Posts Tagged ‘decc’

EON seeks opt out on CCS deadline. (11th May)

In EON strategy on May 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

A recent DECC press release had two main points:

  1. No new ccs without some ccs.
  2. Remainder of plant not fitted with ccs must adopt the technology when independently deemed ‘economically and technologically proven’.

That first point is clear. The second point tries to have it both ways and neither the energy companies nor civil society are happy.

Energy companies are already working on watering down the second point.

Energy companies will lobby the government for a get-out clause from the deadline to fully fit carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to new coal plants by 2025 because they are worried it might not work in time.

Companies, including German-owned groups E.ON and RWE npower, want guarantees that they will not be forced to close their coal-fired plants in 2025 if the technology has not been proven by then.

So this is the next battle that has to be won before the uk can officailly claim to be beyond coal.


Ed Miliband: All new coal will need portion of CCS (23rd April)

In Ed Milliband on May 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

DECC put out a press release on the 23rd of April which dashed the hopes of the construction industry which had been hoping for a series of new coal plants in the UK.

  • No new coal plants are to be built without some Carbon Capture and Storage.
  • The remainder of any plant built will have to be fitted with CCS  within 5 years of it being judged ‘technically and economically proven‘.

The first point puts an end to people just carrying on business as usual. The second point could, in practice, mean that ccs will be forced on companies in the near term or they could be left alone indefinetly. The second point is a cop-out. Which E.ON and uk civil society have already started fighting over.

Full statement bellow.

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Ed Miliband on UK Coal and CCS

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

Ed Miliband has been speaking to the Department of Energy and Climate Change Committee.

When: Wednesday 25 February at 9.15am ended at 11.17am

Where: Department of Energy and Climate Change Committee

On What:  Coal power, energy and climate change.

Notes:  not yet online

Video: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=3495

Related:  Ed Crooks FT 25th FebEd Crooks, Fyona Harvey FT,

Govornment planning to go big on CCS?

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

According to an article in the Guardian on Feb 25th 2009 the government’s is considering a major scaling up of investment in carbon capture and storage. From what this author knows of CCS this would seem to be a misallocation of resources, however, if we are seeing a definitive shift against any new coal without CCS then this would certainly be a welcome development.

According to Chris Smith, former head of the Environment Agency, there is a battle going on over those funds.

“There is a battle going on between the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Treasury to secure the necessary funds for as wide a range of demonstration projects as possible.”

Perhaps they will take a leaf out of the Conservatives book and use funding from ETS auctions to raise the funds.

“The Conservatives have said they would fund CCS demonstrations using money raised by auctioning carbon allowances under the European Emissions Trading System.”

A couple of things concern me about this.  I think the money could be better spent on renewables. The govornment has often used hyperbole when describing CCS but the environmental audit committe amongst others has been critical of its complete lack of commmitment.  If –as i suspect, ccs proves to be very expensive and to remain so, and to be vulberable to increasing coal prices, then we may all wish that funds had been better spent on renewables, which only get cheaper with volume of production, the opposite of fossil fuels.

Ed Milliband on New Coal

In Ed Milliband on December 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Ed Milliband has just said some fairly disturbing things in the Financial Times.

He chose the security of supply angle. Despite the fact that renewables are entirely domestic. Security of supply is a cipher for traditional old innovation lacking technology that isnt gas i.e coal.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the energy secretary stated: “I will not take a position which ignores our security of supply needs.”

Perhaps most tellingly, he attacked the plans that the Tories have (supported by greenpeace and others)

He attacked the opposition Tories’ “knee jerk” and “not thought through” call for a ban on construction of new stations until technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions – as yet unproven on a commercial scale – is installed.

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Ed Milliband on New Coal

In Ed Milliband on December 21, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Ed Milliband gave a speach at Imperial College London (PDF) on Dec 9th 2008.

An excerpt bellow…

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