Here are a few useful links to government policy documents that (theoretically) underpin its current energy policy:
The Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation consultation document covers a lot of detail about how the Green Deal will operate, and the new obligation the government will place on energy companies to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.
The Draft Impact Assessment for the Green Deal also has lots of further useful technical stats and details on how the Green Deal will be implemented.
A link to all documents to do with the Green Deal consultation is here.
*Updated* Nov 2012
Here are all the details about the Energy Bill, now published on Nov 28th 2012. This page also has details on…
- Annual Energy Statement – This sets out an overview on the progress the Government has made in implementing policy on energy and climate change over the past 12 months.
- EMR Policy Overview
- Annex A: CfD Operational Framework (including the Call for Evidence on supplier obligation)
- Annex B: CfD heads of terms
- Annex C: Capacity Market Design and Implementation
- Annex D: Institutions: Delivering EMR
- Annex E: EMR delivery plan
- Annex F: EMR Roadmap Narrative
- EMR Roadmap
- Energy Bill Summary Impact Assessment
- Government Response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee
- National Grid Conflicts of Interest consultation
- Energy Security Strategy
- Statutory Security of supply Report
- Ofgem Gas Security of Supply
- Government response to consultation on consumer redress
- Electricity Demand Reduction Consultation
*Old Energy Bill stuff*
This section on the DECC website gives details about Electricity Market Reform and the draft 2012-13 Energy Bill, including policy briefs, impact assessments, and existing legislation in the area.
The Hills Fuel Poverty Review is an in-depth view of how fuel poverty is measured, an argument for why that measure should be changed, plus (at the end) some interesting analysis of how different government approaches would have different affects on the proposed new fuel poverty measure. I’m a little skeptical of the new measure, if only because on page 140 it states that the new ‘Low Income High Cost’ measure of fuel poverty proposed in the report would wipe off about 5 million people who would, by 2016, otherwise be classed as fuel poor. Still, it’s a very useful report that will be very relevant to the fuel poverty debate over the next few years.
Policy Impacts on Prices and Bills lists updated reports from DECC on the overall impact of policies like CERT, CESP and ECO on consumer energy bills
This spreadsheet from DECC gives the estimated number of households living in fuel poverty by local authority, Parliamentary constituency and region.
The weakness in the figures is that they’re from 2009, which clearly predates a lot of recent energy price rises.
If I get time I might check on what’s happened overall to fuel poverty numbers since 2009, which would provide a crude mechanism for extrapolating an increase onto the local figures.
The spreadsheet shows in 2009 there were:
- 12,448 fuel poor households in Southampton (12.7% of households)
- The average (both median and mean) rate of fuel poverty by local authority was 18.2%- in Plymouth.
Fuel poverty rates by region are reproduced below:
|Fuel Poverty in English Regions|
|English region||Number of households1||Number of households in fuel poverty1||% of households fuel poor|
|East of England||2,388,522||387,672||16.2%|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||2,231,195||444,182||19.9%|
|1 Note: Household and fuel poverty numbers at region level come from the national fuel poverty statistics, 2009|
See the full spreadsheet: Fuel Poverty Sub Regional Statistics
The independent Committee on Climate Change has a report showing what % of household energy bills can be attributed to “green” measures.
Looking at the impact of green measures between 2004-2010 (p12), the report says:
(c) Current total energy bills
Combining our analysis of electricity and gas bills for the typical dual-fuel household indicates that the average combined bill increased from £605 per household in 2004 to £1,060 in 2010. Of this £455 increase (75%, compared to general inflation of 16% over the same period):
- Around £380 was unrelated to low-carbon measures, with £290 due to increases in wholesale costs reflecting increases in the price of gas and supplier costs and £70 due to increasing transmission and distribution costs, and £20 due to VAT.
- Around £75 was due to low-carbon policy costs, within which it is important to distinguish between costs of £30 towards decarbonising the energy mix through support for investments in low-carbon power generation including renewables, and costs of £45 for funding of energy efficiency measures, without which bills could have increased further over this period.
Our analysis therefore clearly shows that it is not the case that energy bills are currently high due to costs of low-carbon measures. From 2004 to 2010 bills increased by £455 to £1,060, primarily in response to increased wholesale gas costs, with only £30 (7% of the increase and 3% of the bill) due to the costs of decarbonising the generation mix, and £45 (10% of the increase and 5% of the bill) due to funding improvements to the energy efficiency of homes.
Here’s the full report:
And here’s some illustrative graphs:
This document from DECC gives the number of people in fuel poverty in the UK from 1996.
In particular, there is a good graph on page 9 showing what’s happened with fuel poverty numbers since 1996, which is reproduced below.
There’s also a table on page 10 that lists fuel poverty numbers for the UK in each of those years:
Here are the updated figures for 2012: Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics 2012