Guidance: Steel public procurement pipeline

Contains information on the government’s expected steel requirements in England. This information will make it easier for UK steel producers to plan and bid for government contracts. The data shows how the government plans to use 3 million tonnes of steel in the next 5 years on infrastructure projects such as:

  • High Speed 2 (HS2)
  • the construction of Hinkley Point
  • the maintenance and upgrading of the UK’s motorway network

This publication lists only projects involving a significant quantity of steel. For a wider assessment of planned investment in infrastructure across the public and private sectors, please see the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline.

Guidance: CHPQA Workshop and Seminar – 2017

The CHPQA Programme held three events in Oxfordshire, for existing and potential owners and operators of CHP. A workshop was held in the morning and seminar in the afternoon of each day.

The Workshop

The Workshop was very ‘hands on’ with the focus being on what Responsible Persons need to do to obtain CHPQA certification for new and existing schemes and then, once certified, what they need to do to obtain the fiscal benefits.

The Seminar

The seminar was presentation based with the speakers covering legislation/policy relevant to CHPQA and the latest measures and developments impacting on conventional and renewable CHP.

The presentations delivered during the workshop and seminar are available above.

Guidance: Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition

Updated: Competition Information event slidepack added

The government is planning to commit up to £8.8 million to develop innovative approaches to energy management using smart meter data, tailored to the needs of smaller non-domestic sites.

The Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition aims to drive innovation in the energy services market in 3 priority non-domestic sectors:

  • hospitality
  • retail
  • and schools.

The competition will help such non-domestic organisations cut their energy costs and be more energy efficient, enabling them to boost productivity and contribute to UK emissions reduction targets. It will also develop and strengthen the market for energy management products and services for smaller non-domestic sites, including both independent businesses and chains.

Up to 9 projects, distributed across these 3 sectors, will be selected to receive initial funding to develop innovative energy management solutions using smart meter data.

Competition Details

Details about the competition are set out in the Invitation to Tender.

For more information, please email

Information day

The accompanying slidepack was presented at an Information event held on 30 November 2017. It covers:

  • An overview of the competition context and objectives
  • A summary of non-domestic sector research
  • Insights from specialists in retail, hospitality and schools
  • An overview of smart meter data
  • Details of the competition design and process

Smart metering in non-domestic premises: early research findings

BEIS commissioned research that sought to understand how smaller non-domestic organisations use energy and manage energy consumption, including how they use smart meter data.

The study used a cluster (grouping) based method, which classified smaller non-domestic organisations by how they use energy. It identified 3 high-impact sectors that offer material energy savings: retail, hospitality and schools. The research also showed that smart meter data has the potential to prompt organisations into taking action provided they know how to interpret it within the context of their own operations and a cost effective solution is available. In addition it highlighted the importance of the way organisations are engaged prior to, during and after smart meter installation.

Smart metering in non-domestic premises: early research findings

The Research Executive Summary and Overview Report have direct relevance to this competition.

Guidance: Catapult programme: evaluation framework

The Catapult programme is a network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres that encourage UK businesses, scientists and engineers to work together. The centres encourage world-leading science and innovation by developing ideas into commercial products and services, creating economic growth.

To fully understand how the programme is working, it is essential to measure each existing and future Catapult centre’s:

  • performance against their main objectives
  • contribution to businesses, academia and the wider research sector

The paper includes:

  • evaluation objectives
  • innovation evaluation challenges
  • expected evaluation methods
  • required data collection

Guidance: Guidance for applicants seeking a certificate for an exemption from a proportion of the indirect costs of funding Contracts for Difference (CFD)

A number of policies have been developed to increase the share of electricity generated from renewable sources. Specifically the government has put in place the Contracts for Difference (CFD) scheme, amongst other schemes, to incentivise renewable energy supplied through the National Grid. The costs of funding the CFD scheme are recovered through levies on suppliers and these are ultimately passed on to domestic and industrial consumers’ bills.

The government recognises that, in the short to medium term, the resulting increase in retail electricity prices risks reducing the competitiveness of the UK’s most electricity-intensive businesses where they are operating in internationally competitive markets. To address this, the government has developed an exemption scheme to exempt those energy intensive industries whose competitiveness may be most at risk. The document provides guidance for those businesses applying for a CFD exemption.

Please use the forms available on the Contract for Difference exemption, and Renewables Obligation and small scale Feed-in Tariffs compensation: application forms page to apply for the exemption.

Read the consultation and government response:

Energy-intensive industries: exemption from indirect costs of the Contracts for Difference scheme.

Guidance: European Structural and Investment Funds: case studies

Updated: Updated the ESF case study booklet 2017.

European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme is funding for projects that create jobs and supports local growth. The funds include:

  • the European Social Fund
  • the European Regional Development Fund
  • part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development helps with improving the environment and improving farming and forestry competitiveness. It also supports rural businesses to grow and expand, improve knowledge and skills and get started. Read more information about the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Guidance: The Private Rented Property minimum standard – landlord guidance documents

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. These requirements will then apply to all private rented properties in England and Wales – even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements – from 1 April 2020 for domestic properties, and from 1 April 2023 for non-domestic properties.

Original version of the Regulations

The Regulations were subsequently amended in June 2016 to postpone the dates on which the Private Rented Sector Exemptions Register will open to domestic and non-domestic landlords.

The domestic property regulations will be enforced by Local Authorities. The non-domestic property regulations will be enforced by Local Weights and Measures Authorities.

These guidance documents are aimed at landlords, Local Authorities, Local Weights and Measures Authorities and others with an interest in the private rental sector, such as letting agents and other property management service providers. The documents provide guidance and advice on:

  • Scope of the regulations: the steps a landlord should take to determine whether their property is covered by the regulations, and the steps they should take to ensure their property complies with the minimum level of energy efficiency;
  • Relevant improvements: how a landlord can identify appropriate energy efficiency improvements for their property;
  • No-upfront Cost Funding (domestic only): how a landlord can investigate availability of no-cost funding to cover the cost of improving a domestic property;
  • Cost effectiveness (non-domestic only): how a landlord can determine whether particular improvements would be cost effective to install in a non-domestic property;
  • Exemptions and exclusions: the exemptions framework and the steps a landlord should take to register a valid exemption;
  • Enforcement: the enforcement framework and the options open to enforcement authorities when policing compliance with the minimum standards, including information on fines and other penalty options;
  • The appeals framework: landlord appeals will be heard by the First-tier Tribunal, part of the court system administered by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; the guidance discusses the steps a landlord will need to take to lodge an appeal, and how that process will be managed.

The National PRS Exemptions Register

Where a landlord believes that an F or G EPC rated property they rent qualifies for an exemption from the minimum energy efficiency standard, an exemption must be registered on the National PRS Exemptions Register. The register service is currently running as a pilot. Landlords who wish to register an exemption for a domestic or non-domestic property as part of this pilot should e-mail the BEIS minimum standards team at

Guidance: BEIS Quality Assurance (QA) modelling: Excel template

Part of the BEIS range of tools and guidance to help people with Quality Assurance of analytical models. Using this template to set up your Excel model, will reduce the time for new users to familiarise themselves with the model and reduce QA time by 15%. This template provides all the mandatory logs and tables in a single document, and guidance to develop and document your model following best practice.

Guidance: BEIS Model Report Template

Part of the BEIS range of tools and guidance to help people with Quality Assurance of analytical models. This template provides comprehensive coverage of the key information to understand a model. Using the Model Report Template meets the documentation requirements of the QA Log.