The Informer

This week's headlines: Government order a review into last Friday's power cut; the widest range of organisations ever to come together in support of onshore wind has called on the new Energy Minister to support development of the technology; and The London School of Economics has described a UK Emissions Trading System as the 'worst outcome' post-Brexit.

  • Urgent review ordered into major power failure

    Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom has ordered a Government inquiry into the power failure that left almost a million homes and businesses without electricity.

    The biggest outage in a decade, which began at 5pm last Friday, was blamed on the loss of a gas-fired power station and the Hornsea offshore wind farm from the grid.

    Leadsom said the power outages caused “enormous disruption” and that National Grid must urgently review and report to Ofgem on the causes of the incident which hit areas including the Midlands, South East, South West, North West and North East of England, and Wales.

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  • Utilities lobby for onshore wind farm u-turn

    A coalition of companies and organisations from across the green economy have called on the new Energy Minister to support onshore wind farms.

    In an open letter to Kwasi Kwarteng, the businesses said more turbines were needed to help the UK achieve its net zero emissions target at the lowest cost, to save consumers money and to boost the competitiveness of industry.

    As well as allowing onshore wind farms to compete for Contracts for Difference, the letter urged ministers to update planning rules and set out guidance on the replacement of older turbines.

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  • UK ETS would be ‘worst outcome’ says LSE

    Creating a separate UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) would be the worst system of carbon pricing after the Brexit, according to the London School of Economics (LSE).

    In its response to the UK Government’s consultation, the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute and the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, warned that it would prove too costly for UK businesses to trade emissions allowances with each other if the UK leaves the European Union’s (EU’s) ETS.

    Having advised that the UK should negotiate to remain a member of the EU ETS, if a separate UK ETS is established, LSE said it needs to be linked to the EU ETS. This is so that UK businesses could continue to trade their emission allowances across Europe, which would increase the incentives for businesses to reduce their emissions.

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  • Infrastructure chief calls for more than ‘vague promises’ on green infrastructure

    The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has told the UK’s new cabinet that it must offer more than “vague promises” to build green infrastructure.

    Sir John Armitt used a blog entry for the BusinessGreen website to warn ministers that their credibility will soon be “under the spotlight”.

    He wants the UK Government to spend at least 1.2% of the country’s gross domestic product each year on infrastructure, currently the Treasury’s upper limit.

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  • Consumer groups fear energy price cap drop isn’t enough

    Ofgem’s cut to the energy price cap is not enough to help customers get the best deal, according to consumer groups and price comparison websites.

    The energy regulator has reduced the cap from £1,254 to £1,179 from 1 October until March 2020. The cap will cover customers in around 11 million homes.

    Customers on prepayment meters will pay £25 less at £1,217.

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