APSE Energy - Members briefing 15/15 (September 2015)

This is the APSE Energy Members Briefing for 7 September 2015.

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1. APSE Energy welcomes Wrexham County Borough Council and Cheshire East Council into membership

APSE Energy is pleased to announce that Wrexham County Borough Council and Cheshire East Council have joined APSE Energy bringing the number of councils in membership to 52. APSE Energy continues to grow across local government and we are delighted to welcome both Wrexham and Cheshire East into membership. An updated membership list is available here.

2. APSE Energy response to the DECC consultation on changes to financial support for the development of solar PV farms of 5MW and under

In the last APSE Energy members briefing 14/15 we circulated a further briefing note (8/15) which considered in detail the changes proposed by the Government to the Renewable Obligation for solar farms of 5MW and under, together with other changes to pre-accreditation for FITs which impact on many council projects. The paper discussed the options and tactics that local authorities can adopt in response to the proposed changes which are still at the consultation stage with the consultation closing on 2 September.

APSE’s National Chair 2015/16 (Councillor Arwyn Woolcock of Neath & Port Talbot Council) subsequently wrote to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt. Hon Amber Rudd M.P. on 18 August seeking a meeting with Ministers and Civil Servants to discuss the impact of the proposed changes on those local authorities in APSE Energy who are currently in the process of developing sites for solar farms. A copy of the letter is attached to the briefing for you information together with APSE Energy’s response to the consultation paper.

3. DECC announces its review of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme, the Government’s subsidy scheme for generation of renewable electricity from small-scale installations.

The future of the feed-in tariff scheme has been thrown into doubt, after the government published a wide-ranging consultation on the programme on 27 August, proposing drastic cuts to renewable energy incentives and threatening to close a key part of the scheme to new entrants.
The consultation marks an intensification of the government's efforts to bring spending on clean energy subsidies under tighter control and raises fears of a sharp contraction in the market for rooftop solar panels, small-scale wind turbines, and other renewable energy systems supported by the feed-in tariff.

The consultation proposals will come into effect in January 2016 and the consultation is currently ongoing. The closing date for responses is 23 October and you can download the consultation papers at the Gov.UK website: ‘Consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme’. APSE Energy will be submitting a full response to the consultation paper in due course, but we would also like to hear the views of our members on the proposals to inform our response. Please send any comments or your detailed responses to Alistair Holcroft This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4. APSE Energy autumn programme of events

APSE Energy’s programme of autumn events which coincides with some of the key trade EXPO events has now been finalised. Details have previously been sent out to members of APSE Energy, but you can still register to attend any of the events free of charge. APSE Energy has negotiated an exclusive arrangement with Nextgen, Solar Media U.K., Greenbuild Expo and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) for both APSE and APSE Energy members and you can register for any of these events below:

NextgenExpo, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire - 7-8 October 2015

To register free as a Nextgen VIP follow the link www.nextgenexpo.co.uk/APSE

N.B As a VIP you will have access to the VIP lounge, complimentary refreshments, free WiFi, VIP parking, priority theatre seating and more. Further information on the programme and exhibition will follow.

Solar Energy UK– Local Authority Summit, the NEC, Birmingham - 13-15 October 2015

This is a FREE event for APSE and APSE Energy member authorities and you can register to attend the summit and the solar energy trade exhibition at: Solarenergyevents.com - Registration

GreenbuildExpo Sustainable Refurbishment and Building event, Manchester Central - 10/11 November 2015

To register free click on the links below: GreenbuildExpo: REGISTER HERE

Buildings Energy Efficiency: REGISTER HERE

You can book a meeting with APSE Energy at the event to discuss your needs or any aspect on municipal energy by clicking on the following link: BOOK A MEETING

APSE Energy/Town and Country Planning Association workshops on decentralised energy
Neighbourhood Planning and Sustainable Energy
Planning for Decentralised Energy – District Heating
Planning for Community Energy
Planning for Energy in Regeneration and Retrofitting


These events are in September to November

These workshops are FREE to attend for APSE Energy members. You can book on-line to attend any of these events at http://www.tcpa.org.uk/events.php

Further information on the seminar and workshop activities being organised by APSE Energy at the above events will be circulated in due course.

5. Piclo is the U.K.’s first online market for renewable energy

Open Utility and Good Energy are looking for half-hourly metered buildings to join a six-month trial of Piclo, launching this October. Piclo lets consumers make a difference through their electricity usage. The online service lets you choose who you’re buying from, allowing you to buy renewable generation from within the county or even from your own generation portfolio. Piclo also helps you understand your energy usage and make savings. The service breaks down your electricity consumption throughout the day, so you can measure, track and avoid peak grid charges. The six-month trial is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Nominet Trust, and supported by OFGEM. Piclo is registering a high level of interest from county councils who are interested in buying the power from their council-owned renewable assets. Attached with this briefing is a pamphlet which describes the on-line peer to peer trading market place.
If you are interested in this initiative you can find out more about the trial, and sign up on the Piclo website.

Mark Bramah
Director of APSE Energy
Tel: 0161 772 1810 Mobile 07796301502
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