Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 - 16:29

Industry is dissatisfied by plans unveiled last week which effectively remove the ability for Local Authorities to apply higher energy efficiency standards to local developments.

In a consultation, published in August 2013, proposals were made to amend or repeal the Planning and Energy Act 2008, a move which would remove the only remaining power that enables councils to require new developments to be more energy efficient and to include cost-effective on-site generation. The proposals were made based on the assumption that the Building Regulations 2013 were now sufficiently strengthened to mean the Act is no longer required.

Whilst the summary of responses from the consultation mean the Planning and Energy Act will be...

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 - 13:45

Come and join us to find out the vision for the Sustainable Energy Association

Monday 24th March 2014 - Terrace Pavilion, Houses of Parliament, London

We are pleased to announce that the official launch event for the Sustainable Energy Association will take place on Monday 24th March from 7.00pm onwards.

We were delighted to announce the launch of the Sustainable Energy Association to a room of more than 200 people at the Micropower Council Christmas Reception and we would now like to invite you back to the Terrace Pavilion to hear what we have been up to since the announcement to further outline our campaigning vision for the new organisation.


Friday, 21 February, 2014 - 16:13

Briefing note - 21/02/2014

Solar Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) installations are not eligible to receive Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments; however such installations can receive the Feed in Tariff (FIT) on the electricity produced.

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), due to launch this spring, provides a tariff of 19.2p/kWh for solar thermal installations. Under the RHI regulations a solar thermal installation can only be used ‘for the purpose of domestic hot water heating in an eligible property'. The scheme regulations explicitly state that solar thermal installations cannot also be used to generate electricity:

Requirements for solar thermal plants...

Friday, 21 February, 2014 - 14:55

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Monday, 10 February, 2014 - 10:22

Immediate Release: 10 February 2014

The Sustainable Energy Association is delighted to welcome Knauf Insulation as the latest major sustainable energy industry player to join the newly launched organisation at the highest category of membership.

Knauf Insulation, one of the leading providers of energy efficiency measures and building products in the UK and across Europe, has joined the Sustainable Energy Association to take an active role in developing the policies that matter to the energy efficiency and low carbon sectors.

The Sustainable Energy Association looks forward to integrating Knauf Insulation's knowledge and understanding to help produce a properly-researched approach to industry's...

Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 - 12:00

Immediate Release: 4th February 2014

The Sustainable Energy Association has today announced that its Executive Committee has elected Bill Rumble, Chief Commercial Officer at Mark Group, to be the new Vice President of the Association, and Chair of its Executive Committee.

Bill will formally take over from the current Vice President, Donald Daw, Divisional Commercial Director, Mitsubishi Electric, at the next Executive Committee meeting in April. He will now serve in this capacity for a period of two years.

Commenting on the result, former Vice President, Donald Daw said:

"I have greatly enjoyed my time as Vice President of the organisation over the past four years - a period...

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014 - 10:01

Immediate Release: 14 January 2013

The Sustainable Energy Association is delighted to welcome CPL Industries as its newest Sponsoring Member, joining the table alongside several other major sustainable energy industry players.

CPL is one of the UK's leading suppliers of renewable fuels (wood logs, wood pellets, renewable content briquettes) and also provide biomass systems at a range of technology scales. A desire to further strengthen the renewables arm of the business is the driver behind their membership application. The Sustainable Energy Association looks forward to welcoming them and assisting their ambitious renewables targets. Importantly it allows them to influence policy at a...

Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 - 15:57

DCLG plans to dilute Zero Carbon Homes policy and repeal the Planning & Energy Act will lead to higher energy bills for new homes

In the last decade, a combination of industry innovation, Government regulation and Local Authority intervention has led to new homes being warmer and cheaper to heat and power. However, this rate of improvement is substantially below the trajectory required to achieve the UK's legally binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050; to future proof homes from reliance on expensive fossil fuels; and foster a domestic industry to achieve all this.

In a dramatic departure from the Coalition Government's priority to deliver Zero Carbon Homes - which reduce energy bill...

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 - 10:48

Immediate Release: 17 December 2013

The well attended Micropower Council Christmas reception included key note speeches on a range of key policy developments including notably formal details of the Sustainable Energy Association launch.

The Micropower Council Christmas reception took place on the eve of 16 December 2013 on the Terrace Pavilion at the Houses of Parliament. The well attended event, kindly sponsored by Mark Group entertained a plethora of poignant keynote speeches from the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Dave Sowden (Micropower Council), Bill Rumble (Mark Group), and Baroness Maddock.

The speeches addressed a range of key developments for the Sustainable...

Monday, 16 December, 2013 - 10:26

The Micropower Council's Executive Committee is delighted to announce its decision to become the Sustainable Energy Association, an organisation focussed on linking together energy efficiency and demand reduction with low carbon production of energy from buildings and the integration of these with the wider energy system.

Further details will be given at the Micropower Council's Christmas Reception, at 19:00 on Monday 16 December 2013 on the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion, where the Minister, the Rt Hon. Gregory Barker MP will give the keynote address. Anyone seeking a last minute registration for this event should RSVP to

The Rt...

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 - 11:16

Immediate release: 4 December 2013

Industry has welcomed today's confirmation from DECC of subsidies to allow home owners and businesses to install renewable heating systems. The Government has confirmed the prices it proposed in July to be paid to owners of renewable heating equipment from Spring 2014.

Dave Sowden, Micropower Council Chief Executive said,

"This is a welcome step forward, and our early analysis suggests that there is sufficient funding for substantial growth in the market over the next two years. The inclusion of air to water heat pumps in the non-domestic scheme is particularly welcome, and something we have campaigned for over the past two years and puts this technology on a fair...

Friday, 29 November, 2013 - 15:02

With the domestic RHI on its way and the RHPP scheme coming to an end, DECC have developed an information leaflet to help stimulate an increase in voucher uptake before the RHPP scheme finishes in March next year.

DECC have therefore asked us to circulate their RHPP leaflet (link below) and stated that those who wish to upload onto their website are welcome too.

The leaflets are our final push for the RHPP before the domestic RHI is introduced, therefore DECC would appreciate your support.


Wednesday, 20 November, 2013 - 15:23

Immediate Release: 20th November 2013

The microgeneration industry supports a report published by MPs that urges the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider plans to axe a policy that has driven up home building standards and helped to create a thriving sustainable building industry in the UK.

The report from the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee feeds into the Housing Standards Review consultation which suggests "amending or removing" both the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Planning & Energy Act - the two measures supporting renewable energy in new homes. The report finds that proposals in the consultation are too weak to ensure homes are constructed to a robust...

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013 - 13:35

The Government's ECO policy has been a campaign priority for organisations working in the energy sector throughout 2013. The Micropower Council membership has been focused on the delivery and reform of ECO and Green Deal policies throughout 2013. The reasons for industry interest in energy efficiency policy are several. Firstly, phase 1 of the ECO scheme "expires" at the Comprehensive 2015 Spending Review, with DECC consulting on the next phase in 2013; secondly, lessons had been learned during the roll-out of the first phase which it was felt could lead to improvement to the delivery of energy efficiency and the reduction of fuel poverty in the UK; thirdly, it was felt that with an increasing focus on affordable warmth and fuel poverty...

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 14:34

At Prime Ministers' Questions today, energy prices were the topic of robust clashes between the Prime Minister and Ed Milliband, the Leader of the Opposition.

Industry members may be concerned about a reference to the Renewable Heat Incentive made by the Prime Minister during this exchange, where he suggested that the Coalition had "cancelled" the policy (which he suggested, as a Labour idea, would have added £179 to the average fuel bill).

It is important to reassure everyone that the Prime Minister was briefed incorrectly in giving this response, and we have confirmed this with...