECC published on 18 December 2013 the Government`s second annual progress report on the roll-out of smart meters. DECC says `the annual report provides an explanation of smart metering and its benefits. It describes the work that is being undertaken …

FPAG publishes its 2012/13 Annual Report
The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG) published its 11th Annual Report on 17 December 2013. The FPAG highlighted their concerns about rising fuel bills, amongst other concerns, noting that `according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s …

DECC response and consultation on Smart Energy Code (Stage 2)
DECC published on 16 December 2013 a response to aspects of its consultation on Stage 2 of the Smart Energy Code, plus a new consequential consultation. The consultation closes on 20 January 2014 at 11.45 pm. DECC says the `response and further consultation …

DECC consultation on new Smart Energy Code (Stage 3)
DECC launched a consultation on the Smart Energy Code (Stage 3) on 16 December 2013. The consultation closes on 14 February 2014 (at 11.45pm). The consultation `will help inform the content of Stage 3 of the Smart Energy Code, which governs the end-to-end …

DECC consultation on smart meters ‘Foundation Stage’
DECC launched a consultation today on the regulatory and governance arrangements which will operate during the `Foundation Stage` of the roll out of the smart meters programme. The consultation closes on 30 January 2014. The period before the start of …

Ofgem’s consultation on consumer empowerment and protection in ‘Smarter Markets’ (closes 14 February 2014)
Ofgem published a consultation on proposals for consumer protection  in `smarter markets` on 16 December 2013. The consultation closes on 14 February 2014. The proposal are intended to ‘Ensure that the regulatory arrangements facilitate the realisation …

Warm Home Discount response to consultation on flexibility for higher spending
DECC published on 16 December 2013 their response to the Warm Home Discount `flexibility` consultation. The response document confirms that ‘subject to the agreement of Parliament, the Scheme Regulations will be amended in order that suppliers can …

Report on usability testing of smarter heating controls
DECC published on 16 December 2013 a report on a study undertaken to gain ‘insight into the usability of smarter heating controls to understand their suitability for future trials.` DECC is `interested in whether smarter heating controls have the capacity …

Green Deal Assessments Follow Up Survey (Wave 1)
DECC published on 16 December 2013 a `summary report on initial findings from a follow up of households that took part in wave 1 of the Green Deal assessments research. This is households that had a Green Deal Assessment before the end of March 2013 and …

Green Deal Assessment Survey report (Wave 3)
DECC published on 16 December 2013 the headline findings from a further survey of households who have had a Green Deal Assessment. The survey aimed to find out more about the experiences of households and what they have done (and plan to do) since having …

Energy Efficiency Strategy 2013 Update
DECC published on 16 December 2013 the Energy Efficiency Strategy 2013 Update. The Energy Efficiency Strategy was originally published in November 2012. The update charts the ‘progress that the government has made on energy efficiency over the last …

CCC’s Fourth Carbon Budget Review (December 2013)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its Fourth Carbon Budget Review on 11 December 2013. The report `considers impacts from meeting the budget, concluding that these are small and manageable. The report also identifies broader benefits associated …

Analysis of customer data from phase one of the renewable heat premium payments (RHPP) scheme
DECC published today analysis of the RHPP1 scheme which ran from 1 August 2011 to 31 March 2012. ‘RHPP1 resulted in 4,959 renewable heat technology installations at 4,623 addresses of owner-occupiers, which provided: 3,958 post-installation questionnaires, …

Speech by Greg Barker at the PRASEG / STA Solar Britain event (December 2013)
Gregory Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, gave a speech at the PRASEG/STA Solar Britain event on the 12 December 2013. He spoke about the ‘fantastic progress’ the solar PV industry has made in recent years and acknowledged that more …

Have your say on the non-domestic RHI
DECC today launched a `LinkedIn discussion on ways to improve the non-domestic RHI scheme ahead of a review next year.` The deadline for comments is 20 December 2013. DECC is open to ideas, but sees the Review focusing on three themes (…and confirms …

CCC’s preliminary response to changes in energy efficiency policy (December 2013)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) issued a preliminary response on 2 December 2013 to the Government`s recent changes to energy efficiency policy. David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the CCC, said `Carbon budgets would remain achievable with this [ …

Ofgem consults on improving consumer protection
Ofgem published a consultation on 4 December 2013 on improving consumer protection in the green and renewable energy `offers` market. Ofgem states `Our aim is for a future in which consumers will be better able to make informed choices about the green …

Greg Barker speaks at the Ground Source Heat Pump Association
Greg Barker gave a speech at the Ground Source Heat Pump Association`s fourth technical seminar on 5th December 2013. He reiterated the Government`s commitment to `renewable heat and GSHP’s as part of the UK’s low carbon energy mix` and he committed …

The Treasury publishes the National Infrastructure Plan 2013
HM Treasury published its National Infrastructure Plan 2013 on 4 December 2013. A methodology note to accompany the Plan was also published on 31 March 2014. The plan notes that `Energy underpins the operation of a successful economy and allows other …

ECO brokerage results (3 December 2013)
DECC published the latest ECO `brokerage` results on 4 December 2013. `Brokerage operates as a fortnightly anonymous auction where providers of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) can sell ‘lots’ of ECO Carbon Saving Obligation, ECO Carbon Saving …

Updates to Energy Bill Policy Briefs
DECC published updates to its Energy Bill Policy Briefs on 4 December 2013. Energy Bytes will find out what the changes are and post the information. These briefs were subsequently updated on 18 December 2013. Click here to see the briefs Source: DECC, Energy …

Application and guidance for heat networks funding
DECC published on 4 December 2013 an application and guidance pack for local authorities to gain financial assistance from the Heat Networks Delivery Unit Funding Stream. The guidance provides background on `the establishment of the Heat Networks Delivery …

DECC announces responses to consultations on the RHI
DECC responded today on a number of consultations on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, announced responses to consultations on “Expanding the non-domestic scheme”, “Air to Water Heat Pumps …

DCLG’s circular to building control bodies on Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power)
DCLG published a circular on 3 December 2013 to bring new and amended Approved Documents and compliance guides to support Part L of the Building Regulations to the attention of building control bodies and other interested parties. The letter includes …

DECC announces significant changes to the ECO
DECC announced today significant changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The changes are part of a package of policies designed to help cut fuel bill costs for consumers. In their announcement DECC confirmed they will: Make `a range of changes …

Changes being introduced to simplify the Green Deal
DECC published today a list of actions being taken to `make the Green Deal more straightforward and less time-consuming for families who want to improve their homes and benefit from lower bills in future.` For example, the changes include `giving consumers …

Response to consultation on Smart Metering equipment testing
DECC published today the Government`s response to the consultation on Smart Metering equipment testing. The response document `contains the government’s position on how the Data Communications Company (DCC) will be responsible for testing that its …

Circular from DCLG on Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power)
DCLG published a circular on 15 November 2013 to inform the supply chain of changes to Approved Documents (see below). The circular was re-issued on 29 November 2013. Energy Bytes will confirm with DCLG whether there are any amendments to the content …

Carbon price for EU Emissions Trading Scheme
DECC published information today on the carbon price for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The paper states that `The Secretary of State therefore determines that the carbon price for the scheme year beginning on 1st January 2014 is £4.27.` …

Monthly summary of DECC’s announcements and initiatives
DECC published the latest `DECC Review` on 28 November 2013. The Review is a `summary of last month’s most important news from across the Department – joining up key announcements and initiatives, and showcasing how…objectives on growth, consumers …

Code for Sustainable Homes and energy performance of buildings latest statistics
The latest official statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes and average energy efficiency were released today. `Statistics relating to the Code for Sustainable Homes show the number of dwellings that have been certified to the standards set out …

DECC statistical releases (timetable for twelve months ahead)
DECC published today a timetable of statistical releases for the next twelve months. DECC say `The timetable will be updated at the beginning of every month or as and when new releases or revised publication dates are confirmed.` The statistics timetable …

Baroness Verma’s speech on the economics of future energy supply (November 2013)
Baroness Verma gave a speech on 27 November 2013 for the Foundation for Science and Technology, at the Royal Society. The speech covered the `economics of future energy supply options. `Baroness Verma spoke about how the Government`s `long-term vision …

Green Deal Guide: How to check if you’re dealing with a Green Deal authorised trader?
DECC published today a Green Deal Guide for consumers which explains how to check `whether someone claiming to be authorised under the Green Deal is genuinely authorised.` To view the guide please click here. Source: DECC, Green Deal guide: How can …

New reports on what local authorities are doing on energy efficiency
DECC published on the 27 November 2013 the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA) reports from 299 English local authorities setting out the `energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result …

Cabinet Office report on encouraging social action (November 2013)
The Cabinet Office published a on `encouraging social action` on 27 November 2013. A report was released by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, and explores trends in `social action`. It highlights an example of communities raising funds for solar …

Greg Barker updates industry on renewable heat policy
Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister, updated delegates at the Annual Heat Conference today on `progress made so far on delivering the heat programme and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)`. Barker also highlighted relevant announcements: …

Carbon Infrastructure Review highlights the need for carbon reductions through good design
Interesting context for the construction sector. The Treasury published the Infrastructure Carbon Review on the 25 November 2013. The Review sets out a series of actions for government, clients and suppliers to reduce carbon from the construction and …

New analysis from DECC on the impact on energy efficiency measures
DECC`s latest `NEED` report, published on 21 November 2013, “provides updated estimates of the impact of installing energy efficiency measures on a household’s gas consumption for measures installed in 2010. It covers the impact of installing individual …

DECC consults on releasing data on energy efficiency
The consultation, issued on 21 November 2013, invites views on proposals to publish certain “anonymised datasets containing data from the National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED).“ The consultation closes on 21 January 2014. NEED “matches …

Baroness Verma’s address to the Smart Metering Forum
Baroness Verma gave a speech to the Smart Metering Forum on 21 November 2013 which covered the Government`s ambitions for the Programme. Verma highlighted the progress made: “In December last year there were 260 smart meters installed in domestic properties, …

Ed Davey confirms announcements on “green levies” in December
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, gave a speech today on energy markets at Energy UK`s conference. He said the following on the review of `green levies`: `Cutting energy bills by scrapping outright social and green levies …

Fourth Carbon Budget Review (November 2013)
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published the first of two reports on the Fourth Carbon Budget Review on 7 November 2013. The report is an assessment of climate risk and the international response. The CCC will set out its final advice in a second …

Speech by Edward Davey covers ‘green levies’ (November 2013)
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, stated in a speech on 5 November 2013 at Renewable UK´s annual conference that ‘…the current review [of ´green levies’] is not about changing investment incentives for renewables, …

Update on the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap
DECC published he second Update on the Renewable Energy Roadmap covering achievements and changes that have taken place in the sector during 2013 on 5 November 2013. A separate detailed annex covering ‘specific actions’ can be found here. The next …

Survey on public attitudes to energy efficiency (November 2013)
DECC released the latest headline findings from their public attitudes survey on 5 November 2013. The summary covers attitudes on energy bills, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy security and nuclear energy. Example finding: “The proportion …