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Next steps in CCS: Policy Scoping Document - Developing an approach for the next phase of Carbon Capture & Storage projects in the UK - Department of Energy and Climate Change August 2014.

New biomass sustainability criteria to provide certainty for investors to 2027 - From April 2015 biomass industry must show fuel is sustainable or lose financial support. Biomass electricity will produce over 70% greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuel alternatives, under changes made by the government to ensure the sustainability of wood-fuel used to create energy.

From April 2015, the biomass industry – which is worth over £1bn in new investment and supports over 3,000 jobs – will be required to demonstrate their fuel is sustainable or lose financial support.

DECC Review Power the Country, Protect the Planet - Department of Energy and Climate Chage Review April 2013, Edition 14.

As a country, we spend £32 billion a year on heating. It accounts for around a third of our greenhouse gas emissions. Without changing the way we produce and consume heat, we will not meet our long-term climate change target. To get there, we are going to have to change the way we generate, distribute and use heat in buildings and industry. And we are going to need those changes to take place in an orderly, cost-effective way that ensures a vibrant low carbon economy and a supply of affordable energy for all consumers - DECC March 2013;

The Future of Heating Executive Summary

The Future of Heating: Meeting the Challenge

Research into barriers to deployment of district heating networks

Bill impacts of current bandings and 2013-17 bandings - Changes to subsidies for renewable electricity could incentivise between £20 billion and £25 billion of new investment in the economy between 2013 and 2017.

UK Bioenergy Strategy - Bioenergy is expected to play a key role in our ability to meet the 2020 renewables target as well as longer term carbon reduction targets to 2030 and 2050. But we recognise that bioenergy is not automatically low carbon, renewable or sustainable: alongside its many positives, bioenergy carries risks.

CCS Commercialisation Programme - The CCS Commercialisation Programme has been developed in close collaboration with industry, with two open Industry Days held in December' 11 and February' 12.

Renewable Heat Incentive – tariff adjustment for the year from 1st April 2012 - The tariffs set out in the table have been increased by 4.8%, which was the increase in the retail price index in 2011. As set out in the RHI Regulations, tariffs are rounded to the nearest 10th of a penny. Therefore, the large biomass tariff has remained unchanged at 1p/kWh.

Electricity Market Reform (EMR) - Conflicts of interest and synergies arising from the System Operator acting as delivery body for EMR. The technical update on the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) White Paper published in December 2011 indicated that DECC intends to confer the delivery functions for the Feed-in Tariff with Contracts for Difference (FiT CfD) and the capacity mechanism on the GB System Operator (SO).

Such an expanded role for the SO offers opportunities to exploit synergies between the new EMR responsibilities and the SO role, resulting in benefits to consumers. However, there is also the potential for new conflicts of interest to arise in addition to the issues that Ofgem currently manages through regulation.

The Renewables Map: provides an on-line mapping facility to review the information held in the renewables database. An interactive query has also been provided to interrogate these data through applying various filters.

The UK Renewable Energy Roadmap: Sets out a comprehensive action plan to accelerate the UK's deployment and use of renewable energy, and put us on the path to achieve our 2020 target, while driving down the cost of renewable energy over time.

Planning Our Electric Future: A White Paper for secure, affordable and low carbon electricity.

UK National Renewable Energy Action Plan: Sets out how the Government intends to meet its 15% target under the Renewable Energy Directive. This supersedes the Renewable Energy Strategy (July 2009).

Renewables Obligation: The RO is the main support policy for large-scale renewable electricity in the UK.

Feed-in Tariffs: FITS are the main support policy for small-scale renewable electricity in the UK. The pages of the DECC website set out the latest updates.

Feed-in Tariff Review: In March 2011 the Government published a fast-track review of FIT levels. The response was published on 9 June 2011.

Renewable Heat Incentive: (March 2011) sets out an introduction to the RHI planned for introduction in summer 2011.

Climate Change Levy: Is a tax on the use of energy in industry, commerce and the public sector.


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