BEIS to reinvent public attitude tracker

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking views on proposed changes to its Public Attitudes Tracker. The quarterly report, which started in 2012 and is now on its 24th wave, aims to provide a valuable source of information regarding what people think about different forms of generation, changes to energy systems […]

Ofgem: Reconsider suppliers’ role as primary route to low carbon funding

The role of energy suppliers as the primary route in funding and delivering low carbon support schemes should be reconsidered. That’s the suggestion from Ofgem in response to BEIS’ consultation on building a market for energy efficiency. Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, suppliers with more than 250,000 household customers are obliged to help […]

‘Public are clued up about nuclear waste’

Public knowledge about the way the UK manages it radioactive waste is at its highest point on record. That’s according to the latest BEIS Public Attitude Tracker (PAT), which is now on its 24th wave of finding out what the public think about a variety of energy issues. The survey of 2,078 households across the […]

Government sets hard date and limit for coal phase-out

  The UK Government has set a hard date and limit for the phase-out of unabated coal-fired power plants. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said from the 1st of October 2025, it will force plants to close unless they are fitted with carbon capture technology. This will limit their emissions […]

Renewables generate more electricity than ever before

Most of the UK’s electricity this year came from renewable sources. That’s according to a new report from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which suggests the proportion of the power mix from low carbon technologies grew from 50.2% to 54.4%. Meanwhile, coal and gas generation fell to just 42% of generation, a […]

KiWi Power wins research grant from UK Government

KiWi Power has won a UK Government grant under the £84 million initiative to research artificial intelligence (AI), advancements in robotics and smart energy innovations. Last month, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced the winners of a series of competitions related to the development of AI and its impact on smart energy […]

Ofgem chairman to step down

Ofgem has announced its chairman will step down in September 2018. David Gray was appointed to his role in October 2013, having previously been an executive director in charge of the networks division from 2003 to 2007. He said: “My term has coincided with a period of rapid change, not only in the retail energy […]

MPs call for investigation into SSE-npower merger

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee is calling for an investigation into the proposed merger between Big Six firms SSE and npower. It has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch a probe as it is concerned the merger may lessen competition and affect energy consumers. The merger would reduce […]

Upcoming auctions to see nearly 7GW of battery storage

Several gigawatts of battery storage capacity have pre-qualified for Capacity Market auctions for both next winter (T1) and for four years (T4) in the future. National Grid confirmed the T1 auction in January will see more than 2.1GW of batteries competing for contracts next winter, when they will be used to ensure security of supply […]

BEIS Committee presses Greg Clark on helping vulnerable energy customers

The Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has written to Greg Clark to press him on government efforts to help vulnerable energy customers. Rachel Reeves’ letter demands answers on the government’s plans to remove legal barriers to energy suppliers identifying vulnerable customers – Ofgem has said current restrictions on data-sharing mean […]