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China to investment in the UK’s nuclear energy

The announcement this week that China will be investing in the UK’s nuclear energy industry has been met by mixed reviews. Under the plans china will own around a third of the new nuclear power station that will open in Hinkley over the next decade.

China will also invest in other nuclear projects throughout the UK said to be worth billions of pounds, and supporters of the plans point to the strength of the Chinese economy and the fact that investment from such a strong economy will help build and strengthen the UK economy.

Will the ESOS deadline extension be enough?

With news of the ESOS deadline extension sinking in, it has lead to some to question whether the extra time will be enough for some companies. Under the new guidelines companies will need to notify the Environmental Agency if they are going to miss the old deadline of December the 5th, which will then give them until January 29th.

With the extension falling over the Christmas period with factory shutdowns and holidays overlapping, many experts believe that despite the extension a large number of companies will still fail to comply.   

The UK’s future electricity supply takes a hit

The UK’s only planned gas power station is now in doubt after it emerged that Carlton Power, the company who was awarded a government subsidy to build the plant, had failed to secure financial backing. The plant was due to be built in Trafford, Manchester and was due to start producing electricity for the UK in 2018, however that now looks in doubt.

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ESOS deadline extended

The Environment agency has announced that it will be extending the deadline to comply with ESOS and will not be sanctioning any businesses that miss the December the 5th deadline. Instead the deadline to comply will be moved to January 2016.

What will water market deregulation mean for you?

When the rest of the UK opens the water market to competition in 2017, following in Scotland’s footsteps, the savings could be huge. Scotland’s water market opened up to competition in 2008 and it has so far saved Scottish businesses £65 million. With a greater number of businesses in England and Wales the saving are predicted to be substantially higher than that.

Carbon reporting and taxation needs to be streamlined

A new consultation is to advise the government that its policies for carbon taxation and carbon reporting need to be more streamlined. Currently businesses have two energy tax schemes through the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment  (CRC) as well as three separate carbon reporting requirements in the forms of ESOS, CRC  and mandatory Carbon Reporting.

Climate change to put considerable pressure on energy sector

It has been suggested by the World Energy Council that the energy sector will be put under considerable pressure over the coming decades because of climate change. The number of extreme weather events has increased by over 400% from 1980 to 2014, and it is because of statistics such as this that the World Energy Council are warning the energy sector.

Oil market looking gloomy

According to Wall Street analysts the oil market over the next couple of years is in for a bumpy ride. The price of oil had fell from close to $135 per barrel in the beginning of 2014 to just over $50 per barrel in January 2015. There were some signs of recovery up until June 2015 as prices rose to $60 per barrel, however that was short lived as prices then crashed to $45 per barrel.

Analysts have indicated that this turbulent market will continue over the next couple of years as factors such as Iranian oil coming back onto the market and a slowing Chinese economy take affect.

The EU and Ukraine agree a deal with Russia for gas

An agreement has been reached by the EU, Ukraine and Russia over the supply of natural gas throughout the Winter. It was thought the tensions between Ukraine and Russia would make reaching an agreement difficult, leading to worries of a natural gas shortage throughout Eastern Europe. The conflict between Ukraine and pro Russian soldiers in the east of the country has killed almost 8,000 people since it began in 2014.

What has Volkswagen done wrong?

It has been big news recently that Volkswagen are under investigation and are facing fines that would make any company sweat. They have already admitted that they ‘totally screwed up’  and their CEO Martin Winterkorn has resigned this week despite saying that he personally had not done anything wrong.

Pass through charges are here to stay

The cost of commodities has been steadily falling throughout the year, reaching levels not seen for years. However, although the wholesale costs of commodities has been falling, pass through charges or third party charges have been sharply rising. This has meant businesses have not felt the fall in commodity costs as much as they would have, if the pass through charges did not exist. It has also meant that people purchasing the energy such as energy consultants or an in house purchasing team have not been able to deliver the saving you would expect when testing the market.

The importance of transparency

The announcement that Ofgem will be delaying the introduction of a code of conduct for Third Party Intermediaries (TPIs) has caused much frustration throughout the industry. The code of conduct was going to make it mandatory for energy consultants and energy brokers to declare the amount of commission they are charging.

Energy consultants and energy brokers often do not inform their clients of the fees they are charging, and in some cases tell the client their services are free. They are currently allowed to do this with the market being unregulated.

A quarter of Europe’s electricity to be powered by wind

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) expects a quarter of Europe’s electricity to be generated by wind power by 2030. This is if all member states meet their pledges on climate and energy.

Europe can currently generate 128.8 GW of wind power on a normal wind year which is around 10% of the demand. Over the next 15 years this is expected to increase dramatically with the installation of 66 GW offshore and 254 GW of onshore.

State students are getting higher degree grades than private students

A recent report has found that students who attended state schools have outperformed students that attended private schools at degree level In 2014. 82% of people who attended a state school achieved a first class or upper second class degree last year compared with 73% who attended private schools.

Part of these results can be explained by state school pupils  getting better A Level results, however, this does not explain the 9% gap. There have been calls recently to make degrees harder as the number of students getting top grades increases.

Only 152 companies have complied with ESOS

The Environmental Agency confirmed in September that only 152 companies have notified them that they have complied with ESOS. With around 14,000 companies required to comply, there is expected to be a huge shortfall, leading to the question, will the Environmental Agency be able to enforce the punishment to such a large number of companies?

There are a huge number of companies that will register their compliance as the deadline gets closer, however it is very unlikely that all companies that fall under the scheme  will be able to comply.

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Indonesia to re-join OPEC

OPEC have announced that Indonesia will be re-joining the organisation this December after they terminated their membership in 2009. The termination came after Indonesia’s oil demand increased and they became a net importer of oil. This has led to a lot of questions about OPEC’s decision to allow Indonesia to reactivate their membership, however in response OPEC have said that Indonesia is a country with a lot of history with the organisation.

Energy firms take Government to court over CCL exemption

The UK Government will be taken to court by two energy firms because of the removal of the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption. The Climate Change Levy is a tax on business energy usage which affects all businesses within the UK, however businesses sourcing their energy from renewables used to receive tax breaks. The energy firms claim they were not given sufficient notice to adapt their business accordingly.

Gas demand lower than expected

Gas demand has been reported as lower than expected for this time of year, although prices have risen throughout the week. Oil prices have started to increase again over the past week, rising from $43 per barrel to just over $51 per barrel.

Electricity prices have also followed gas and oil rising sharply this week. A power outage at the Sleipner Platform caused it to shutdown this week which stopped Norwegian LNG imports. This is believed to have contributed to the rise in gas and electric prices.