Almost half of Europe's energy consumption is used for industrial processes and to heat and cool building, but policy makers at the European Commission are dragging their feet to assess how heat-related policies could help meet Europe's energy efficiency objectives and climate goals, criticised industry group COGEN Europe.
Allowing European energy companies to bid into the UK's upcoming capacity auctions with electricity delivered by undersea interconnections could help reduce costs and save up to £1 billion, analysis from Policy Exchange suggests. "By opening up the capacity market to overseas participation, the government can ensure the widest possible pool of bidders. This will increase competition with gas generators for capacity contracts, and as a result should help lower the cost of delivering the policy." said Simon Moore, senior research fellow at the energy think tank.
Projections of power sector CO2 emissions are sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said when drawing up five cases to gauge possible future emission cuts just days after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to slash emission of existing fossil plants.
Edging closer to finalising a strategy to keep conventional power capacity operational in the future, the German government is aiming for a transnational solution: "We have to develop a capacity [remuneration] mechanism but this has to be developed in a synchronised way with our neighbours. We need an overall system," Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary state secretary in the economy and energy ministry said.
UK energy regulator has revised legislation governing the use of biogas in non-domestic power generation. The UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) published the changes which increase biogas capacity limits for on-site combustion at scales above 200 kW, large biomass projects and biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP).
The federal government of Nigeria has set up an emergency committee tasked with ensuring the country receives 6,000 MW of power supply by December. Nigeria has a total nameplate capacity of over 13,000 MW, of which 70% is gas-fired, however, supply shortages mean that actual power output in 2013 was only 3,563 MW.