DECC disappointed at Parliament’s ETS decision

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has expressed its disappointment at the European Parliament’s decision to vote against the European Commission intervening in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to backload allowances.

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman told Power Engineering International (PEi): “The UK Government is disappointed at the Parliament’s vote but respects their view.”
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“The current measures we have in the UK are designed to encourage CCS investment – such as the carbon price floor, the Emissions Performance Standard and proposals under the Electricity Market Reform. Our £1bn CCS competition is progressing well along the road to its ultimate goal of a cost competitive industry in the UK.”

Dr. David Reiner, a leading researcher into carbon capture and storage (CCS) at the University of Cambridge had earlier this month expressed the opinion to PEi that the UK government’s policy design in the area of CCS ‘wasn’t fit for purpose.’

He also pointed to a report on the department’s shortcomings in relation to bringing through the technology delivered by the National Audit Office (NAO), saying the NAO “did a great job in highlighting some of the problems with the previous competition.”

DECC remains positive about its new £1bn competition however, saying that it has received tremendous response from the industry and that it is set to put the UK, “at the forefront of the technology in Europe and across the world.”

A spokesperson at DECC told PEi, "We announced last month the Peterhead project in Aberdeenshire and White Rose project in Yorkshire as preferred bidders and Captain Clean Energy project in Grangemouth and Teesside Low Carbon project as reserve bidders in our £1bn CCS competition.

"This has taken us a significant step closer to a UK Carbon Capture and Storage industry - an industry which will help reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs.We are now working swiftly to progress our preferred two, while  making sure we continue to provide the best possible value to tax payers."

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