November 11th, 2016

Learning lessons on business energy efficiency

by Rob Reid and Ian Cessford

 

It’s been a year since the then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, made her ‘policy reset’ speech setting out a new direction for UK energy policy. Since then, we’ve had leadership, ministerial, departmental and policy changes: it seems that we already need to press reset again and check that Government is designing and implementing policies that will cost-effectively deliver its emissions reduction targets and industrial strategy goals in a post-Brexit UK.

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August 12th, 2016

Turning up the heat on energy strategy

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by Adam Baddeley and Rob Reid

 

Although heating accounts for almost 50% of UK total energy consumption, it remains strangely absent from the renewable energy debate. Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd brought it up last November, but only as a begrudging admission that slow progress was putting us way off track to meet 2020’s 15% Renewable Energy Directive (RED) target. Yet just a week later, Rudd’s ‘policy reset’ speech contained no major goals on renewable heat – instead, it signalled renewed support for gas to replace coal-fired electricity generation backed by streamlined regulatory and consenting requirements for hydraulic fracturing.

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December 23rd, 2015

Noel-ectricity wasted: energy saving at Christmas

by Rob Reid and Laura Williams

 

As Christmas comes around, you don’t have to be an eco-Grinch to sometimes stop and wonder at the way we go about our celebrations. For those of us involved in the energy sector, it’s almost inescapable. For example, everyone loves to see a sparkling Christmas tree decked with twinkling lights, while decorations in the town centre can really help put you in the festive spirit – but in many streets, the wattage of lights adorning the houses seems to be on a scale suited to ensuring the safe landing of a jumbo jet, never mind Santa’s sleigh.

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May 22nd, 2015

The Bourne legacy: energy efficiency and SMEs

by Rob Reid

 

With the general election done and dusted, DECC has appointed its ministerial team to lead the energy and climate change agenda over the next Parliamentary term. Amber Rudd heads up the Department as Secretary of State, with Andrea Leadsom and Lord Bourne appointed to the roles of Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State respectively. Amber Rudd’s appointment in particular has been widely viewed as positive for the green economy.

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February 13th, 2015

Return of the heat pump

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By Rob Reid

 

Since last summer, I’ve learned a lot about heat pumps, all in the name of deciding whether I could go green on heating my house without leaving my bank balance in the red. When I last wrote about my dilemma, I reached the classic consultant’s view that more research was required. Since then, I’ve been carrying it out, and it’s time to make good on my promise to report back on what I found.

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June 27th, 2014

The heat of the moment: is it time to fit a heat pump?

by Rob Reid

 

I am currently spending considerable time, effort and funds renovating my garden. While digging trenches, laying concrete and getting back ache in the process, I am seriously considering whether I can extract a bit of extra value from my soon to be dug up lawn by using it to satisfy my home’s heating needs. With the launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and a recent Eunomia study published by DECC showing that impacts of refrigerant leakage from heat pumps is small, the timing seems right to consider this method of heating.

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