ESOS complianceNew ECO on its wayEnergy efficiency in the Spending ReviewRecord high excess winter deaths and more...
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Issue 426
Wednesday 8 Dec 2015
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Season’s greetings from the National Energy Foundation
The Trustees and staff at the Foundation wish everyone a warm and merry Christmas, and a happy and fulfilling New Year. NEF will be open over the festive period, except for public holidays, and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

New staff for NEF
We are delighted to welcome Chloe Lloyd and Richard Vale who recently joined the Foundation as Households and Communities Project Officers. Chloe and Richard will be working on our Affordable Warmth and Better Health Better Housing projects and we wish them well in their new roles.

Using good quality data to target household energy efficiency
Our Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, looks at how the development of a county-wide housing stock database for Suffolk County Council helped the council use well-honed data to target domestic energy efficiency programmes and campaigns.

VACANCY - Volunteer Project Officer (Energy Envoys)
The role involves supporting the promotion and roll-out of our Energy Envoys volunteering opportunity, which is offered to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants to complete the Bronze, Silver or Gold volunteering section of their Award. The Volunteer Project Officer will build relationships with schools and centres, raising awareness of the scheme using social media and blogs, and develop opportunities for professionals in the energy efficiency and built environment sectors to mentor Energy Envoys during their volunteering.
ESOS compliance
A flurry of last minute submissions boosts ESOS compliance to 65% of affected businesses on the deadline date, says the Environment Agency, with an extension to 29 January for any outstanding.
New ECO on its way
In his Spending Review, the Chancellor announces that a replacement ECO scheme will be introduced as of April 2017. The new scheme will be a cheaper five-year supplier obligation targeting around 200,000 homes per year.
Funding for heat networks
As part of the Spending Review, the Government announces £300 million to support 200 heat networks across the country.
RHI cut
Also in the Government’s recent Spending Review, the Chancellor announces a £700 million cut to the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Energy efficiency in the Spending Review
A run-down on what the Chancellor actually did to the UK’s energy efficiency scheme in the recent Spending Review.
Winter mortality up, energy efficiency down
On the same day that the Government announces a cut in its energy efficiency programme, an increase in the number of excess winter deaths is reported.

Legal action on HMT removal of community energy tax relief
Community Energy England criticises HM Treasury for failing to respond to its letter about the Government’s controversial cuts to tax relief on community energy schemes.

ECCC takes evidence
The Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee takes evidence on home energy efficiency and demand reduction on Tuesday 8 December.
Consultation on electricity storage, demand and supply
The new National Infrastructure Committee calls for evidence on electricity interconnection and storage, as well as improving how electricity demand and supply are balanced. Closing date: Friday 8 January 2016.
Record high excess winter deaths
The Government announces an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths in 2014/15. This is the highest figure since 1999/00 and is two-and-a-half times higher than the record low of 17,460 in 2013/14.
Campaign for Warm Homes
As part of its Campaign for Warm Homes, Age UK demands that the Government ‘must do more to help vulnerable households this winter’.
Public more satisfied with energy companies
According to the 10th annual uSwitch survey of 5,100 consumers, the UK public is increasingly satisfied with its energy suppliers.
Overheating homes costs householders dear
Also according to uSwitch, around 11 million Brits will overheat their homes this winter, adding at least £1.4 billion to domestic energy bills.
Poor energy ratings affect offers on houses for sale
Research shows that 59% of prospective homebuyers would reduce their offer if the house they were thinking of buying had a poor energy rating, and 16% would withdraw an offer entirely.

European project targets households for energy efficiency
The multi-national EU Horizon 2020 ‘Step by Step’ project aims to reduce household energy consumption and encourage people to invest in energy efficiency measures and renewables.
Paying the retrofit price for not building to the highest standards
The Climate Change Committee warns that new homes not built to high energy efficiency and emissions standards will need expensive retrofitting in the future.

Largest EnerPHit for Portsmouth
The largest UK retrofit project aiming for EnerPHit certification is a £13 million residential renovation project in Portsmouth.
Energy storage ballooning
A Canadian start-up company invents a system of pressurised underwater balloons that can store renewable energy until it’s needed, thereby possibly reducing the need for energy from fossil fuels.

Liquid air energy storage
LAES is another storage system with potential. It uses off-peak or excess electricity to produce liquid air. At times of high demand the liquid air converted to a high pressure gas, which is released to drive a turbine and generate electricity.

‘Power Paper’ storage
Swedish researchers develop 'Power Paper' – a thin sheet of conductive polymer less than 1mm thick that can store electricity.
Energy efficiency and mortgages
A research group headed by Nationwide Building Society looks at whether property-specific energy efficiency can be incorporated into mortgage affordability calculations.
£10 million renewable energy benefits for Scotland
Scotland’s First Minister reports that Scottish communities are now benefiting from renewable energy projects to the tune of £10 million per year.
Ofgem funding for smarter energy network
Ofgem announces £62.8 million for nine successful innovation projects looking at new types and uses of gas and smarter ways to run the electricity network for the benefit of customers.
New energy company launched
Places for People, one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, launches an energy supply company committed to tackling rising fuel costs.
Kingfisher invests heavily to go green
International home improvement firm Kingfisher (which includes brands such as B&Q and Screwfix) is to invest £50 million in renewables to reduce its use of grid energy and as part of its 'Net Positive' plan.
Passivehouse doesn’t have to cost more
An Irish builder's view on why building a home to Passivehouse standards doesn't need to cost extra.
£10m for Manchester smart city
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport announces that Manchester is the winner of a £10 million Government-led technology competition to become a world leader in smart city technology.
MK smart city recognised
Milton Keynes is recognised as one of four UK world-class smart cities with an award at the recent Smart Cities World Expo in Barcelona.
Local businesses help reduce excess deaths
Nine Milton Keynes businesses raise funds for MK Community Foundation to help reduce excess winter deaths in city.
Bicester features at Paris COP21
Representatives from Cherwell District Council join world leaders to present on Bicester’s sustainability and energy efficiency projects at the COP21 Paris climate change talks.

Award for £15 a year house
A new, low-energy house built on the Wirral (that costs its occupants just £15 a year on energy) wins an award.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
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