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Detailed guide: Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project

The Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale roll-out of heat pumps in Great Britain by installing them in a representative range of 750 homes. Additionally new products and services have been designed to overcome some of the barriers to deployment.

Project objectives

The project objectives are to:

  • develop, test and evaluate innovative products and services that increase the appeal of heat pumps and identify optimal solutions for a wide range of homes
  • demonstrate that heat pumps, including gas-electric hybrids, can deliver high consumer satisfaction across a wide range of consumers in Great Britain
  • demonstrate the practical and technical feasibility of heat pumps, including gas-electric hybrids, across Great Britain’s diverse housing stock
  • capture learning from the project to help improve awareness across the heating supply chain, raise acceptance and support wider deployment of heat pumps in Great Britain

Project delivery

Approximately £16.5 million will be made available as part of the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme’s Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project.

The project will install and monitor 750 heat pumps across a representative range of housing archetypes, with the majority on the gas grid.

Key roles

The tender process for these appointments will ensure bids are evaluated fairly and transparently, in accordance with the agreed assessment criteria. The invitation to tender (ITT) specification will contain further details of the criteria and processes.

Management contractor

This post will manage and coordinate the project on behalf of BEIS. The contract was awarded in November 2019.

Delivery contractors

We expect to publish an invitation to tender for 3 delivery contractors in December 2019.

Evaluation contractor

This independent role will evaluate the overall delivery of the project against the agreed performance indicators and metrics. We expect to publish an invitation to tender for the evaluation contractor in December 2019.

Apply to participate

Members of the public will be able to participate in the project, which will install free heat pumps and energy efficiency upgrades (where appropriate) in eligible homes across selected areas of Great Britain. Further details on how to take part will be announced here in early 2020.

Contact

For any query about the project, contact heatpumpdemo@beis.gov.uk.

Contract wind: E.ON and RWE complete renewable power supply agreement

E.ON and RWE Renewables have announced a new 2.5-year agreement on purchasing the output of more than 20 British wind farms, supplying sustainable power to the grid and supporting E.ON’s commitment to provide 100% renewable power for its UK customers.

With this power purchase agreement (PPA) E.ON buys around 3TWh of power annually from wind farms around Great Britain which are operated by RWE. It covers a capacity of 892MW of onshore and offshore wind generation and includes a proportion of the London Array, currently the world’s second largest offshore wind farm.

Earlier this year E.ON announced it was providing all of its residential customers across Britain with an electricity supply backed by 100% renewable sources – on all tariffs, as standard, and at no extra cost.

Renewable-Static-InfographicThe wind farms were originally built by E.ON as part of the company’s £3.3bn investment in UK renewables over the last decade. Ownership transferred to RWE at the start of October as part of the asset swap deal in which E.ON Group took over RWE’s stake in Innogy in return for E.ON’s major renewable energy activities, amongst other things.

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK Chief Executive, said: “A significant element of our commitment to providing all our residential customers with renewable electricity – a change at a scale never seen before in Britain – was the fact we have invested more than £3.3bn in renewable energy in the UK in recent years.

“We have now secured the power coming from all those wind farms, as well as similar arrangements we have with more than a dozen independent generators around the country, which means our customers can continue to enjoy an electricity supply backed by UK renewables. But the future of energy doesn’t stop here – to combat the climate emergency we are now focusing on helping our customers to better manage their energy through smart, personalised and sustainable technologies such as solar and battery technology, heat pumps and electric vehicle chargers.”

RWE Renewables, the newest subsidiary of RWE has an installed capacity of more than 9GW. Added to this are further assets with a combined capacity of 2.6GW under construction that will be completed in the near future. RWE Renewables is actively seeking corporate PPAs for this capacity.

Tom Glover, Chief Commercial Officer RWE Renewables, said: “Great Britain, where we already operate over 2,000MW of renewable energy plants, is a very attractive market for RWE due to its well-functioning framework. PPAs as are an extremely important instrument that help to achieve renewable build-out targets and offer stability for all parties involved.”

Growing renewable energy is the clear focus of RWE. The world’s No. 2 in offshore wind and Europe’s No. 3 in renewable energy electricity – these positions intends the company to consolidate and strengthen. RWE will provide an annual 1.5 billion euros in net capital expenditure. The company has also set out its goal to become a carbon neutral company within the next 20 years.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are widely regarded as one of the most viable methods for companies and energy suppliers to secure long-term price certainty and meet challenging sustainability targets in a cost-effective way.

E.ON’s announcement in July, moving more than 3.3 million homes to an electricity supply matched by renewable sources including wind, biomass and solar, is the largest of its type to date in the UK, significantly increasing the number of households in the country backed by 100% renewable electricity.

The electricity used by customers is matched with 100% renewable electricity sourced externally through such things as renewable electricity guarantee of origin certificates from the likes of wind, biomass and solar sources. These certificates guarantee that the same amount of renewable electricity was generated to the amount supplied.

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News story: Flooding in England

The Environment Agency (EA), emergency responders and local authorities are helping to protect people and properties following the flooding in:

  • Yorkshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Lincolnshire

River levels in the River Don around Doncaster remain high and flood warnings, meaning there is still a risk of flooding, remain in place.

Approximately 14,400 properties have been protected by flood defences, including nearly 5,000 properties in South Yorkshire. Sadly, over 800 properties have been affected by floods and people have been evacuated from properties in Bentley and Fishlake in Doncaster.

What you need to do

Communities are urged to continue to:

Further rain is forecast on Thursday and Friday which could bring further severe water and river flooding to those areas already affected by floods and cause flooding in other parts of the country.

How we are responding

Over 300 EA staff are working 24/7 around the country. Our incident rooms are open and we are working with the military to put up temporary flood barriers and move sandbags to areas across South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

We have also deployed 39 pumps across five locations to pump away water as soon as water levels allow.

In Fishlake, five ultra-high volume pumps are fully operational and pumping out 16 cubic metres of water per second. Environment Agency teams have now deployed more than 2,200 sandbags in affected areas.

We are working closely with partners including local authorities, Defra and the military to support the cross-government effort.

Read the latest news and advice from the EA.

Cross-government support – announcements

The Government announced on 12 November 2019 further support for people and businesses in areas affected by recent flooding.

An additional 100 UK Armed Forces personnel will also be deployed to South Yorkshire to help support the recovery effort.

Under the Flood Recovery Framework, the Government will provide funding to support the recovery efforts of local councils where households and businesses have been affected by the severe weather.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will provide a Community Recovery Grant to local councils – equivalent to £500 per eligible household - to help communities with their immediate recovery.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will provide funding for a Business Recovery Grant. This will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business which has suffered severe impacts from the floods that cannot be recovered from insurance.

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ENGIE, DLVA and Air Liquide are entering into an ambitious partnership to produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale.

ENGIE, the Durance, Luberon, Verdon urban area (DLVA) and Air Liquide are signing a cooperation agreement to develop the “HyGreen Provence” project. which aims at producing , storing and distributing green hydrogen.

Initiated in 2017, “HyGreen Provence” will make it possible to develop and validate the technico-economic conditions for the production of 1,300 GWh of solar electricity, equivalent to the annual residential consumption of about 450,000 people, together with the production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysis.

The project will be developed in several phases with the first deliverables envisaged by the end of 2021 and a possible final phase in 2027. Eventually, several tens of thousands of metric tons of renewable hydrogen could be produced in this way every year to meet a very broad spectrum of uses.

The DLVA urban area region, which comprises 25 municipalities and 65,000 inhabitants, has considerable advantageous resources for this project, including one of France’s most favourable levels of sunshine (an average of 1,450 hours per year), substantial land availability and the presence of a salt cavity storage site able to accommodate the large-scale centralised production of renewable hydrogen.

ENGIE and Air Liquide, partners committed to the development of hydrogen solutions, have decided to join forces in the project, alongside the DLVA urban area region, by combining their strengths:

  • ENGIE’s expertise in the implementation of zero-carbon solutions for its industrial customers and the regions, solutions that are based on fully renewable energy sources including hydrogen and incorporate the entire value chain (production, storage, distribution)
  • Air Liquide’s expertise in the field of hydrogen, spanning across the entire value chain, from production until final usage, and which includes in particularly in low-carbon production technologies including electrolysis
  • And the commitment of the DLVA region urban area to supporting the development of a project of a scale and nature unprecedented in France

This hydrogen will serve various uses in the areas of mobility, energy and industry, both locally and regionally. As far as mobility is concerned, hydrogen can power all types of vehicle from light motor cars to buses, utility vehicles and trucks. On the energy front, the project plans to provide heat and cooling for an urban eco-district. Lastly, hydrogen can be used in industrial processes that will benefit the entire region.

The signature of this innovative public-private partnership has been made possible by the involvement of many stakeholders committed to the zero-carbon transition. It is fully aligned with the regional initiative being undertaken by DLVA and will contribute most substantially to the development of the hydrogen sector in France.

Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, ENGIE’s Executive Vice President in charge of Renewables, says, “Entering into the partnership heralds a ground-breaking alliance between large industrial groups in France, and a local with the support of the public authorityies, that will accelerate the emergence of massive renewable hydrogen production projects in France. ENGIE is convinced of the importance of renewable hydrogen in providing “zero carbon as a service” solutions to industrial customers and the regions.

Bernard Jeanmet-Péralta, the President of DLVA, says “First and foremost, HyGreen Provence is an ambitious and innovative regional project. It will embrace all those desiring consultation and dialogue, particularly the National Parks in Verdon and Luberon. We are involved in the dynamic that is the “Vallée des Énergies” together with partners such as the Iter project, the Cadarache CEA, Géomethane and hydroelectricity in Durance. We are thereby contributing to the energy transition in France along with leading industrialists which, through their respective expertise, bring credibility and viability to the requirement for zero carbon emissions.

Guy Salzgeber, Executive Vice President and member of the Air Liquide Group Executive Committee supervising Industrial Merchant, Hydrogen and Innovation, said: “We are pleased to contribute to this flagship project, which will demonstrate, in France, on an industrial scale, the key role that hydrogen will play in the energy transition. For more than 40 years, the Group has developed a unique know-how in the field of hydrogen. With expertise in all production technologies—including electrolysis—the Group is now a leading player in the world with regards to low-carbon hydrogen energy production. This project is in line with the Group’s climate strategy, the most ambitious in its sector

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Press release: Government announces further support for those affected by flooding

The Government has today (Tuesday 12 November 2019) announced further support for people and businesses in areas affected by recent flooding.

An additional 100 UK Armed Forces personnel will also be deployed to South Yorkshire to help support the recovery effort.

The measures were agreed at this afternoon’s COBR briefing, chaired by the Prime Minister.

Under the Flood Recovery Framework, the Government will provide funding to support the recovery efforts of local councils where households and businesses have been affected by the severe weather.

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will provide a Community Recovery Grant to local councils – equivalent to £500 per eligible household - to help communities with their immediate recovery.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will provide funding for a Business Recovery Grant which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized businesses which have suffered severe impacts from the floods that cannot be recovered from insurance.

The UK Standby Battalion, based in Catterick, will be deployed from tomorrow.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

The recent flooding has had a devastating effect on people and businesses, and it’s essential that our communities have the support they need to recover.

We’re announcing this funding to support households and businesses get back on their feet.

I want to express my deep gratitude to the emergency services, Armed Forces, Environment Agency and local authorities across the country who have responded to the flooding with distinction.

Today’s announcements come after the Government activated the emergency Bellwin scheme on Friday, 8 November 2019.

Under the scheme, local authorities dealing with the flooding can apply to have 100% of their eligible costs, above a threshold, reimbursed by the Government. This could be for items including rest centres, temporary accommodation and staff overtime.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is also establishing a national Flood Recovery Group to provide individual areas with bespoke support and guidance.

The Department has deployed Recovery Liaison Officers to the most intensely affected local authorities who will work closely with all councils and Local Resilience Forums.