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NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Feb 27, 2019

New report urges UK EV industry to prioritise consumer ease of using public charging points

A new report and position paper released today from the REA is making the case that greater ‘interoperability’ between EV charging networks in the UK should be an industry priority.

The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean tech, representing around 70 companies operating in the UK’s EV charging sector including energy suppliers, manufacturers, charge point installers and operators, and financiers.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Feb 18, 2019

REA Welcomes Government’s proposals to reform waste system

Earlier today the Government announced their plans to overhaul the waste system through a series of consultations. The four consultations focus on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system, consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England, introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and introducing a tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content.This comes exactly two months after the Resource and Waste Strategy was published promising to introduce mandatory food waste collections by 2023.


Drax to capture up to a tonne of CO2 each day as part of their world-first BECCS pilot

Drax has announced that the first carbon dioxide has been captured as part of their bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot. This is the first-time carbon dioxide has been captured from the combustion of 100% biomass feedstock anywhere in the world. The pilot has been capturing up to a tonne of CO2 a day which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.


REA comments on The Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Energy Storage report

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published their Grid-Scale Storage: Can it solve the intermittency problem? report. The report claims that the lack of suitable storage technologies means that intermittent renewables cannot replace dispatchable coal, gas and nuclear power. The report also adds that due to this, a sensible energy policy cannot be based on them.


ENA introduce new standardised process for charge points in all types of properties and businesses

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has introduced a new standardised process that will cut the paperwork required for charge point installations. The standardised process covers all types of properties and businesses and will be the first time that commercial properties have been included.The process will also cover connecting heat pumps to local networks.


GHG emissions have fallen 42% since 1990 amid Government’s £6m pledge supporting green taxis

New data published today by BEIS has found that total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions have fallen by 42% between 1990 and 2017 with a 38% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.The data also found that between 2016 and 2017, energy supply and the residential sector saw the largest reductions in emissions at 8% and 4% respectively. Further analysis from Carbon Brief has found that without shifts towards renewable power generation and energy-efficiency, carbon emissions could have been double that of the 1990 statistics.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jan 21, 2019

REA launches bioenergy review with new Call for Evidence

The REA has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the UK. Bioenergy is energy generated from bio-based fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. The review comes shortly after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) estimated bioenergy’s contribution to UK total energy could more than double by 2050. The International Energy Agency (IEA) described bioenergy as ‘the overlooked giant of renewables’. The review is expected to form a new policy strategy for government and industry, outlining how bioenergy can fulfil its long-term potential in a low-carbon energy mix..

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jan 17, 2019

Greg Clark reaffirms the potential of renewables

In a speech made earlier today regarding the suspension of the Hitachi nuclear programme, Secretary of State Greg Clark claimed that renewable technologies are not only ‘cheap, but also readily available.’ This comes just two months after claiming ‘cheap power is now green power’ in his speech After the Trilemma.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jan 14, 2019

BEIS release positive proposals on planning for energy storage devices

Earlier today the Government released their Treatment of Electricity Storage Within the Planning System consultation. The proposals will mean that co-located storage and renewables projects in England will not need to go through the time-consuming national planning process if either the capacity of the storage element is less than 50MW or the capacity excluding any electricity storage is less than 50MW. This is an issue that the REA has campaigned for action on over the past few years.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jan 14, 2019

REA response to Clean Air Strategy

Government have today released the Clean Air Strategy. This follows on from a draft proposal and consultation in May 2018. Whilst the REA welcome the ambitions of the Clean Air Strategy, we urge the Government to commit to strong sector specific policies and take into account contemporary evidence on the role of bioenergy in meeting carbon targets. The REA urge the Government to focus on alternative courses of action to improve urban air quality through the uptake of electric vehicles and renewable transport fuels. 

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jan 11, 2019

REA comments on the Government’s response to the BEIS Committee EV inquiry

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee have published the Government’s response to their report, ‘Electric vehicles: driving the transition’. The response follows on from the publication of the report in October 2018 which called for an early ban on new petrol and diesel car sales and more action on interoperability. The REA welcomes the Government’s commitment to becoming one of the world’s best charging networks bur urges action on interoperability and standardisation of charge point payments, consumer protection and the grid.


New Era for solar and decentralised energy as Export Tariff proposals are announced

This morning the Government released their Future for small-scale low-carbon generation: A consultation on a Smart Export Guarantee. Proposals in the consultation include compensation for small-scale generators for the value of their exported electricity, a new framework which allows the market to develop and increasing the role of small-scale generators in a smarter energy system through the use of smart meters and time of use tariffs. The REA campaigned for the introduction of a market based solution such as this in their response to the Call for Evidence on Support for Small Scale Power last year.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Oct 29, 2018

Concern over lack of support for renewable energy industry in Autumn Budget

The Autumn Budget is a missed opportunity for the Government to show their support to the renewable energy deployment and clean growth.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Oct 23, 2018

UK goes without coal for a record breaking two months

The UK has run for more than 1600 hours without coal power so far in 2018.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Oct 19, 2018

BEIS Committee EV report rightly calls for focus on deployment

Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Committee releases their report ‘Electric vehicles: driving the transition’

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Oct 16, 2018

REA announces partnership with ITT Hub event in 2020

Renewable Energy Association joins the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership in backing ITT Hub 2020 event.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Oct 12, 2018

WHA Calls for Stronger Enforcement of Smoke Control Laws and Raising Public Awareness to Address Air

The WHA welcomes the Governments focus on addressing genuine air quality concerns arising from the domestic burning of solid Fuels and wood, however, believe proposals will only improve air quality if they focus on stronger enforcement of the existing rules and better public education, especially in urban areas. The Smoke Control Act already provides powers to Local Authorities and Government to ban the use of these polluting technologies in Smoke Control Areas.