Monthly Archives: November 2011

Enfield Gasification Scheme

21 November 2011: An update on Irish developer Kedco’s plans to develop a biomass gasification scheme in Enfield which it believes have become more positive as a result of the recent proposed changes to the renewable obligation

The project received planning permission in October 2010 to build a c. £45 million biomass wood gasification plant in Enfield capable of generating 12MW of electricity and 10MW of heat and – as the article linked above explains – has secured a supply deal with a company processing waste wood from construction and demolition. Kedco report that tenders currently being prepared to source a suitable contractor for the proposed construction of the plant.  Details submitted at the time of application in relation to a ‘heat output assessment’ for the facility can be viewed here and para 6.3.1 onwards  of the planning officer’s report (report also here) on the application provide details of the scheme’s proposals to export heat to some nearby sites.

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Background to the Climate Change Committee Study of LA emission savings

November 2011:  A previous entry noted the announcement by DECC that the Climate Change Committee (CCC) were to help provide DECC with guidance on how local authorities could curb greenhouse gas emissions. No key information has been published as yet by the CCC on the study, however, what follows below is some background correspondence between DECC and the CCC on the basis of the study:
Letter from Minister for Energy Greg Barker to Lord Adair Turner, Chairman of the CCC (13 June 2011) which states that DECC are “thinking of is benchmark advice on the scale of ambition that LAs may set themselves, possible approaches to deliver that ambition and how this would contribute to national carbon budgets.”
CCC responded (24 June) saying that they “agree [d] that there is a potentially important role for LAs, particularly as regards energy efficiency improvement in buildings and promotion of sustainable transport, and also as regards renewable electricity and heat generation.”
DECC Ministerial response (21 July)
– Following a meeting in mid – September CCC came back to DECC (28 September) setting out the four elements of the study and requested support from DECC and the LGA
– A Final letter from Greg Barker back to CCC (25 October) which amends the elements proposed by CCC stating that DECC are looking for “consideration of the local factors and circumstances that local authorities might wish to take into account when deciding on the approaches to adopt”. DECC further state that they need the work to be completed by the end of April 2012 “to ensure it can be fed into the permissive guidance for local authorites that CLG (the Department for Communities) is producing.” The guidance referred to is in relation to the revised Home and Energy Conservation Act (HECA) – originally to be repealed in the Energy Act 2011, until a volte face from Government.

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The London Low Carbon Market Snapshot 2011

November 2011: Figures compiled by INNOVAS for a report commissioned by the Mayor, has “examined in detail for the first time, the health of the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector in London during 2009-2010. It reveals that the sector grew by over four per cent a year, was supporting 9,000 companies employing 160,000 people and importantly, is set to grow further.” Only a summary of the report has been so far released (linked above). Previous work in this area on ‘Green Jobs’ in London can be seen here.

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Hills Report Data on Number of Fuel Poor in London

November 2011: The consultation period on the interim report by the Hills Fuel Poverty Review has just closed (Nov 18), but an Excel spreadsheet containing the background data to the report has recently been released.

The spreadsheet tab (Fig B.7 & Table B.4) provides estimates of how the number of households in London would be classed as fuel poor depending on how the definition was set. Hence, under the current definition, 402,000 households in London are fuel poor: if the ‘After Housing Costs’ definition was instead adopted, this number would rise to 584,000. See previous posts on some of the background to this (here and here).

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Waltham Forest’s Solar Plan comes and goes…

November 2011: Waltham Forest had reported earlier this month that  ‘Solar panels will be fitted on council buildings and more than 1,000 council homes’ but it’s now been announced that the ‘solar plan has been scrapped’ as a result of the Government’s proposed changes to the Feed in Tariff (FIT) rates.

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Retrofit Energy Efficiency Planning Guidance for Camden

November 2011: Camden has over 60 per cent of its properties in ‘conservation areas’ and to help householders assess the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofit opportunities available to them, Camden has produced Retrofitting Planning Guidance which “sets out a range of measures that householders can carry out and explains the necessary planning consents that are required for these works.” The guide is detailed and provides case studies of some typical properties in the borough that would be suitable for retrofitting, and then outlines which measures would be permitted and which would require additional consultation with the council.

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London smart meter trial launched

18 November 2011: As part of the ‘Low Carbon London’ project, 5,000 smart meters are to be installed in homes and businesses across London.  EDF Energy customers in the pilot zones, Lewisham, Perry Vale, Canning Town, Archway, Barking, Muswell Hill and Peckham, are being offered the first 500 smart meters, extending to EDF Energy customers in the ten low carbon zones and the Green Enterprise District later next year. Read full details on the following press release from London’s electricity distribution network operator, UK Power Networks.

Further information on the ‘Low Carbon London’ project – which is funded through Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund – can be seen here and here.

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DECC list of Energy Data Resources

November 2011: DECC have just posted a “List of datasets that contain information on energy generation, transport, area wide emissions and buildings at UK and regional/local level”. This is an EXCELLENT and comprehensive list of links to energy data ranging from heat maps, decentralised energy plant, energy consumption data and lots of transport related statistics. A really valuable spreadsheet resource worth downloading. In case link doesn’t work in the future – the document can also be downloaded here.

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London Loses out on Renewable Heat Grants (Part 2)

17 November 2011: DECC announced today “The 24 successful applicants [who] will receive up to £175,000 to install green heating systems such as biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps in the homes of tenants. Successful bidders included projects across the whole of Great Britain…” except in London. This is because – as highlighted in a previous post – the Renewable Heat Premium Payments are directed to households not on the gas grid.

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‘Greentomatos plus chip-fat equals low carbon fleet’

17 November 2011: BusinessGreen reports that “London taxicab firm greentomatocars has added 20 biofuel-powered cars to its 200 strong Prius fleet as the competition to become the capital’s greenest fleet heats up. The six Citroen C6 and 14 Citroen Combi Dispatch MPVs are fuelled by a 30 per cent blend of biodiesel refined from locally sourced waste vegetable oil and standard fuel.”. Read the full story here.

More on London’s use of used cooking oil for fuel here.

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Proposed Croydon Energy from Waste plant

November 2011: The Croydon Guardian reports that “Viridor is being presented by the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP), as its preferred bidder for a controversial new waste management plant for Croydon, Merton, Kingston and Sutton…The facility could produce enough energy to power thousands of homes, processing more than 200,000 tonnes of waste a year from the four boroughs.”
Further information on Council’s discussions around the plant can be found here.
Details of the SLWP’s activities can be found here.

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‘How can local government become more climate conscious?’

November 2011: Online discussion hosted by The Guardian considering opportunities for councils to develop their environmental projects.
A summary of some of the key themes is provided here.

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