The Scottish government recently released its Hydrogen Policy Statement together with the Scottish Hydrogen Assessment. The statement has been long heralded and eagerly awaited by industry. This article discusses key aspects of the statement, including key sectors for deployment, the trade of hydrogen, locations for deployment, the timeline for deployment, funding, key stakeholders and the next steps.
At the end of 2020 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published the much-anticipated Energy White Paper, setting out its strategy for the United Kingdom's energy transition over the next decade. The Energy White Paper focuses on strategy in six key areas: consumers, power, the energy system, buildings, industrial energy and oil and gas.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently published its response to the consultation on the proposed amendments to allocation round four (AR4) contracts for difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation. Industry should note the headline amendments to AR4 – in particular, the new 'pots', changes relating to negative pricing, capacity caps and the amended supply chain plans policy.
Until 11 November 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on the draft Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information Regulations 2021. The consultation asks stakeholders to comment on the ecodesign and energy labelling proposals, BEIS's assessment of the costs and benefits and the intended timetable for reviewing the draft regulations after they came into force, noted in each product-specific section.
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) recently announced its offer for the award of 113 licences over 259 blocks or part-blocks to 65 companies. Licences were awarded in the OGA's 32nd offshore licensing round, which was launched on 11 July 2019 and closed for applications on 12 November 2019. The 32nd round saw the offer of 768 blocks or part-blocks, with acreage on offer in the Central North Sea, the Northern North Sea, the Southern North Sea and the West of Shetlands.