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Energy Advice Tool,Renewable Energy,Renewable Heat Incentive

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive calculator

ACE Research, in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and Solstice Associates developed a Renewable Heat Incentive calculator for DECC and the Scottish Government. The tool was designed to provide a reliable estimate of the domestic RHI payments for biomass systems, ground and air source heat pumps and solar thermal systems.

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Feed-in Tariff,Renewable Energy

DECC consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives

ACE have submitted a written response to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives 2009.

In summary, ACE believes that no home should receive a feed-in-tariff (FIT) if it has a cavity wall or loft that is uninsulated. Such a policy would improve the return-on-investment of a FIT and help Government meet its target of having all lofts and cavities insulated by 2015.

ACE also has concerns that those in fuel poverty will not be able to raise funds to benefit from a FIT though they will be paying for the policy as part of their energy bills. Government should act as an ESCo to the fuel poor, supplying the renewable technology and claiming the FIT themselves.

Click here for the full response

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Planning,Renewable Energy

Scottish Renewable Energy Framework

ACE submitted a written response to the Scottish Government and the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland’s (FREDS) consultation on a framework for the development and deployment of renewable energy in Scotland.

In summary, ACE is pleased that the role of energy efficiency in helping to achieve Scotland‟s renewables target has been recognised. More widely, we are impressed by the positive approach set out in the draft framework, which is a welcome change from the lack of ambition contained in some recent Government consultation documents. The draft framework is set in the context of a UK Climate Change Act, which received royal assent last month, which sets a target for an 80% reduction in UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meanwhile the Scottish Climate Change Bill, will set the same emissions reduction target. A number of recent studies have confirmed that energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest and easiest means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions1. Pound for pound, investment in energy efficiency displaces up to eleven times more CO2 than new generation. Clearly energy efficiency has a crucial role to play in meeting Government targets on climate change and on renewable energy.

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Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Strategy

ACE submitted a written response to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s consultation on the Renewable Energy Strategy.

In summary, ACE is pleased that the role of energy demand policy in helping to achieve the renewables target has been recognised. Energy efficiency improvements to buildings are the most cost-effective way of tackling climate change, representing negative marginal abatement costs and releasing value for the UK economy. Reducing energy demand is paramount to addressing the UK’s four primary energy objectives: improving energy security by reducing imports; reducing costs to the consumer; reducing CO2 emissions; and ensuring a competitive UK economy through reduced wastage. With this in mind it is vital that the UK develops a truly integrated approach to energy policy with energy efficiency at its centre, thus ending the current cross-departmental division of supply and demand side policy.

ACE does not believe that the choice should be between investing in renewables and energy conservation to meet this target. The widest possible energy saving programme should be started immediately to help householders with their bills, the UK with its energy supply and climate/energy targets, and business with improved competitiveness. As a by-product, the amount of absolute renewable generation required by 2020 will be reduced. This would also avoid the need to look internationally for some of our renewable energy deployment. Paragraph 1.5.4 of the consultation document suggests that meeting the marginal percentage point of the target by supporting renewable deployment outside of the UK could reduce the overall cost by 15-20%. However, this takes no account of further demand reduction which would effectively also replace the marginal costs of the final percentage point; would provide real benefits in terms of reduced fuel bills, reduced occurrence of fuel poverty and increased comfort levels to the UK population; would help achieve the UK’s climate change targets; would reduce the UK’s reliance on imported fuel; would improve the competitiveness of UK business and create many jobs in the energy service sectors; and finally, could remove the oft-cited accusation that the Government simply wants to export the UK’s problems elsewhere. None of the above benefits would accrue should the UK export some of its renewables target.

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INVERT,Renewable Energy

INVERT

Investing in RES and RUE Technologies – Models to save public money

(funded by EU Altener programme)

This project, funded under the EU Altener programme, was led by the Technological University of Vienna. The project aimed to identify how policies aimed at end-use can be designed more cost-effectively to save energy and carbon emissions.

INVERT lasted for two years, starting from May 2003. ACE’s role was to provide the research capacity for UK and Ireland projects, and also to devise and lead the Workphase of the programme that dealt with analysing the role of stakeholders in policy delivery. Click here to read the report on INVERT work phase 4: Analysis of Stakeholder Behaviour.

For more information on INVERT go to the project website: www.invert.at

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