Proposal to launch a refurbishment industry ‘hub’, Warm Home Discount extended, RHI finance options, Call to spend billions,Energy companies cut gas prices, The 5th fuel and more...



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Issue 404 – Wednesday 4 February 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

Duke of Edinburgh Energy Envoys
Our fuel poverty fighters scoop national award
Consultation: proposal to launch a refurbishment industry ‘hub’
Ecobuild 2015
VACANCY - Video/Photography Volunteer
Building energy management for non-domestic retrofit - the ASSEMBLE project


Policy

Warm Home Discount
£100,000 up for grabs
Smart meter benefits
More smart meter benefits
Smart metering transformation
Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics
1 million mark reached
Progress on energy efficiency
Updated methodology
The people at the ministry


Consultations

RHI finance options


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Call to spend billions
Who’s affected by fuel poverty?
Show Some Warmth
Energy companies cut gas prices
Delays in price cuts cost customers
Win, win for the energy companies?
“Energy fat cats”
Fixed deals best option
Big Six in the relegation zone
What price green levies?
Help to cut out the cold
Collective switching back in Merseyside


Industry

The 5th fuel
Get the boss on board
Sub-metering and automatic meter reading
Labour policy reaffirmed
Labour frozen out
Energy in UK is changing
Community energy set back
Cities looking to district heating
Five steps to successful community heating
Solar up nearly 50%
Solar – park it for the time-being
Solar storage potential
London bottom of the solar league
Money to green Scotland
Latest Supply Market Indicator
New sustainability standard
New standards
Green organisations urge MPs to back zero-carbon homes
Is BREEAM Outstanding really worth it?
Bristol Energy
Throwing light on eco
Prefab EWI
Biomass plant going ahead
Housing association moves to Passivhaus
LED benefits retail
London NHS energy savings
Unsustainable wood fuel


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

Preparing your organisation for ESOS. London. Thursday 26 February
How can demand response benefit your business and cut costs?  Web clinic. Thursday 26 February
ESOS for senior managers. London. Wednesday 4 March


National Energy Foundation

Duke of Edinburgh Energy Envoys
We're moving forward with our exciting idea for setting up a network of Duke of Edinburgh Energy Envoys, and we're now looking for potential sponsors/funders to get this project off the ground. The project seems to be really catching the interest of sponsors. The theme – educating and empowering some of the most motivated young people during their involvement on a well-recognised programme – is something which many feel they can get behind. Ideally, we'd like 9-10 co-sponsors to provide £10,000 each for each of the first three years alongside funding already allocated by our Trustees. Our team has been busy raising awareness and following up with potential funders, and we’ve already confirmed a number of sponsors, which is a good start. If we can secure financial support soon, we plan to launch the Energy Envoy programme in time for the 2015/16 school year.
http://www.nef.org.uk/our-10-big-ideas/
 
Our fuel poverty fighters scoop national award
We’re celebrating after our project 'Prescribing Efficiency: Supporting Residents towards Healthy Housing' received a national Community Action Award. The awards, which are run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas, recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households. Our award of £1,500 has helped to deliver the Better Housing Better Health project in Oxfordshire which improves the properties of patients identified by the health service as being at high risk of suffering adverse effects which could be exacerbated by immediate, cold living conditions.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/press-releases/NEF-fuel-poverty-fighters-scoop-national-award
 
Consultation: proposal to launch a refurbishment industry 'hub'
The National Energy Foundation and close partners (including CoRE and the BRE) have recently proposed the need to create a single, authoritative and essential ‘hub’ for the energy efficiency refurbishment sector - similar in some ways to the Zero Carbon Hub for sustainable new-build. After carrying out detailed consultation with stakeholders from across the sector and discussing the proposal with government officials, plans are now accelerating for co-creating such a hub. Participate in this survey to help inform the development of the hub (closing date Friday 6 February): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7BGGPB9
 
Ecobuild 2015
Both our Chief Executive and Technical Director will be speaking at EcoBuild this year. On Tuesday, 3 March, Kerry Mashford will chair a session in the Building Performance Theatre and then make a presentation entitled “The programme overview and the overarching challenge” with Matt Colmer of Innovate UK on the Building Performance Programme. Later that same day, Kerry will chair the “Marketing and consumer engagement strategies for refurbishment” session in the Refurb and Retrofit Theatre. She will also give a presentation on “Identifying target markets, understanding motivations and tailoring effective marketing messages – lessons from the field”.
On Wednesday, 4 March, Malcolm Hanna will be one of the speakers in the “Successful energy management strategies” session in the Building Performance Theatre. His presentation will be entitled “The role of DECs and ESOS and other regulation in identifying energy saving opportunities”.
http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Visitor/VisitorID=3161
http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/Content/Refurb-and-Retrofit
http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/Content/Building-Performance
 
VACANCY - Video/Photography Volunteer
We’re looking for a creative volunteer with experience of video and photography production. The role includes conducting media shoots, editing media and the production of new photographs and videos, which more accurately represent the kind of work we do and which can bring to life our new citizen engagement website. The post also involves some administration and the better organisation of the photographs we already have.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/join-us/
 
Building energy management for non-domestic retrofit - the ASSEMBLE project
Building on our extensive involvement in the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation programme, our Technical team is currently playing an important role in the ASSEMBLE project, a collaborative research and development venture funded by industry and an Innovate UK ‘Future Energy Management’ grant. The aim of ASSEMBLE is to develop a low-cost, easy-to-install energy management system for small to medium sized non-domestic premises. The system utilises the latest innovation in power line carrier technology to produce a low-disruption ‘plug and play’ installation. Additional features being developed include a simple and intuitive user interface and a modular adaptive architecture that allows system functions and control features to be easily added, upgraded or taken away. An update on the ASSEMBLE project will be presented by Mike Sharratt, Project Manager, at EcoBuild 2015 in early March.
http://www.assembleproject.co.uk/
 


Policy

Warm Home Discount
Following its consultation on the Warm Home Discount scheme, the Government is to extend the programme for another year.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/warm-home-discount-extension-to-201516

£100,000 up for grabs
DECC makes £100,000 available for community groups to develop energy-saving ideas that could help cut energy bills.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/win-a-share-of-100k-and-cut-your-energy-bills

Smart meter benefits
The smart meter roll-out will facilitate the creation of the "connected home" for every-day consumers.
http://www.energy-uk.org.uk/press-releases/energy-uk-blogs/4998-smart-connected-homes.html

More smart meter benefits
A DECC report looks at the possible new products and services that will be available to non-domestic customers by 2020 resulting from the smart meter roll-out.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-metering-enabled-innovation-in-energy-management-in-the-non-domestic-sector

Smart metering transformation
DECC publishes a leaflet on how smart meter data will transform the market for energy services and how people will access the data.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-meters-smart-data-smart-growth

Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics
DECC releases the latest figures for the Green Deal (to the end December) and ECO (to the end of November). See page 5 for a summary.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/396963/Monthly_Statistical_Release_-_Green_Deal_and_ECO_in_GB_Jan_2015_Final.pdf

1 million mark reached
DECC trumpets the fact that 1 million households had benefited from Green Deal and ECO energy efficiency measures by the end of November, four months ahead of its target.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-schemes-make-winter-warmer-for-one-million-homes

Progress on energy efficiency
DECC report sets out a range of efficiency indicators that monitor progress made by the UK to improve energy efficiency, and quantifies some of the key benefits delivered through energy savings. Section relating to buildings: pages 17 – 21.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-efficiency-statistical-summary-2015

Updated methodology
DECC publishes an updated methodology note on the domestic Green Deal and ECO statistics.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/domestic-green-deal-and-eco-statistics-methodology-note

The people at the ministry
Put a name to a face with DECC’s updated corporate organogram – names, titles and responsibilities.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/decc-corporate-organogram


Consultations

RHI finance options
DECC opens its consultation on the introduction of more flexible finance options into the domestic and non-domestic RHI scheme. Consultation closes on Friday 13 March.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/rhi-introducing-third-party-ownership-models-call-for-evidence


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Call to spend billions
At the beginning of Cold Homes Week, 80 organisations call on the next Government to spend billions of pounds on home energy efficiency to end fuel poverty.
http://linkis.com/www.telegraph.co.uk/2qmMq

Who’s affected by fuel poverty?
The Policy Exchange report ‘Warmer Homes: Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK’ suggests that fuel poverty affects a range of people from those in low income working households to pensioners.
http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/publications/category/item/warmer-homes-improving-fuel-poverty
-and-energy-efficiency-policy-in-the-uk
 

Show Some Warmth
A recent report from ACE and The Children’s Society investigates the problem of energy debt for families.
http://www.ukace.org/2015/01/exposing-the-damaging-impact-of-energy-debt-on-children/ 

Energy companies cut gas prices
The latest energy company to cut its prices is Good Energy. The price of gas is reduced by 3.2% and electricity by 2.1% as of 15 April. This will save dual fuel users £33 per year. Ovo announces the biggest gas price reduction so far. The 10.4% cut takes effect from 1 March and will save dual fuel standard variable customers around £65 a year. This follows SSE’s 4.1% cut in the price of gas. This reduced charge takes effect on April 30 and will save SSE customers £28 per year on a typical bill. Npower became the fourth major energy company to cut its gas prices. A 5.1% reduction takes effect from 16 February with 1.3 million customers benefiting by an average of £35 per year. Earlier, Ecotricity had cut its prices by 6.1% saving all its customers an average of £42 per annum.
Good Energy: http://www.goodenergy.co.uk/blog/articles/2015/02/02/we-re-cutting-our-gas-prices-and-our-electricity-too
Ovo: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2929721/Challenger-supplier-Ovo-Energy-slashes-gas-bills-10-4.html
SSE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11368969/SSE-blames-price-freeze-as-it-delays-tariff-cut-for-three-months.html
Ecotricity: http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/news/news-archive/2015/ecotricity-to-cut-gas-bills-by-6.1

Delays in price cuts cost customers
Research by Which? claims that the energy companies could have cut their prices further and sooner. As a result, the delays cost households on standard tariffs, £145 each.
https://press.which.co.uk/whichpressreleases/lack-of-competition-in-energy-market-costs-consumers-2-9bn/

Win, win for the energy companies?
The energy companies’ profits are predicted to increase to £114 per household in the next 12 months, despite the price of wholesale energy having fallen sharply recently.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/11376687/Energy-company-profits-rise-to-114-per-household.html

“Energy fat cats”
A swipe at the fact that the profits of the "Energy fat cats" are up - on the back of failing to pass on savings from the slump in gas costs.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/energy-fatcats-profits-up-1000-5068592

Fixed deals best option
New research by Ofgem shows that most consumers would be better off by up to £250 a year on a fixed deal.
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/energy-customers-who-don%E2%80%99t-fix-
could-be-paying-%C2%A3250-more-needed?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pr-baes-23-01-15


Big Six in the relegation zone
The latest Which? energy company satisfaction survey puts the Big Six at the bottom of the league table.
http://www.which.co.uk/campaigns/broken-energy-market/2015-01-22-big-six-still-failing-energy-customers/

What price green levies?
Green levies add £112 to average energy bills but where does the money go? A breakdown of the costs.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11362064/Green-levies-add-112-to
-energy-bills-where-does-the-money-go.html


Help to cut out the cold
Information and free tools to assess benefits and cut out the cold, from Turn2Us.
http://www.turn2us.org.uk/cut_out_the_cold.aspx

Collective switching back in Merseyside
The latest round of a collective switching scheme is launched in Merseyside. Previously, thousands of local people saved a total of £424,000 a year on their energy bills, with an average saving of £212.
http://www.lcrenergyswitch.co.uk/


Industry

The 5th fuel
Why energy efficiency (the fifth fuel) is coming to the fore – helped by advancing technology, better and more accessible data, a more favourable legislative environment, new financing and the growing cost of fossil fuels.
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/stories/why-energy-efficiency-is-the-fifth-fuel

Get the boss on board
Tips to help make a business case and get senior executives to understand the value of energy efficiency in the commercial sector.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/make-business-case
-energy-efficiency-at-your-commercial-property/


Sub-metering and automatic meter reading
10 reasons why businesses need sub-metering and automatic meter reading. Tips and advice on why you should embrace them and some of the things to avoid. 
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/10-reasons-why-you-need
-sub-metering-and-automatic-meter-reading-and-some-pitfalls-avoid/


Labour policy reaffirmed
The Labour Party reiterates its commitment to making significant changes in the energy market: freezing energy prices until 2017 so that bills can fall but not rise, reforming the energy market to make it more competitive and transparent, and giving the regulator the power to force energy companies to cut their prices when wholesale costs fall.
http://press.labour.org.uk/post/109924311979/comment-on-analysis-from-which-on-energy

Labour frozen out
Labour's ‘Energy Freeze’ is dead and the party faces going into the election with nothing else to offer, says Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ed-miliband/11354117/Labours-energy-freeze-is-dead-and
-Ed-has-nothing-else-to-offer.html?utm_content=buffer95170&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


Energy in UK is changing
In the UK’s centralised energy system, the energy user, by and large, is a passive recipient. The producer has no relationship with the user, and the user has little control over their energy. But the system is changing and the change is driven by users wanting to take greater control of their energy, principally to manage their costs.
http://www.theade.co.uk/better-energy-blog--the-hidden-billions-saved-by-demand-side-energy-_2860.html

Community energy set back
With its attack on community energy and by changing the rules, this Government has sabotaged the promise of a UK community energy revolution and has secured the dominance of the energy companies with the Big Six winning out over the ‘big society’.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2015/jan/23/community-energy-companies-big-six-big-society

Cities looking to district heating
50% of the energy used by cities is for heating and cooling. Many cities are increasingly turning to modern district energy as a low carbon solution where efficiency gains are ‘seriously impressive’. 
http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/claretaylor/1035601/heat-planning-district-energy?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=hootsuite_tweets

Five steps to successful community heating
When considering any major new housing project or the refurbishment of existing buildings, community energy offers a number of benefits such as reducing energy costs, lowering carbon emissions, and cutting housing and other public project costs. Any organisation considering a community heating system will benefit from these five useful steps for getting a project off the ground.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/five-steps-creating-successful-community-heating-project/

Solar up nearly 50%
Solar power in the UK almost doubled in 2014. 650,000 arrays were installed on a wide range of buildings including homes, offices, schools, churches, warehouses, farms, police stations, train stations and even a bridge.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/29/solar-power-in-the-uk-almost-doubled-in-2014

Solar – park it for the time-being
Solar car parks might seem to be an energy no-brainer but the high cost is the main barrier to up uptake.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/28/the-best-idea-in-a-long-time-
covering-parking-lots-with-solar-panels/?postshare=5471422538540858


Solar storage potential
Greg Barker (video) and Amber Rudd talk on the potential of solar - across both the domestic and commercial rooftop markets - especially when used with storage and the future potential for families to use small-scale energy storage systems to get the most from their solar panels.
http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/barker_talks_up_solar_pv_and_storage?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly-feeds&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news-rss-feed
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/energy-storage-innovation-showcase

London bottom of the solar league
The reasons why London has the lowest installed solar power capacity of all the English regions.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/26/why-london-is-rubbish-at-solar

Money to green Scotland
£2.86 million Climate Change Fund money is made available to Scottish local communities for projects that act on climate change, reduce energy and move communities to low-carbon living.
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Climate-Challenge-Fund-14dd.aspx 

Latest Supply Market Indicator
Ofgem’s latest Supply Market Indicator takes a forward look at cost trends in the domestic energy market over the next 12 months. It looks at the average annual household bill and estimates the annual cost per customer faced by a typical large supplier to deliver gas and electricity.
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/supply-market-indicator-january-2015

New sustainability standard
In the wake of the recent Government review of housing standards, BRE is developing a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes that will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace by recognising performance beyond minimum regulation and provide increased quality and choice for the consumer.
http://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=847

New standards
ISO releases new energy management system standards - 50004, 50006, 50015 – all designed to help organisations of all kinds improve their energy performance.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/new-energy-management-
system-standards-released-by-iso_2/


Green organisations urge MPs to back zero-carbon homes
The Solar Trade Association, WWF and the Renewable Energy Association, with support from Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, release a joint statement urging MPs to back amendments to the Infrastructure Bill to restore the Government's Zero Carbon Homes standards to levels recommended by their own advisers. They claim that reducing carbon emissions from newly built homes is much easier, and cheaper, than retrofitting at a later date.
http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/41229/uk-clean-energy-agencies-urging-mps-to-back-zero-carbon-homes/#.VMifoOXACSI.twitter 

Is BREEAM Outstanding really worth it?
Using standards/schemes such as BREEAM can help overcome the ‘performance gap’ by incentivising robust commissioning to ensure both optimum operation of services and a soft landing, which ensures users understand controls and systems. 
http://www.bam.co.uk/media-centre/blog-details/bamblog/2014/12/12/Is-BREEAM-Outstanding-worth-it

Bristol Energy
Bristol City Council considers setting up a municipal energy company committed to competitive, fair and simple energy tariffs with any profits reinvested back into local communities.
https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/news/municipal-energy-company-planned-bristol/

Throwing light on eco
Protesters claim that some ‘eco’ bulbs that only last weeks are being 'greenwashed' in an effort to deceive the public. However, the makers insist that the word eco stands for economy.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2924258/Eco-bulbs-aren-t-green-weeks-maker-insists-eco-stands-economy.html

Prefab EWI
External wall insulation is fitted at 49 housing association prefabricated houses built in the 1950s in Northumberland.
http://www.sustainablehomes.co.uk/blog/bid/207845/What-retrofit-means-better-lives?utm_campaign=SHIFT%20conference%20health%20and%20housing&utm_content=11555454&utm_medium
=social&utm_source=twitter


Biomass plant going ahead
Construction is about to start on a new biomass power station in Norfolk, which will generate enough electricity to power 82,000 local homes.
http://buildingspecifier.com/building-news/235-construction-imminent-on-biomass-power-station?utm_content=buffer32d94&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Housing association moves to Passivhaus
An update on the construction of a housing association Passivhaus scheme at Hatfield Heath in Essex.
http://www.habmonline.co.uk/features/technical/thepassivhausproject2#.VMdwmf6sUlT

LED benefits retail
How LEDs are helping managers take control of energy costs in the competitive retail sector where lighting accounts for 25% of the average organisation's electricity costs.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/how-energy-managers-can-take-control-retail-store-lighting-costs/

London NHS energy savings
Energy performance contracting is saving a London NHS Trust millions of pounds on its annual energy bills.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/why-energy-performance-contracting-has-been-transformational-guys-and-st-thomas-nhs-foundation-trust/

Unsustainable wood fuel
An assessment of pan-tropical wood fuel supply and demand calculates the degree to which wood fuel demand exceeds regrowth, and estimates wood fuel-related greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2009. As a result, it’s estimated that 27–34% of the wood fuel harvested was unsustainable – but there were large geographic variations. 
http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2491.html?utm_content=buffere44be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


Jobs

Jobs across the UK
Various energy, environment and Green Deal-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Acre: http://acre.com/environment-jobs
Carbon Action Network: http://www.can.uk.net/jobs.php
CIBSE: http://jobs.cibsejournal.com/
Ends Job Search: http://www.endsjobsearch.co.uk/
Energy Institute: https://www.energyinst.org/education/job-search-recruitment/Latest-industry-vacancies
Environment Job: http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/
Environment Jobs: http://www.environmentjobs.co.uk/joblist_all.cfm
Hays: http://www.hays.co.uk/index.htm
IEMA: http://jobs.environmentalistonline.com/
National Energy Services: http://www.nesltd.co.uk/jobs
Reed: http://www.reed.co.uk/
The Guardian: http://jobs.theguardian.com/
Total: http://www.totaljobs.com/
Utility Week: http://www.utility-jobs.net/


Events

Preparing your organisation for ESOS. London. Thursday 26 February
A one-day Energy Institute training course for energy managers, facilities managers and other staff responsible for overseeing ESOS compliance within their organisation. The training will cover calculating your organisation's energy consumption, identifying areas for audit and ensuring your organisation is compliant with all ESOS regulations.
https://www.energyinst.org/events/view/4403
 
How can demand response benefit your business and cut costs?  Web clinic. Thursday 26 February. 3pm
Demand response can transform how we use and deliver energy and accelerate our transition to a zero carbon economy. The clinic will guide you through the market and explain how energy users can benefit without any disruption to their business. Experience of implementing a demand response strategy will be shared and your questions will be answered.
- What are the different types of demand response?
- How do I know if my equipment / processes are suitable?
- What is the revenue potential?
- How does demand response support your company's wider sustainability goals?
http://info.2degreesnetwork.com/demand-response-web-clinic
 
ESOS for senior managers. London. Wednesday 4 March
A half-day Energy Institute training course for senior managers signing off ESOS on behalf of their organisation. Training will cover ESOS timetable and regulations, understanding energy management audits and your role as a 'responsible officer'.
https://www.energyinst.org/events/view/4404

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