Policy paper: Magnox Inquiry: information protocol

This document sets out how the Magnox Inquiry team will request information from the NDA and how the NDA will respond. It also sets out how that information will be held and used once in the possession of the inquiry.

The Magnox Inquiry is looking into the award of the Magnox decommissioning contract by the NDA and its subsequent termination.

Data Protection Act (DPA): the Magnox Inquiry is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner (registration: ZA255516).

Policy paper: Magnox Inquiry: evidence gathering protocol

This document explains how the Magnox Inquiry team will handle evidence-gathering interviews and the inclusion of critical comments about a person in the inquiry report.

The Magnox Inquiry is looking into the award of the Magnox decommissioning contract by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and its subsequent termination.

Data Protection Act (DPA): the Magnox Inquiry is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner (registration: ZA255516).

Policy paper: Upgrading our energy system: smart systems and flexibility plan

This plan outlines 29 actions the government, Ofgem and industry will take to:

  • remove barriers to smart technologies (such as storage and demand-side response)
  • enable smart homes and businesses
  • improve access to energy markets for new technologies and business models

These actions are designed to reduce the costs of the energy system, and help keep energy bills low for consumers.

See the related call for evidence and the response from government and Ofgem.

Policy paper: Space Industry Bill: policy scoping notes

Updated: Policy notes document amended to include accident investigation (clause 19) and security regulations (clause 22).

These policy scoping notes set out how the government intends to exercise the delegated powers in the Space Industry Bill. They identify the provisions in the bill that confer the power to make delegated legislation and outline both the policy intent and proposed content of these regulations.

The Space Industry Bill makes provision to enable commercial spaceflight activities to be carried out from the UK for the first time. This will include launching small satellites into orbit and permitting manned sub-orbital operations for scientific experiments and space tourism.

Policy paper: BEIS: official development assistance – research and innovation

The UK’s official development assistance (ODA) aims to create a safer and more prosperous world by tackling the global challenges of our time:

  • poverty and disease
  • mass migration
  • insecurity
  • conflict
  • climate change

These documents set out what the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) aims to achieve through our research and innovation funding.

Find out about BEIS ODA research and innovation funding:

Policy paper: EU (Approvals) Bill: summary factsheet

The purpose of the Bill is to approve 4 draft decisions of the Council of the European Union. This is to fulfil a requirement in section 8 of the European Union Act 2011, which requires Parliament to approve draft decisions made under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Parliamentary approval will enable the UK to vote in favour of the draft decisions.

The first draft decision relates to the participation of the Republic of Albania as an observer in the work of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The second draft decision relates to the participation of the Republic of Serbia as an observer in the work of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The third and fourth draft decisions relate to the signing and conclusion of an agreement between the EU and the government of Canada that will allow enhanced cooperation between the European Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau on competition matters.

Policy paper: Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)

The supported heat network projects provide heat to approximately 5,000 domestic customers and 50 non-domestic buildings. Of the domestic customers on the supported networks, approximately 2,500 will see bill savings against the counterfactual heat source and, of the non-domestic customers, 19 will see savings. A total of 216,324t CO2 will be saved over the next 15 years, across all 9 heat networks. Total heat supplied annually by these networks will be around 85,000 MWh/year.

Background on HNIP and pilot

Heat networks form an important part of our plan to reduce carbon and cut heating bills for customers (domestic and commercial). They provide a unique opportunity to exploit larger scale – and often lower cost – renewable and recovered heat sources that otherwise cannot be used. These sources include heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, from canals and rivers or energy from waste plants.

The £320m Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) capital investment programme is expected to support up to 200 projects by 2021 through grants and loans and other mechanisms and to lever in up to £2bn of wider investment, reducing bills, cutting carbon and forming a key part of wider urban regeneration in many locations. A consultation was carried out on this funding in 2016:

Details of the HNIP pilot:

The HNIP pilot ran from October 2016 to March 2017. Learning from the pilot is shaping the design and delivery of the main HNIP funding scheme which BEIS aims to launch by the end of 2017. For the pilot phase, applications were limited to local authorities (and other public sector bodies). We expect that the main scheme will have a wider scope. Eligible sponsors could include the private sector, community groups and not-for-profit groups (see consultation for more options).

Many of the successful projects were supported by BEIS’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU). HNDU was set up to provide support (grant funding and guidance) to local authorities in England and Wales to progress the development stages of heat networks projects from heat mapping through to early commercialisation.

HNDU’s Round 7 funding is open until December 2017, subject to budget availability. For more information on Round 7 or on previous funding rounds, see Heat networks delivery funding or email the Heat Networks Delivery Unit at hndu@decc.gsi.gov.uk.