‘Regulations needed to ensure new tech works the right way’

Regulations must ensure future technologies and innovations can work sensibly and effectively towards decarbonisation. That’s the suggestion from Michael Gibbons, Chairman of ELEXON, who spoke to ELN at the Energy Live Expo. He said there’s going to be a lot of change in the industry in the near future, with much more distributed generation, renewable […]

Management takeover at Utility Aid

An energy broker in the charity sector has been bought out by its management team. Utility Aid’s management buyout (MBO) was led by CEO Giles Hankinson and Non-Executive Directors Guy Fraser-Sampson and Andy Homer, along with private investors Peter Cullum (Towergate), Neil Utley (Hastings Direct) and Andrew King (King Group). The deal was confirmed for an […]

US environment agency strengthens green rules

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strengthened the nation’s emission regulations. Speculation suggests it may be trying to lock-in fuel economy rules to protect them from being eroded by President-elect Trump when he enters power. The Obama Administration has been fairly successful in tackling pollution and climate change during its time in office, setting rules in 2012 that dictated […]

Solar sector urges government to remove barriers to storage

The solar industry is calling on the UK Government to remove regulatory and economic barriers to energy storage. The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published a paper exploring the interaction between solar power and energy storage, highlighting the wide array of services storage could potentially provide to home owners, networks and utilities. However, the report suggests regulatory, economic […]

TPI sector ‘needs regulation but with a light touch’

The third party intermediaries (TPI) sector needs regulation but it needs to be “light” and shouldn’t stifle the market. Graeme Forbes, Head of Markets at Gemserv said it is important to have “sufficient regulation to lose the malpractice but not over-regulation to the point where the market is constrained”. Ofgem has set out the Confidence […]

Get fracking sharpish, Lords tell government

The Government should “streamline” regulations which are holding up fracking in the UK says a new report penned by a group of Lords. They slate Government efforts to explain to the public why shale gas is worth getting out of the ground in Britain and making people “more aware of the risks if we don’t”. […]

New US ruling clears the way for CCS

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final ruling on the regulations applying to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) that should help clear the way for the rollout of the technology in the country. The agency said the injection of carbon dioxide into the so-called “Class IV wells” approved under the Safe Drinking […]

Fracking ‘won’t risk water supplies with strict regulation’

Shale gas extraction will not put pressure on water resources and environmental risks will be minimised, according to the firm that represents the UK’s water industry. Water UK believes the problems associated with fracking “can be mitigated given proper enforcement of the regulatory framework”. It has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK […]

Going off-grid? Changing policy means firms are "running to stand still"

Changing government policy and regulation is the biggest challenge for business looking to go ‘off the grid’ by generating their own power, according to the Head of Energy Management at Scottish Water. Speaking at Energy Live 2013, Rob Crusher said: “You’re almost running to stand still and keep abreast of what’s happening next.” He told the ‘off […]