As part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, the Alternative Energy Markets (AEM) Programme is exploring what an alternative system of network and policy price signals might look like, whether those signals could be trialled in a real-world environment, how to undertake any potential trial, and how energy suppliers and consumers may respond within a trial. The AEM Design, Delivery, Research and Evaluation contract(s) would be the next contract(s) that sit within the AEM programme, and would be responsible for the administration of the testing environment, including developing any required digital tool(s) and analysing energy use data received from energy suppliers. We have launched early market engagement to gather views on the proposed commercial approach, technical design approach, and research and evaluation approach.
BEIS 4th June 2021 read more »
Germany could be forced to import energy from Britain within years, according to new research, as the UK’s shift to green power takes off. Energy generated from offshore wind farms could soon be exported to continental Europe as energy prices are forecast to rise, especially in Germany, according to S&P Global Platts. The UK energy market is set to become “structurally longer, while the whole of western Europe is moving in another direction” said Sabrina Kernbichler, its European power analyst. The UK imports about 7pc of its energy from the continent but that trend is set to be reversed as countries such as Germany shut down their coal and nuclear power plants. Germany plans to close all of its nuclear plants by next year. They accounted for almost 30pc of its generation in 2000, but this had fallen to 11.4pc by last year. The UK plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by 2050, and importing supplies of low-carbon electricity from countries like France, Norway and Denmark is part of that plan.
Telegraph 3rd June 2021 read more »