Open consultation: Downstream oil supply resilience

We are consulting on possible new measures to maintain the security of fuel supply to consumers. The proposed measures would apply to companies operating in the downstream oil sector and form part of a wider package of proposed reforms to government’s approach to the protection of critical infrastructure.

These proposals are consistent with the department’s objective of ensuring that the UK has secure and reliable energy supplies, and our ongoing work with the sector on fuel supply resilience.

This consultation seeks views on proposals to improve fuel supply resilience in the following areas:

  • Monitor - to enable BEIS to collect information from the downstream oil sector to better understand the impact of potential disruptive events, and to use the information to support industry in improving fuel resilience
  • Protect - to align this sector with protections that apply in other critical service sectors, by enabling government to ensure that new owners of critical fuel infrastructure are financially sound and operationally capable; and to take government spending power to enable government to support supply resilience improvements and schemes
  • Insure - to enable industry to create and operate collective, sector-wide industry-led schemes to maintain fuel supply in case normal supply arrangements are seriously disrupted; and a power to direct individual companies to participate in such schemes and take other action that may be necessary to ensure resilience

The purpose of the consultation is to gain a formal view from industry and other interested parties on the proposals in this consultation document, and your ideas as to how these proposals can be improved.

Open consultation: National security and infrastructure investment review

This green paper is the result of the government’s review of the Enterprise Act 2002 and its powers in relation to foreign investment and national security. It sets out the approach the government proposes to take in both the short and long term. We will use your responses to the green paper to develop these proposals further.

The consultation is split into 2 parts.

Part 1

In the short term, we propose to amend the turnover threshold and share of supply tests within the Enterprise Act 2002. This is to allow government to examine and potentially intervene in mergers that currently fall outside the thresholds in 2 areas:

  • the dual use and military use sector
  • parts of the advanced technology sector

Part 1 of the consultation lasts 4 weeks, closing on 14 November 2017.

Part 2

The second part of the green paper seeks views about potential long-term reforms that government should take to its approach to ensuring that investments and takeovers cannot raise national security concerns.

Part 2 of the consultation lasts 12 weeks, closing on 9 January 2018.

Open consultation: The operational transition of smart meters, including draft legal text

The SMETS1 end date is the date after which new installations of SMETS1 meters will not count toward energy suppliers’ rollout obligations. It is currently set at 13 July 2018.

The SMETS1 end date is intended to support and incentivise an efficient transition to SMETS2 meters. For suppliers with significant SMETS1 rollouts already underway, we recognise that despite detailed planning, a smooth transition to installing exclusively SMETS2 meters at scale may take time.

This would potentially create a temporary reduction in the rollout and / or result in additional costs for suppliers’ after the end date.

In recognition of this, we are consulting on policy options designed to provide additional flexibility to install a limited number of SMETS1 meters for a limited time period after the SMETS1 end date.

Government’s preferred option would be a derogation that would be available to suppliers who meet a set of eligibility and evidence criteria, set out in our consultation document.

Open consultation: The operational transition of smart meters, including draft legal text

The SMETS1 end date is the date after which new installations of SMETS1 meters will not count toward energy suppliers’ rollout obligations. It is currently set at 13 July 2018.

The SMETS1 end date is intended to support and incentivise an efficient transition to SMETS2 meters. For suppliers with significant SMETS1 rollouts already underway, we recognise that despite detailed planning, a smooth transition to installing exclusively SMETS2 meters at scale may take time.

This would potentially create a temporary reduction in the rollout and / or result in additional costs for suppliers’ after the end date.

In recognition of this, we are consulting on policy options designed to provide additional flexibility to install a limited number of SMETS1 meters for a limited time period after the SMETS1 end date.

Government’s preferred option would be a derogation that would be available to suppliers who meet a set of eligibility and evidence criteria, set out in our consultation document.

Open consultation: Streamlined energy and carbon reporting

Updated: Impact Assessment published

This consultation seeks views on the UK government’s proposals for Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting within the Companies Act 2006 business reporting framework. We are keen to hear from businesses and others how this can best be designed.

This consultation is asking for views on:

  • mandatory annual reporting and disclosure of energy and carbon information through Company Accounts
  • who these requirements should apply to
  • reporting of cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities, such as those identified through ESOS audits, and action taken on these
  • complementary disclosures
  • electronic reporting

Our impact assessment provides estimates of average annual energy savings, energy cost savings to companies and the change in overall annual administrative burdens on businesses. We are keen to receive additional evidence on costs and benefits to business of our proposals. We would also like to gather evidence on additional reporting policy features that might be added in the future.

SECR Launch Event

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be holding a launch event on the morning of Thursday 9 November, at the BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET.

Further information will be circulated in due course.

RSVP

To secure a place please email reporting@beis.gov.uk by Monday 6 November

We ask that members reserve a maximum of two tickets per organisation due to limited seating.

Open consultation: Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme

Updated: Consultation events added

Government plans to introduce a support programme to increase industry confidence in identifying and investing in opportunities for recovering and reusing waste heat from industrial processes and increase the deployment of recoverable heat technologies in industry. This will allow industry to re-use heat on-site or sell it to a third party, leading to the more efficient and productive use of energy, lower fuel bills or a new revenue stream for industry, and a reduction in carbon emissions.

The purpose of this consultation is to:

  • test the proposed design of the Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme (IHRS)
  • gather additional evidence on the enablers and barriers to recovering industrial waste heat, to ensure the scheme is appropriately designed and maximises value for money
  • start to identify a potential pipeline of projects from across industry sectors

This consultation is open to all and we would especially encourage responses from manufacturing/industrial companies, trade associations, technology providers, energy service companies and academics.

Consultation Events Autumn 2017

We’re holding 3 consultation workshops in collaboration with the KTN, to review and validate the proposed Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme which has an aspiration to support a number of heat recovery demonstrators across England and Wales.

We’re looking for participants from industrial / manufacturing companies, trade associations, technology providers, energy service companies and academics, but would encourage any interested parties to attend.

Date Location More detail and registration
31 October Birmingham Find out more and register here
15 November Teeside, Darlington Find out more and register here
21 November Cardiff Find out more and register here

Open consultation: Revised requirements for radiological protection: regulation of public exposures and the justification of practices

The 2013 Euratom Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59/EURATOM) lays down safety standards for protecting against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation.

We’re seeking views on the proposals for implementing the requirements of the Directive in relation to planned and existing public exposure situations and the justification of practices involving ionising radiation.

The proposals will be of particular interest to a wide range of commercial and public sector organisations, including hospitals, universities, the nuclear industry and other industries that work with radioactive substances or which generate or manage radioactive waste.

There are a number of supporting documents included with this consultation:

  • the impact assessment details the economic and environmental benefits associated with the government’s regulatory decisions
  • Schedule 23 to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, marked with proposed draft amendments for comment, to be read alongside the consultation proposals
  • BEIS will also publish during the course of this consultation the proposed draft amendments to the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004 for comment

Policy proposals setting out changes to the Radioactive Contaminated Land (RCL) regime are presented in this consultation. BEIS will consult separately on updated RCL statutory guidance and amendments to the RCL legislation following consideration of the results of this consultation.

A further set of regulations, implementing a handful of miscellaneous policy proposals in this consultation, will also be prepared. We don’t propose to consult on these regulations.

We will notify interested parties when the draft amendments to the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations are released and when the consultation on the RCL statutory guidance and amendments to the RCL regime is launched.

Open consultation: Revised requirements for radiological protection: emergency preparedness and response

This consultation is relevant to those working with radiological material, in particular where an emergency as a result of that work with radiological material might have an impact on the public.

Emergency planners working in local authorities will also have an interest in the topics on which we are consulting.

Open consultation: Assessment and Design Fees: consultation on draft regulations

Government believes that allowing distribution network operators (DNOs) to charge upfront Assessment & Design (A&D) fees when processing connection requests to the electricity distribution network, will help ensure a fairer sharing of costs between customers and help improve the efficiency of the overall connection process.

We’re seeking comments on the draft Statutory Instrument (The Electricity (Connection Offer Expenses) Regulations 2017), which will enable DNOs to charge these fees.

We would like views on the proposed approach, our assessment of the economic impacts, and the draft Statutory Instrument, from those with an interest in distribution network connections, for example, generators, property and commercial developers, local authorities and development bodies, and community energy bodies.

The consultation document also responds to comments made as part of the earlier Call for Evidence on Assessment and Design Fees.

Open consultation: Controlling the costs of biomass conversion and co-firing under the Renewables Obligation

We’re seeking views from interested parties on proposals for controlling the costs of non-grandfathered biomass conversion and co-firing units under the Renewables Obligation, to apply from 1 April 2018 (subject to the outcome of this consultation and Parliamentary approval). The two options proposed are a generator cap or a re-banding of support levels.

The draft Impact Assessment contains an initial assessment of the net impacts of the proposals.

We are seeking views on both possible approaches and their likely impacts ahead of a final decision.