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Research and analysis: Alternatives to smart meter In-Home Displays (IHDs): trials and conclusions

In 2016, the government introduced a time-limited period for energy suppliers to undertake trials of alternative approaches to smart meter In-Home Displays. The aim was to allow BEIS to assess whether IHDs were the most appropriate means to help people reduce their energy consumption. 5 suppliers applied for trials, 3 of which were successful, the other 2 were withdrawn.

In 2019 we published the government’s policy conclusions from the trial, and a report from the Behavioural Insights Team, an independent research consultancy, who analysed and synthesised the results on behalf of BEIS.

To take part, suppliers had to apply for a derogation from the requirement to offer all domestic consumers an In-Home Display (IHD) when installing a smart meter. Supporting derogation guidance and application forms were published here in April 2016. The letters granting derogation are also available here.

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BEIS

Research and analysis: Smart meter roll-out: cost-benefit analysis 2019

The roll-out of smart meters is an important national modernisation programme that will bring benefits to consumers, businesses and the nation as a whole. This is the latest assessment of the costs and benefits of the smart meter roll-out based on the most up-to-date evidence from the programme.

The 2019 cost-benefit analysis updates and builds on the cost-benefit analysis published in November 2016.

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BEIS

Research and analysis: Smart meters: progress on realising benefits for consumers

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BEIS

Open consultation: Smart meter policy framework post 2020

We are consulting on a number of proposals to help inform the policy framework for energy suppliers to continue installing smart meters after 31 December 2020, when the current rollout duty ends. This includes proposals for changing the Smart Energy Code (SEC) to modify the way in which the Data Communications Company (DCC) charges for its services after 2020.

Additionally, we are seeking more general views on:

  • the future of coordinated consumer engagement activity beyond 2020, in the context of increasing numbers of households and small businesses having smart meters
  • potential future policy measures to complement any policy framework post 2020 including initiatives to ensure that consumer benefits are maintained.
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BEIS

Research and analysis: Potential to improve load factor of offshore wind farms in the UK to 2035

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Eon Energy

Enoch Hill Wind Farm application approved

E.ON has welcomed the approval of its application for Enoch Hill Wind Farm by the Scottish Government following a Public Inquiry. The 16-turbine site will be located west of New Cumnock in East Ayrshire and will be capable of producing around 54.4MW of electricity.

Simon Lejeune, Project Manager, at E.ON said: “We’re delighted that the Scottish ministers have granted consent for our wind farm proposal at Enoch Hill.

“We’ve worked for several years to design this project, during which time we’ve taken on board considerations from many stakeholders as well as feedback from the local community. We look forward to working closely with the Council and local residents going forward.”

Since launching its Enoch Hill proposals in 2012, E.ON has worked closely with the local community and undertaken extensive consultation to understand any concerns. E.ON will continue to work with them via the Community Liaison Group for the next stage of this project.

Further detailed information regarding Enoch Hill is available here.

E.ON already owns more than 20 onshore and offshore wind farms in the UK, as well as biomass plants in Scotland and South Yorkshire, and has invested more than £3.3 billion in UK renewables in the last decade.

E.ON built its first wind farm on Anglesey in 1992 and was a partner in the UK’s first offshore wind farm – Blyth in Northumberland – in 2000.

Earlier this year the company announced that all residential customers are now provided with a source of electricity backed entirely by 100% renewable sources. More than three million homes now have an electricity supply matched by renewable sources including wind, biomass and solar – the largest offering of its type to date in the UK.

Visit eonenergy.com/renewable to find out how E.ON can help customers find an energy solution that is smart, sustainable and personalised for them. 

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BEIS

Press release: Nationwide government events launched to help businesses get ready for Brexit

  • New Brexit Business Readiness Events Roadshow gets underway as part of the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign
  • Advisors from all relevant government departments will be at each event to provide practical advice and support to local businesses
  • Over 30 events spanning the UK will run for five weeks

Government advisors from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Home Office, HMRC, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be on hand for businesses to ask questions and receive advice on a range of areas where they may need to make changes to get ready for Brexit ahead of 31 October. We are encouraging businesses to make sure they are fully prepared and advice will include the importing and exporting of goods, exporting services, employing EU citizens and businesses that transfer data, and the extra support available in the local area.

The free events will combine a keynote address from senior government officials, advice stands and in-depth sessions to give businesses the information they need to get ready for Brexit. These will run over the next five weeks, with the first events taking place in Northampton on 16 September, Nottingham on 17 September, Swindon on 19 September and London on 20 September.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: 

The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October and my number one priority is ensuring businesses have the help they need to get ready for Brexit and take advantage of the opportunities beyond. 

The whole of government is stepping up a gear and increasing the pace of our preparations. Businesses have told us that they also want more face to face support and we are listening.

These local events will provide the advice they need from all relevant government teams in one place. I encourage any business who wants more information about what they need to do to attend.

Other activity to enable preparations by businesses includes:

  • An additional £2.1bn for Brexit preparations, doubling funding for this year – HMT total funding for Brexit is £6.3 billion. This includes £108 million to support businesses to get ready.
  • Making £10m available to business groups and trade associations to help them to help businesses prepare for Brexit – the ‘Brexit Readiness Fund’.
  • Setting up a new Business Finance Council to ensure small businesses get the working capital and investment they need. This is made up of senior representatives from the UK’s leading banks and alternative lenders, co-chaired by the Business Secretary and HMT.
  • Making £1.3 billion available to lenders in guarantee schemes through the government-owned British Business Bank, so they can enable their SME customers to invest in capital, increase export capabilities and manage cashflow. The British Business Bank is already providing over £6.6billion of finance to almost 90,000 SMEs.
  • Removing a key administrative burden for businesses who trade with the EU by auto-enrolling nearly 90,000 VAT-registered businesses with an essential Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) trading number. We urge non-VAT registered businesses to register for an EORI on GOV.UK – the process takes less than 10 minutes.
  • Securing agreements which cover £89 billion worth of trade and provide certainty for businesses trading with countries around the world. This has moved from £39 billion since March.
  • Advice stands will cover issues ranging from the importing and exporting of goods, exporting services, employing EU citizens and businesses that transfer data, to the support available in the local area. Government advisors will be on hand from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Home Office, HMRC, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Notes to Editors

  • Businesses are urged to search “Brexit Business Readiness Event” to register to attend
  • The website also provides up to date information on locations and venues for events
  • In most locations, sessions will run in the morning and the afternoon
  • This event is part of the largest single communications and engagement campaign undertaken by the UK government to get people ready for Brexit. More details here

Wider support for business 

  • Business Ministers have also been hosting national and regional roundtables to engage with businesses on a regular basis.  
  • A new Business Finance Council, chaired by the Business Secretary, will bring together leading lenders to ensure small businesses get the working capital and investment they need 
  • There is £1.3 billion available to lenders in guarantee schemes through the government-owned British Business Bank, so they can enable their SME customers to invest in capital, increase export capabilities and manage cashflow. And the British Business Bank is currently supporting over £6.6billion of finance to almost 90,000 smaller businesses nationwide 
  • HMRC recently announced it is auto-enrolling 88,000 VAT-registered businesses for EORI numbers so they can continue to trade with their customers in the EU after 31 October.  
  • The government has published approximately 750 pieces of communications on No Deal since August 2018, including over 100 technical notices explaining to businesses and citizens what they need to do to prepare.  
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BEIS

Guidance: Business payment practices and performance: reporting requirements

Published 31 January 2017
Last updated 13 September 2019 + show all updates

  1. 13 September 2019 Update of procedures, including additional detail and expanded questions section to reflect responses to customer queries.
  2. 11 October 2017 Businesses can now publish their reports online.
  3. 31 January 2017 First published.
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SSE

Agreement to sell SSE Energy Services to OVO

SSE plc has entered into an agreement to sell its SSE Energy Services business to OVO Energy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of OVO Group Limited, at an enterprise value of £500m comprising £400m cash and £100m in loan notes.

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BEIS

National Statistics: Renewables obligation: certificates and generation, May 2019