EU approves German offshore wind surcharge reductions

The costs of connecting offshore wind installations to the main electricity grid will be financed by a surcharge, which power customers would pay from 2019

Green levy exemption for EIIs pushed back until 2018

The government’s planned exemption for energy intensive industries (EIIs) from some of the costs associated with green energy policies has been pushed back until next year. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) had initially planned to have the exemption in place for the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme by April this year but […]

Green levies reduced for 130 energy intensive firms

The UK Government has announced heavy electricity users such as steel, glass and cement companies will be exempted from some of the costs associated with green energy policies. That’s expected to help 130 eligible businesses save around £100 million a year. The new rules cover the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme – designed to encourage […]

New energy department must do the BEIS for large users

The UK’s new energy department must ensure large gas and power users are accounted for when making policy decisions. That’s the view of Dave Cranfield, General Manager at Total Gas & Power, who says energy intensive industries “must not be forgotten”. His comment comes after newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May announced her Cabinet reshuffle […]

EU approves £280m compensation for UK energy intensive industries

The UK has been granted permission by the EU to provide state aid compensation to the nation’s energy intensive industries (EIIs) for the cost of green taxes. The package is worth around £280 million until the end of the decade. The news comes as the government aims to give more certainty to the UK steel […]

UK must ‘extend compensation for heavy energy users’

The UK Government must extend the compensation package to some energy intensive industries that weren’t initially covered. Jeremy Nicholson, Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group told ELN there are concerns about the “mounting costs of the renewable programme and to a lesser extent our decarbonisation goals generally”. However they have been offset by the […]

Only CCS can decarbonise heavy industry – report

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the only technology that can help decarbonise the energy intensive industry to help meet the UK’s carbon targets. That’s according to a new report form think tank Green Alliance, which claims the UK’s approach to developing CCS only focuses on cutting the costs of electricity production. It believes the […]

EU nod for Romania’s tax caps for large energy users

The European Commission has approved Romania’s proposals to reduce its green tax for energy intensive users. The green certificate reduction scheme gives partial compensation to major energy users for the cost of financing renewable energy support in the country. The Commission assessed it under the provisions of its new Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines adopted […]

UK invites views on heavy energy users’ compensation eligibility

Proposals on how to work out which energy intensive industries (EIIs) will be given compensation to provide relief from the costs of renewable policies have been published. Those such as the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) which offer payments to green energy generators add extra charges on energy bills. The RO will be […]

EU seeks low carbon solutions for energy intensive industries

A new initiative to help finance low carbon technology solutions – especially those used in energy intensive industries – that cut greenhouse gas emissions has been launched. The European Commission is inviting proposals from companies for a €20 million (£16.3m) fund as part of its Sustainable Industry Low Carbon II (SILC II) scheme. It will […]