Energy policy in 2017
With the Political agenda in 2017 likely to be dominated by the UK leaving the European Union, and increased energy policy rhetoric to reduce consumer bills, we look ahead at developments in Energy policy for 2017. Key developments include:
- The Emissions Reduction Plan, which is now expected in Q1, will set out how the Government intends to keep on track for meeting its carbon budget targets throughout the 2020s. Policies expect to include heating, transport, power and housing sectors.
- The “smarter energy systems” plan, expected in spring, examines the future of the electricity network and the development of technologies such as energy storage, smart meters and electric and low emission vehicles.
- The long term future of the Levy Control Framework will be set out, which the Government pledged in the 2017 Budget.
- Information on the Energy Company Obligation transition proposals (2017-2018) are expected early in the year along with a consultation on the long term framework for the scheme (2018-2022)
- Implementation will begin of recommendations in the ‘Each Home Counts’ review (Bonfield Review) dealing with standards and consumer protection in the energy efficiency and renewables sector.
- The Improving Air Quality consultation will seek views for how to reduce emissions from medium combustion plants and generators. The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is to be drafted with the aim to introduce cost effective emission controls on new plants from December 2018 and existing plants in 2025.
- Changes to Building regulations, in particular amendments to Part L 2016 which will focus on building controls and energy efficiency. This will also include the minimum boiler efficiency standards.
The complete Ecuity document can be found here: Energy Policy in 2017
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