The New Electronic Communications Code

September 18, 2017

The new Digital Economy Act 2017 received royal assent on 27 April 2017 and introduces a revised Electronic Communications Code (“the New Code”) found in Schedule 1 of the Act. The Act and New Code apply to all of the United Kingdom but the intricacies of how and when it will be implemented have not … Continue reading The New Electronic Communications Code

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New Energy Efficiency Regulations in England and Wales – Northern Ireland to Follow?

October 2, 2015

The 26th March 2015 saw the implementation of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations. The provisions have far-reaching implications, setting a minimum lawful Energy Performance Rating of ‘E’ for domestic and non-domestic properties alike. From 1 April 2018 the regulations will apply to all new leases/lease renewals and from 1 April … Continue reading New Energy Efficiency Regulations in England and Wales – Northern Ireland to Follow?

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Will the early end to subsidies for new UK onshore wind farms affect NI?

September 15, 2015

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced its intention to end the financial subsidies for onshore wind in GB by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation to new on-shore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016, one year earlier than expected. There are currently 35 operational onshore wind farms (> 1 turbine) … Continue reading Will the early end to subsidies for new UK onshore wind farms affect NI?

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F – GASES REGULATIONS TO INCLUDE OFF SHORE WIND OR WATER INSTALLATIONS

May 22, 2014

Fluorinated Gases (“F-Gases”) are powerful greenhouse gases with a global warming effect of up to 23,000 times greater than carbon dioxide and their emissions are rising. Therefore, the European Union has taken and is continuing to take regulatory action to reduce F-Gas emissions by two thirds by 2030 as part of its wider policy to combat climate change. … Continue reading F – GASES REGULATIONS TO INCLUDE OFF SHORE WIND OR WATER INSTALLATIONS

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The Future of Energy in Northern Ireland

May 1, 2014

DETI has recently published “Envisioning the Future: Considering Energy in Northern Ireland to 2050”. The document sets out DETI’s vision of supply and demand of energy in Northern Ireland in the next four decades. Unsurprisingly, the report concludes that renewable energy will play a far greater role in Northern Ireland energy going forward. However, some of the report’s … Continue reading The Future of Energy in Northern Ireland

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Solar Energy and Proposed Changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation

November 8, 2013

The Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO), operating in tandem with similar obligations in Great Britain, places a legal requirement on energy suppliers to account for a specified and increasing proportion of their electricity to have been derived from renewables sources. Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are issued to generators of renewable electricity by energy suppliers for each unit of eligible … Continue reading Solar Energy and Proposed Changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation

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The Climate Change Act 2008

April 6, 2009

The Climate Change Act 2008 was given royal assent on 26 November 2008 and is the world’s first long-term and legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change. The two key aims underpinning the Act are: To improve carbon management and help the transition towards a low carbon economy in the UK; and To demonstrate strong … Continue reading The Climate Change Act 2008

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