Where can I find views and analysis on how to increase the uptake of home energy efficiency meausres (August 2016)

Bright BBright 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 energy so that important targets for reducing carbon emissions are achieved. The report considers how the Government sought to incentivise home energy improvements by creating the Green Deal in 2013, but with the closure of that scheme, finds there is now a policy vacuum.

The report examines the current market in energy efficiency measures and decentralised renewable technologies, the possible reasons for the Green Deal’s failure, and concludes with a series of recommendations for stimulating the market, including a new home energy improvement scheme in the “able to pay sector”.

See the full report at Better Homes – Incentivising Home Energy Improvements

Where can I find analysis on the potential for improved energy efficiency to displace the need for additional nuclear power? (August 2016)

Hink3The 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 by increasing wind power capacity, providing additional interconnector capacity, and improving energy efficiency and our demand side response. The authors find that “At the bare minimum, two-fifths of Hinkley’s annual 25.2 TWh output of electricity could be replaced by improving energy efficiency above business-as-usual.”

See the full report and methodology at Hinkley: What If? Can the UK solve its energy trilemma without Hinkley Point C?

Where can I find out how EU residential sector energy consumption levels have changed since 2000? (August 2016)

EU trendsThe 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 household products.

The information is covered in Chapter 4. For example, on page 43 the authors state that “during the period 2000-2014, the final residential energy consumption in the EU-
28 has dropped by -9.5%, from 291 Mtoe to 263 Mtoe [Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent].”

See the full report at Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency Trends in the EU-28 2000-2014

Where can I find a summary of the main EU requirements driving building energy effciency? (August 2016)

EU trendsThe 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 and covers the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (recast in 2010), amongst others.

See the full report at Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency Trends in the EU-28 2000-2014

Where can I find information on how well measures were installed under the Energy Company Obligation? (July 2016)

OfgemOfgem 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 regime under ECO that requires obligated suppliers to commission on-site inspections of at least 5% of measures installed in a quarter, conducted by an independent party.

The report finds, for example, that “429 of the 6,878 measures monitored failed to comply with a standard of installation of the measure (~6%).” This is a similar level to quarter two.

See the full report at ECO2 monitoring report