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...
Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 14:26
DCLG policy proposals contradict localism and renewable energy objectives
The domestic renewable energy industry has condemned the Government's suggestion to do away with the 2008 Planning and Energy Act. The Act, promoted by Michael Fallon, who is now Energy Minister, provides local authorities with the ability to set specific carbon, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets for new build properties (the so-called ‘Merton Rule'). The suggestion is part of the Government's consultation on the Housing Standards Review, published yesterday .
The recent update to national Building Regulations did not impose strict enough carbon reduction targets to incentivise the integration of on-site renewables (such as...
Wednesday, 7 August, 2013 - 18:09
Industry welcomes information revealed today in an Energy Saving Trust (EST) study that shows improved heat pump performance.
The study builds upon phase 1 of the EST research released in 2010 which identified recommendations to achieve better performance from heat pump technology and demonstrates that well-installed and operated heat pumps perform to a very high standard in UK homes. According to the study, 77% of users would recommend a heat pump to a friend, particularly because of the efficiency and running costs of the systems.
Dave Sowden, Micropower Council Chief Executive said:
"Today's results are a demonstration that with the right specifications, standards and incentives in place, heat...
Tuesday, 30 July, 2013 - 16:31
Immediate Release: 30 July 2013
Industry reacted with disappointment today as the Government decided to "water down" and delay the requirements for newly built homes to meet more ambitious energy standards.
Today's announcement to update the Building Regulations, intended as a step towards "zero carbon homes" by 2016, said that new energy standards would cut £200 on typical new homes' fuel bills. This represents only around a fifth of the cut in bills expected under the previous Government's intended policy, resulting in energy bills for consumers living in new homes being around a third higher than expected. The Government has also confirmed implementation will be delayed until April 2014, six months later...
Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 - 10:09
The Micropower Council's Summer Reception took place on Monday 8 July in the splendid Portcullis House and was kindly sponsored by Ice Energy (part of SIG Group).
The event was very well attended, despite the competition of a fine summer's evening. It provided an excellent opportunity for both MPC members and non-members to network with key industry stakeholders including Government Officials, NGOs, Private industry and the public sector.
The Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change discussed a number of issues surrounding microgeneration at the event and his full speech can be accessed by...
Friday, 12 July, 2013 - 14:01
Monday, 3 June, 2013 - 13:19
Immediate Release: 31 May 2013
Industry broadly welcomed today's new proposed tariff levels for non-domestic renewable heat under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Department for Energy and Climate Change has proposed increases in payment rates for most technologies already supported by the scheme, with the exception of medium scale biomass, where it proposes to reduce tariffs by 5% as part of its recently announced degression mechanism. It also proposes to introduce tariffs on new technologies not currently supported under the scheme.
Dave Sowden, Chief Executive of the Micropower Council, commented:
"The proposals for increased levels for biomass, GSHP and solar thermal are...
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 - 10:14
Immediate Release: 20th May 2013
Industry welcomed today's announcement by Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, that the Government has substantially increased voucher payments for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, viewing it as a positive step towards the longer term incentive scheme (the Renewable Heat Incentive) which has been postponed until spring 2014.
Dave Sowden, Chief Executive of the Micropower Council, commented:
"These new voucher levels are a welcome boost for an industry which has, in some sectors, seen dramatic drops in sales. This market uncertainty followed a series of delays to the long term incentive scheme and the threatened...
Wednesday, 1 May, 2013 - 16:35
The MPC has offered its support to the STA-led Campaign on increasing the voucher amounts for the recently announced RHPP scheme extension.
We sent a letter of support to the Minister this morning (1/5/13), which you will find using the link below. We are asking for an enhancement to the RHPP scheme at a level sufficient to support the market and to incentivise consumers.
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 - 18:17
Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 - 16:41
Immediate Release: 20 March 2013
The Micropower Council and its members are strongly encouraged by the Chancellors budget announcement today in support of the 2016 Zero Carbon Homes target.
The microgeneration sector's business and supply chain have been gearing up to address the 230,000 projected new households a year, through investing in manufacturing facilities, creating jobs and upskilling the workforce. Investor confidence will continue to build on this showing the UK continues to be a stable, investable economy for low carbon solutions.
But at the same time, the lack of progress by Government on implementing the changes to the building regulations in part L may seriously undermine...