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  • SBC late payments survey

    The Office of the Small Business Commissioner has a remit across late payments and changing the culture of late payments in the UK. Small firms complain about late payments as one of their top concerns and cite them as the reason they are in debt. We’d like you to answer a few... More
    Opened 20 October 2021
  • A market-based mechanism for low carbon heat

    This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce a market-based mechanism to support the development of the UK market for low-carbon electric heat pumps. This mechanism will create a market incentive to grow the numbers of heat pumps installed in existing premises each year, providing... More
    Opened 19 October 2021
  • Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid

    Achieving net zero will require almost all buildings in the UK to transition to low carbon heating by 2050. Around a third of commercial, industrial, and public buildings (“non-domestic buildings”’) off the gas grid currently have a fossil fuelled heating system in use for producing... More
    Opened 19 October 2021
  • Phasing out fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid

    To set out policy proposals for phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in homes off the gas grid. We invite stakeholder views on our approach and seek further evidence in specific areas to help shape the design of the policy. More
    Opened 19 October 2021
  • Heat network zoning consultation

    In this consultation we are seeking views on our proposed approach to deliver heat network zoning in England to inform primary legislation. Our proposals envisage central and local government working together with industry and local stakeholders to identify and designate areas within... More
    Opened 8 October 2021
  • Flexibility Innovation: Market Engagement

    The recently published Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan 2021 and Energy Digitalisation Strategy identified key BEIS policy priorities to enable the transition to a smart, flexible, decarbonised energy system. As part of the at least £100 million Energy Storage and... More
    Opened 7 October 2021
  • Further drafting amendments to the CfD contract for Allocation Round 4

    The Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme is the Government’s main mechanism for supporting new, low carbon electricity generation projects in Great Britain. Since March 2020, we have consulted, and published our decisions, on a series of changes to the CfD scheme and contract terms in... More
    Opened 4 October 2021
  • Towards Fusion Energy: The UK Government's proposals for a regulatory framework for fusion energy

    Fusion could be the ultimate clean power solution, representing a low carbon, safe, continuous and effectively unlimited source of energy. The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in the most promising fusion technologies. This consultation seeks views on the future... More
    Opened 1 October 2021
  • Re-coupling GB electricity auctions for cross-border trade

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the current arrangements for trading electricity on power exchanges in the GB wholesale electricity market and our proposals to support efficient cross-border trading. This consultation sets out a number of key items in respect of this... More
    Opened 30 September 2021
  • Offshore Transmission Network Review: Consultation on Enduring Regime and Multi-Purpose Interconnectors

    The Offshore Transmission Network Review aims to deliver improvements in the way that offshore generation is connected to the onshore transmission network and facilitate a more supportive approach for multi-purpose interconnectors (that combine market-to-market interconnectors with offshore... More
    Opened 28 September 2021
  • Combined Heat and Power: pathway to decarbonisation - call for evidence

    The Government Is seeking to build on the information received from the call for evidence held in 2020 and capture views to inform policy development for a future pathway to decarbonisation by requesting feedback from all CHP stakeholders to shape the future approach. We are keen to hear... More
    Opened 27 September 2021
  • Making Flexible Working the Default

    This consultation seeks views from individuals and businesses on proposals to reform flexible working regulations (The Flexible Working Regulations 2014). In 2003, legislation came into force which provided parents and certain other carers with a right to request a flexible... More
    Opened 23 September 2021
  • Planning for New Energy Infrastructure | Draft National Policy Statements for energy infrastructure

    National Policy Statements (NPSs) are designated under the Planning Act 2008 (the 2008 Act) to provide guidance for decision-makers on the application of government policy when determining development consent for major infrastructure. Their function is to state clearly how existing policy... More
    Opened 6 September 2021
  • Independent review of research bureaucracy

    Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, has been commissioned by the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation to lead an independent review to advise on a substantial reduction in unnecessary research bureaucracy in government and the wider sector. The... More
    Opened 23 August 2021
  • Consultation on a business model for low carbon hydrogen

    We’re seeking views on our proposals for a low carbon hydrogen business model. Please provide your responses in this form to the questions set out in the Low Carbon Hydrogen Business Model Consultation. More
    Opened 17 August 2021
  • Designing the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund - Consultation

    A consultation to inform the design of the £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) which aims to support the commercial deployment of low carbon hydrogen production during the 2020’s. More
    Opened 17 August 2021
  • Consultation on a UK Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard

    Executive Summary The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution sets out that, working with industry, the UK is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. In support of this ambition, we are introducing supportive policies... More
    Opened 17 August 2021
  • Hydrogen for heat: Facilitating a ‘grid conversion’ hydrogen heating trial

    The government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution sets out the ambition to support industry to deliver a hydrogen neighbourhood trial, and a village trial by 2025. This consultation seeks views on proposals to legislate in order to allow Gas Distribution... More
    Opened 17 August 2021
  • Designing a framework for transparency of carbon content in energy products: a call for evidence

    Achieving net zero emissions will require many of us to take actions to decarbonise our lifestyles and it is crucial that consumers are given transparent information on the carbon content of tariffs to help guide their energy choices. This call for evidence is our first step to better... More
    Opened 16 August 2021
  • Third-party intermediaries in the retail energy market: Call for Evidence

    We want to understand more about how third-party intermediaries (TPIs) currently operate in the retail energy market. In the Energy White Paper, the government committed to consult on regulating TPIs with a view to ensuring the regulatory framework adequately covers the wider market. This call... More
    Opened 16 August 2021
  • Consultation on addressing supplier payment default under the Renewables Obligation

    The Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme in England and Wales supports the generation of renewable electricity. It operates as a market-based mechanism through a system of tradable green certificates called Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). ROCs are issued to generators... More
    Opened 10 August 2021
  • Competition in Onshore Electricity Networks

    The electricity system will need fundamental change as we move towards Net Zero. Greater use of new, flexible technologies in generation and demand will create challenges for the electricity network from a governance and technical point of view, and the network will need to grow and adapt in... More
    Opened 3 August 2021
  • CCUS: Economic Regulator for CO2 Transport & Storage

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposed duties, powers, functions and objectives of an economic regulator for carbon dioxide (CO ₂ ) transport and storage networks, to inform the continued development of carbon capture, usage and storage policy and legislative proposals.... More
    Opened 2 August 2021
  • CCUS: Decommissioning Regime for Transport & Storage

    The government expects Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) to play an essential role in meeting our net zero target. The deployment of CCUS will also be central to supporting the low carbon transformation of the UK’s industrial base. To deliver this, the government’s Ten Point Plan for a... More
    Opened 2 August 2021
  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme: proposed amendments

    We are consulting on proposed amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020. These additional provisions will support effective operation of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) by addressing a number of residual technical issues identified during the development and... More
    Opened 28 July 2021
  • Energy retail: opt-in and testing opt-out switching

    In the December 2020 Energy White Paper, the Government announced its enduring plans to address the factors that have caused excessive charging for default tariff consumers in the domestic energy retail. We are: Creating the framework to introduce an opt-in switching... More
    Opened 23 July 2021
  • Reforming the framework for better regulation

    Our exit from the EU provides us with the opportunity to think boldly about how we regulate and for the first time in a generation, we have the freedom to conceive and implement rules that put the UK first. We will use this freedom to unlock cutting-edge technologies, unleash innovation, and... More
    Opened 22 July 2021
  • Carbon capture, usage and storage: amendments to Contracts for Difference regulations

    In November 2020, the government published the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, with commitments focused on driving innovation, boosting export opportunities, and generating green jobs and growth across the country to level up regions of the UK. Included in the Ten Point Plan... More
    Opened 21 July 2021
  • Reforming Competition and Consumer Policy

    Competition and consumer policies are key to creating free, open, and competitive markets with high consumer standards that drive growth, innovation, and productivity. A robust regulatory framework which supports healthy competition is crucial to the effective functioning of the economy and... More
    Opened 20 July 2021
  • Facilitating the deployment of large-scale, long-duration electricity storage: a call for evidence

    Large-scale and long-duration electricity storage could provide a n important role in decarbonising our energy system , f or example by storing renewable power and discharging it over periods of low wind. However, there is evidence that it faces market challenges that mean it may... More
    Opened 20 July 2021
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