A series of links, resources, and downloads posted to our site in 2013.
Electricity Market Reform: Moving towards the end game
Our EMR event, staged on 1 October in association with Trilemma UK, examined the risks associated with the capacity market detailed design proposals, and whether they will conflict with decisions to be made on CfD FiTs.
Representatives from new market entrants, established players, government, consumer bodies, and investors attended and discussed EMR from their perspective, offering a unique and rounded view on the government's initiative to make sure the UK remains a leading destination for investment in low-carbon electricity.
Electricity Market Reform: Putting the pieces together
Cornwall Energy's essential new primer, Electricity Market Reform: Putting the pieces together, provides a comprehensive overview of EMR and its progress.
It tracks EMR from the initial consultation document in December 2010 through to the publication of the draft Delivery Plan in July 2013. And it identifies how at each stage the government's thinking evolved on the reform package's core mechanisms.
CfD allocation and contract terms
Following the government's publication of CfD allocation and the contract terms documents, we held a webinar to discuss and run through the documents given their high importance.
Record number of suppliers participate in green power auction
The Non-Fossil Purchasing Agency's (NFPA's) online "e-Power" auctions are held biannually, and represent a straightforward route to market for independent renewable electricity generators. Cornwall Energy analyst Dan Starman provides an in-depth look. Download the report.
Get our response to Ofgem "secure and promote" proposals
Read our consultation response to Ofgem "secure and promote" proposals that aim to improve wholesale electricity market trading conditions.
We strongly support the supplier market access requirements, but are less enthusiastic about the market maker proposals as currently framed, and consider the attempt to regulate spreads could have significant unintended consequences and could well prove counter-productive.
Business and broker interaction in the energy market
Ofgem's draft Code of Practice for energy brokers has the potential to positively impact the experience of businesses engaging with the energy market.
According to our new report, Business and broker interaction in the energy market, there is a strong desire for the Code of Practice to be implemented with 71% of businesses believing that it would improve the services provided by energy brokers.
The report says a high proportion (42%) of businesses value help from third parties to compare prices across suppliers and to help them negotiate the complexity of their energy contracts.
However, most businesses either believe their broker is providing a free service (37%) or do not know how much they are being charged by their broker (42%), while many businesses (38%) do not think that brokers' charges are clear or easily understood.
Cornwall Energy director and co-author of the report Robert Buckley said: "Ofgem's work on a Code of Practice is very important. This survey says that how brokers levy their charges should be an important part of the Code because many of those who use brokers think they are getting a free service or just don't know what they are paying.
"We believe the best way forward would be for a mandatory Code of Practice where brokers are subject to a binding set of requirements backed by enforcement powers. In order to maximise the protection of businesses and raise the standards of brokers, brokers should be subject to minimum requirements with close monitoring."
Affordability and Investment
Download the Cornwall Energy presentation from our recent 'Affordability and Investment' event. The slides look at sustainability, affordability and security, and give you information on new products and services we are set to release over the coming year. Download the slides.
MPs to examine the potential of local energy
Download our Energy spectrum article on the energy and climate change select committee's call for evidence on Local Energy. The committee is seeking to explore the role of medium-sized energy projects in achieving policy targets, and the best way for the government to support their development. Get the article.
Routes to market for independent generators--DECC seminar
Cornwall Energy presented its findings for commercial mitigation of imbalance risk at DECC's workshop for independent renewables generators on 12 April. Read our summary of the meeting.
Independents have helped drive renewables growth
Speaking at the REA's seminar on 27 March, Nigel Cornwall highlighted the importance of independent generators in driving growth in the renewables sector. Read our meeting summary. Speakers at the event included Nigel Cornwall (Cornwall Energy), Chris Hemsley (DECC), John Perkins (National Grid), David Handley (RES), Brian Tilley (E.ON), and Stuart Stephens (NFPA).
Download our free Budget 2013 alert
Our Budget 2013 alert gives an overview of chancellor George Osborne's statement to parliament on 20 March 2013, which provided detail on shale gas policy, infrastructure spending, and support for the offshore oil and gas industry. Get the alert.
First Licence-Lite application is a notable milestone
The news on Thursday 14 March that the Greater London Authority had become the first public authority to apply for a Licence-Lite is a notable milestone in the progress of this scheme for decentralised energy developers. Read more.
Revisiting the Transmission Constraint Licence Condition
It is almost six months since the Transmission Constraint Licence Condition came into effect. Following a good deal of recent interest in the subject from our customers and visitors to this site, we have made available our November 2012 Energy spectrum article on the condition prohibiting the exploitation of transmission constraints. Get the article.
Letter from America: retail energy, US style
Get an insight on how retail competition is working in the US, specifically Texas--frequently hailed as the best of the breed in North America. Download the article.
Regulator scales back balancing SCR proposals
Ofgem is to amend the scope of the Electricity Balancing Significant Code Review (SCR), and has proposed a separate project for a high-level design of future trading arrangements. Download the article.
Are Retail Markets in Turmoil? -- download the presentations
The presentations and supporting material from January's Are Retail Markets in Turmoil? conference are now available to download or read about the event in our blog. The event brought together almost certainly the largest selection of the most informed and influential people in the British domestic and non-domestic retail energy market seen on one stage.
Shale gas set to get a bigger share of the energy mix
Shale gas production will continue to spread and be a significant component of increasing global gas supply, growing 7% every year up to 2030--that's according to BP's new Energy Outlook document. Download our report.
Download Euro gas and electricity report briefings
Get our updates and opinions on the European Commission's gas and electricity quarterly reports. Download the documents (originally posted to our website on 25 January) here.