Energy policy stays stable post-BrexitGetting ready for HECACMA publishes energy industry reportNew carbon budget agreedBritish Gas free electricity offerExtra Energy under investigation and more...

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Wednesday 6 July 2016
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Sustainable Cities: Assessing the Performance and Practice of Urban Environments. New book now available at 30% DISCOUNT
With more than half the global population now living in urban areas, one of the key issues confronting us today is how we make our growing cities sustainable. A new hardback book Sustainable Cities offers valuable insights for addressing this vital challenge. It evaluates our urban environments and assesses the progress that is being made towards achieving cities that are sustainable.

Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, has written the chapter on energy use in buildings and the book is essential reading for academics and professionals in: urban planning; energy and environmental policy, practice and management; urban geography; climate change; and environmental science and technology.

Sustainable Cities is available to buy at a 30% discount using the promotional code CITIES30

Getting ready for HECA
Dale Hoyland, our Strategic Development & Affordable Warmth Manager, considers the next round of Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) reporting, the deadline for which is 31 March 2017. He looks at how the National Energy Foundation can help councils report on their actions from their last reports, set out their energy-saving ambitions and targets, and outline the key actions and partnerships needed to deliver them.

The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
The Retrofit Academy is the leading provider of training for businesses involved in the sustainable refurbishment of buildings, and provides Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses on the following subjects in various locations:
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit.
  • Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation.
  • Building Services for Retrofit.
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit.
  • Retrofit Building Physics.
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
  • The Business Case for Retrofit.
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit.
Brexit consequences for climate change
The decision to leave the EU will make it harder for the UK to tackle climate change, says Amber Rudd.

Energy policy stays stable post-Brexit
Energy Minister and Conservative Party leadership contender, Angela Leadsom, declares that the UK’s energy policy will not change as a result of the Brexit vote, and reconfirms a commitment to the 2008 Climate Change Act.

What lies ahead in a post-Brexit UK?
Leaders in the sector voice their opinions on what Brexit means for green business and environmental policies.

94 Brexit questions
Carbon Brief poses 94 questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the UK’s policies relating to climate change and energy in a post-Brexit world.

Energy experts "fearful" after UK votes to leave EU
Surveys show energy professionals expressing widespread “disappointment” and “fear” after the UK Brexit vote.

CMA publishes energy industry report
The long-awaited Competition and Markets Authority report into the energy industry is released. It proposes over 30 new measures, focusing on switching, a customer database, competition and pre-payment meters.

New carbon budget agreed
Green anxieties are eased as the Government agrees an ambitious fifth carbon budget which involves a commitment to reduce emissions by 57% by 2032 on 1990 levels.

2015 energy efficiency statistics
DECC releases 2015 statistics on ECO, Green Deal, Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and insulation levels.

Smart meter roll-out gathers pace
DECC reports that there are now over 3.6 million smart meters operating in homes and businesses across Great Britain, installed by both large and small energy suppliers.

Call to slow down on meter rollout
Citizens Advice Scotland calls for the Government’s rollout of smart meters to be delayed by five years, and highlights that there is room for more to be done to support vulnerable customers through and beyond the installation process.

Government support for CHP summarised
DECC releases a summary of Government policy support measures between 2003 and 2014 for combined heat and power installations that use renewable fuels.
Reaction to Ofgem’s Deemed Score consultation
Happy Energy looks at who’ll be the winners and losers as a result of the Ofgem consultation on Deemed Scores for ECO, while National Energy Services has some concerns and examines the possible impact.

Help to Heat
DECC opens consultation on ‘Help to Heat’, its proposals for ECO for 2017-18 and which focus on fuel poverty and aspects of the high-level design of a longer term supplier obligation between 2018 and 22. Closing date: Wednesday, 17 August.

Warm Home Discount scheme 2016/17 and beyond
DECC provides a summary of the responses that were received, which were broadly supportive and in-line with the proposals made in the consultation. The government response also outlines the changes which will be introduced to the scheme for 2016/17.
British Gas free electricity offer
British Gas offers free weekend electricity to smart meter customers but a closer look reveals that they might be better off shopping around for a better deal.

Extra Energy under investigation
Ofgem opens an investigation into whether Extra Energy broke the rules relating to billing, customer service and complaints handling.

We want energy efficiency but not the pain
Research firm Deloitte releases its annual survey of energy management among residential and business customers. It concludes that, although householders want energy efficiency, their intentions are not translating into action because of the expense and the hassle involved.

Third-party household energy management
In the US, third-party companies demonstrate how they can manage householders' energy to reduce their usage during peak demand times and therefore bring down bills.

Fuel poverty up
DECC releases the latest (2014) annual fuel poverty statistics, which show that an estimated 2.38 million (c.10.6%) of all English households are in fuel poverty - up 1.4% on the 2013 figures.

Switching up – but not really
DECC issues the latest quarterly energy switching figures – for both gas and electricity. Although the numbers are on the up, they are still well down on the figures for four to nine years ago.
Retrofit – what now?
A look at the retrofit market and what needs to happen going forward – learning from what went wrong with the Green Deal, a possible new role for local authorities, the suggestion to ditch Part L Building Regulations and taking lessons from other sectors.

Community action benefits local showers
Video: How Bovey Climate Action helped a community swimming pool install solar thermal to heat the water for its showers.
Move aside, LEDs
OLEDs are the next generation LEDs. They are made from thin films that can be moulded into flexible, transparent lighting panels, which means, for example, that lighting in the future could be printed straight onto a wall.
Predicting DER solutions to 2025
A survey of utility leaders predicts that solar photovoltaic (70%), energy efficiency (42%), demand response (40%) and energy storage (39%) will be the most widespread Distributed Energy Resources solutions by 2025.
Buildings should be at the core of a decarbonised energy system
A new report looks at how highly efficient buildings can act as micro energy hubs by producing, storing and supplying energy. By making the energy system more flexible, resilient and efficient, they can help to transform the EU energy market.

Building lessons from London in 21st Century
Slideshow: How to plan for greener, intelligent and more energy-efficient buildings, and how CHP is being used in the capital to reduce energy demand.

Social landlords save from energy efficiency
New research among social landlords who manage 500,000 homes links energy efficiency to financial savings, in particular highlighting cost savings from fewer rent arrears and voids.

Denmark leads on DH
How Denmark's municipalities lead the way on clean energy and district heating, with almost two-thirds of household connected.

How electric cars could store power and transfer it to the home
Car makers increasingly want to get into the energy storage business, with many working on home batteries that integrate electric vehicles into residential power systems. The vision is for homeowners to charge up batteries from solar panels during the day, and then charge up their cars at night. Equally, the transfer could also go the other way with car owners charging up their home batteries from their vehicles.

Plan A bears fruit for M&S
Total energy use in Marks and Spencer’s buildings across the UK and Ireland is down 39% against its 2006-7 figures, largely due to its commitment to Plan A.

Missing the performance mark with schools
Why the construction industry struggles with delivering schools that operate well and fail on energy performance.

Schoolhaus - the UK's most energy efficient school building
Schoolhaus buildings consume very little energy, require very little maintenance and they all have A+ EPC ratings. The focus on energy performance is achieved by ‘designing in’ a range of technologies: mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, solar photovoltaic roof, LED lighting, sensor activated energy management system, airtight construction and a super-insulated envelope.

Nestle to half run on wind
Half of the energy needed in the UK and Ireland by food giant Nestle is set to come from wind.

Saint-Gobain uses Demand Response to cut energy use
How its Demand Response plan is helping Saint-Gobain avoid 'Triad Charges', resulting in big reductions in energy use.

Ferrybridge WTE plant given green light
A proposed waste to energy plant at Ferrybridge is to go ahead and will generate enough electricity for around 170,000 homes.

Newspaper group scoops demand response benefits
A Scottish newspaper group benefits financially by making its back-up generators available during peak times of demand as part of National Grid’s Demand Response programme.

Sky-high PV in London
London's newly-developed South Bank Tower is to be part-powered by solar energy.

Soft landing for Blavatnik building
The striking new Blavatnik School of Government building at the University of Oxford uses innovative ventilation, ground source energy and solar panels, and meets the university’s commitment to ‘soft landings’.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Solar PV Summit 2016. London. Tue 19 July
Despite recent changes to the Feed-in Tariff, solar PV for commercial buildings continues to offer owners and investors a way to reduce operating costs and improve the value of a building. The Solar PV Summit will review the current policy landscape, ‘post-subsidy’ funding and PV from a valuer’s and lawyer’s perspectives. It will give examples of successful PV installations in a wide variety of sectors, as well as advice on getting the best out of solar assets. It will also examine energy storage, solar car ports and building integrated PV.

Zero Carbon Buildings Annual Conference. Birmingham. Thu 8 – Fri 9 Sep
Zero carbon building projects are becoming less of an exception and more of a norm. This international conference and exhibition provides a forum for exchange of knowledge, and for establishing collaboration networks and partnerships in this rapidly developing field.

National Housing Federation Development, Asset Management and Maintenance Conference and Exhibition 2016. Birmingham. 21-22 September
The aim of this conference is to help social housing providers accelerate housing delivery and manage their homes and services to ensure they meet the needs of their tenants and the housing regulator. The conference outlines how associations can develop and integrate new build and asset programmes to deliver great homes and strong and resilient communities. It also provides delegates with up-to-the-minute sessions on current asset management policy development and practical sessions about practice on the ground. It focuses on how asset management can help to deliver sustainable homes and communities, and how to maximise affordable housing delivery in an era of ‘Starter Homes’.
This is an annual event that has a strong audience of asset managers and development practitioners. It also has the added benefit of being part of the first Housing Week, which consists of four huge events:
  • Annual Conference and Exhibition.
  • Young Leaders’ Experience.
  • Health and Housing and Development.
  • Asset Management and Maintenance Conference.
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