NEF Chief Executive wins environment awardGreen crap, King Coal and dash for gasMassive response to FIT reviewHalf of poor working families struggling with energy costs and more...
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Issue 425
Wednesday 25 November 2015
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NEF Chief Executive wins environment award
The National Energy Foundation Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, wins the Environment award at the inaugural Women Leaders MK Awards – in recognition of her leadership of the Foundation’s work improving the use of energy in buildings.
NEF at GreenBuild Expo
Our Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, presented at this year’s GreenBuild Expo in Manchester. An expert on energy in the social housing sector, Luke spoke on asset information management in low-energy retrofit.
Foundation’s Affordable Warmth team helps octogenarian
Our Strategic Development & Affordable Warmth Manager, Dale Hoyland, tells how our Affordable Warmth team rescued an ill 87-year-old mobile home resident after his boiler broke down, and made his life cosier in preparation for winter.
CoRE Retrofit Coordinator Course
The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence has developed a training programme to up-skill existing professionals to become Retrofit Coordinators. Courses are run regularly across the UK, and can even be delivered exclusively in-house for groups of 10 or more. Learners can complete the programme at their own pace – either taking a fast-track route or spreading units over several months to suit their schedule. This leads to successful participants being awarded a CoRE Diploma with a specialism in Retrofit Coordination. The course has been recognised and endorsed by RIBA as Advanced CPD. Check for dates and venues.
UK to miss renewable energy targets
A leaked letter from Amber Rudd admits that the UK is to miss its legally-binding EU targets on renewable energy, but there is some confusion over whether previous announcements have been about energy or electricity.
Green crap, King Coal and dash for gas
Amber Rudd announces the end of green energy “at all costs”, claiming that households face paying over the odds for years to come for expensive green policies in the past. In a later statement she announces that all UK coal-fired power stations will be phased out by 2025, and will be replaced by a new fleet of gas-powered stations in what some have described as the new “dash for gas”.
Green Deal and ECO annual report
DECC publishes the Green Deal and ECO Annual Report, which includes the notional lifetime bill savings from measures implemented under the schemes (p7).
Latest Green Deal and ECO statistics
DECC releases the latest monthly statistics on the Green Deal (to the end of October) and ECO (to the end of September). Following the Government’s abandoning of the scheme earlier this year, the Green Deal is slowly grinding to a halt.
Green Deal - from insomnia to extinction
Andrew Warren, one of the National Energy Foundation Trustees, charts the demise of the Green Deal.
Cuts at DECC
DECC is to lose 200 jobs from its total of 1,600, and take a 21% cut in its annual budget.
Scottish Government concerned about future of RHI
The Scottish Energy Minister expresses concern about businesses losing out because of the uncertainty whether or not the Renewable Heat Incentive will continue beyond March 2016. The lack of clarity has seen some schemes suffer delays in decisions about capital investment.
£100,000 for Scottish c-store energy efficiency
Scotland’s convenience store sector is to benefit from £100,000 of Scottish Government energy efficiency funding. Grants of up to £5,000 will enable independent retailers to buy equipment such as double-glazed refrigeration doors and LED lighting, helping them to reduce both energy costs and carbon emissions.
Massive response to FIT review
Andrea Leadsom  announces that DECC received nearly 55,000 responses to the Government’s recent feed-in tariff  consultation, including just over 2,600 of what the department calls “unique and detailed submissions”.
Taper FIT cuts more slowly
The Government’s proposed cuts to feed-in tariffs risk destroying the solar industry, and should be tapered more slowly, especially as they will only save an average family 12p per week – the equivalent of 0.4% of an average energy bill.
Optimism for fit-free solar
After all the doom and gloom in the face of the Government’s proposed cuts to feed-in tariffs, a more positive outlook for a fit-free solar industry, with the Netherlands providing a shining example of how the sector could prosper.
Boris against cut of community energy tax relief
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, calls on the Government to reconsider its plans to remove tax relief for investors in community energy projects.
Smart meter programme
In its fourth annual report on the smart meter roll-out programme, DECC reports that there are now 1.731 million smart meters in homes and non-domestic buildings.
The three Cs of smart meters
Lord Bourne addresses a Smart Energy GB event and talks about how smart meters will transform the energy industry through three Cs – control, convenience and catalyst.
Smart meters to change energy completely
Smart meters are not just about saving money on energy bills but they have the potential to completely change the face of the energy sector.
Smart meter partners needed
SmartEnergy GB is looking for a range of partner organisations to engage the nation with smart meters and increase awareness of the benefits they provide. In particular, SmartEnergy GB is interested in partners who can reach vulnerable, low-income and prepay customers.
Energy Efficiency Directive consultation
The EU opens consultation on a strengthened Energy Efficiency Directive, which is to be updated in the second half of 2016 to reflect the new 2030 energy efficiency target. Closing date: 29 Jan 2016.
Looking forward to 2130
On the basis of its present performance, Labour claims that the Government won't hit its target for improving energy efficiency in fuel poor households until 2130; in other words, 115 years!
Half of poor working families struggling with energy costs
A report on behalf of the Turn2us charity finds that 50% of low-income working households are struggling to afford to heat their homes (with 48% of these having done so for more than a year). The  knock-on effects include missing meals, stress and other mental health problems.
Campaign for Warm Homes
Age UK launches its Campaign for Warm Homes and calls on the Government to change its energy efficiency policy so that all older people can live in warm homes, and to avoid as many excess winter deaths as possible.
Poor pay much more on prepayment
Prepayment customers are paying an average of £226 more per year for their energy than those on the cheapest online deals.
Public Attitudes Tracking survey: Wave 15
DECC releases the latest Public Attitudes Tracking survey, which covers energy security, bills, switching, suppliers, renewables, shale gas, nuclear and both saving and wasting energy.
Fossil-fuelled power to stand by
Experts reckon that keeping old fossil-fuelled power stations on standby ‘just in case’ will add £27 to householders’ energy bills.
Hansford SWI report
‘Solid Wall Insulation: Unlocking Demand and Driving Up Standards’. Following his review of the solid wall insulation sector, Peter Hansford’s report to the Green Construction Board and the Government makes 10 key recommendations for improvement and stimulating uptake.
How to carry out responsible retrofit
The STBA publishes a guide to responsible retrofit of traditional buildings for anyone involved in a project aiming to reduce the energy use of a traditional building through technical interventions.
Award-winning retrofit
A £2.4 million award-winning energy efficiency retrofit for 96 Merseyside flats cuts emissions and lowers energy bills.
Central heating for Cornwall and Scilly homes
A £1.3 million DECC grant means hundreds of homes in Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly are to get central heating either installed or upgraded.
Social PV schemes under threat
Industry fears that the proposed Government cuts to feed-in tariffs will halt solar PV on up to 45,000 social homes; schemes that would have saved households up to £200 a year.
One-and-a-half year ROI for £600k LED retrofit
Canary Wharf Group invests £600,000 in a retrofit LED programme which saves £400,000 per annum and cuts lighting energy use by 65%.
Poo power potential
How biogas from human waste could be used to generate electricity to power millions of households worldwide.
New windmill launched
Britwind, a subsidiary of Ecotricity, launches a new, ground-breaking horizontal-axis windmill, which it predicts will transform the market and outsell its previous models.
Red councils to go green
More than 50 Labour-run councils pledge to eradicate carbon emissions and run on green energy by 2050.
Horizon 2020 Energy Calls for Proposals 2016
Horizon 2020 Energy, with a budget of around €6bn for 2014-2020, is the EU’s research and innovation grant funding programme for energy technology research, development, demonstration and removing market barriers. With a budget of €500m and covering a range of technology areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, smart grids and smart cities, the 2016 Calls for Proposals represent an opportunity for UK organisations to get involved in innovative energy efficiency technology projects and to develop collaborations for joint working and knowledge-sharing across the European Union.
Community energy campaign
Following “tax breaks halted, subsidies slashed, and red tape put in the way” The Co-operative Party campaigns to reverse the Government’s policies and save community-owned renewable energy.
How much energy does a home use?
How to estimate the amount of energy a home uses, taking into consideration all the influencing factors - physical, internal, occupancy.
How will we be using energy in homes of tomorrow?
It’s forecast that households will be more energy conscious and will use energy in very different ways in the future, by working together and using clean energy and better technology.
How to get the full benefit from ESOS
Mere compliance with ESOS is for losers: winners profit from it. How to use ESOS to save 73% off commercial energy bills.
EU funds performance gap project
The EU awards €6.4 million funding to the Built2Spec project, the aim of which is to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce the performance gap.
EEPLIANT is an EU project that’s helping to deliver the intended economic and environmental benefits of the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives, by increasing compliance. The project coordinates the monitoring, verification and enforcement activities across the EU Single Market.
EU Energy Union on track to deliver
The first EU Energy Union report summarises the progress made since the framework strategy was first implemented nine months ago, and identifies 2016 as a likely important year for delivery of the strategy.
Rush on PV before axe falls
Following the Government’s feed-in tariff consultation, the rush to install solar PV hots up ahead of when the proposed cuts are due to take place in January.
Latest LA Energy Index
The new 2015 Local Authority Energy Index now compares 103 councils across England on energy in their own buildings, local communities, housing and infrastructure.
Clean Energy Dash
In the face of Government cuts, the Clean Energy Dash from climate change charity 1010 is raising as much money as possible through donations and investments before the end of November in order to save community renewable energy projects.
London Business Energy Challenge winners
10 businesses win gold awards in the Business Energy Challenge competition, run to encourage London businesses to cut their energy usage.
Combi boiler energy savings questioned
A new study finds that combination boilers might not be producing as much in the way of in-use energy savings as previously expected.
Scottish hospital joins DH scheme
Caithness General Hospital connects to the wood-fuelled Wick District Heating Scheme, and looks to save cost, energy and carbon emissions.
Passivhaus can be achieved in old buildings
A look at how Passivhaus techniques and measures can cut energy bills by 95%, even in the UK's old, traditional brick-built houses in cities such as London.
Floating solar cuts energy costs
The United Utilities water company installs the largest floating array of solar panels in Europe to help reduce its energy costs and keep customer bills as low as possible.
Dyson court case loss prompts possibility of appeal
After losing its court battle to change EU energy labelling laws, vacuum cleaner manufacturer, Dyson, considers making an appeal.
Where California goes today, others will follow tomorrow?
California considers state-wide energy benchmarking and open access to building performance data for commercial buildings. Should the UK follow?
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Building Better Buildings. Hull. Tue 1 Dec
A Zero Carbon Hub half-day event organised in collaboration with leading industry partners. The event covers the Performance Gap and highlights the latest learning from a number of domestic and non-domestic Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) projects. It also includes speakers discussing cutting-edge research findings on building performance.
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