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    A glimmer of hope for onshore wind?

    By Freccia Benn  – (3 min read)

    Last year we looked at what might happen once the government’s Feed-in Tariff ended in March in this blog. A new law set to replace FiTs has received a mixed reception so far, but at a time when the future of onshore wind looks uncertain, could this new law be the glimmer of hope for small-scale renewable energy generators?

    Despite findings that onshore wind is an inexpensive way to produce electricity, the support for offshore wind seems to keep growing. Recently, it was announced that a new funding pot of £100m will help companies capitalise on the boom in the offshore sector. This comes at the same time as Theresa May announcing that the UK will become a zero carbon nation by 2050, to which trade body, Renewable UK, has responded that onshore wind needs to be a key part of the strategy in achieving this. Against this backdrop, the frustration is understandable for those in a position to create clean energy through onshore wind.

    But could the introduction of the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), a new law that will see small energy producers paid for excess energy they create that goes back to the grid by their energy companies, be a small turning point?

    The SEG, which will cover both wind and solar, will apply to any new contracts and will be based on the ‘export rate’ alone, whereas FiTs were based on both the export and generator rate. The other key difference is that the energy company can set their rate rather than using the fixed rate the government provided previously. Critics suggest it’s a backhanded way to reintroduce subsidies for new projects and the expansion of existing ones.

    So, is this a positive move? Small generators are less likely to get as favourable a rate as was available in the past, but any help the sector can get has got to be a good thing. Of course, the challenge for many of the companies which would be able to contribute to helping us reach the 2050 target with subsidy support, still remains. While money is being pumped into offshore wind, small gestures such as these do not go far enough to exploit the benefits of onshore wind.

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    Freccia Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 876 0324

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    Steady on: Clean power progress for the utilities industry

    By  Travis Benn  – (4 min read)

    The utilities industry is  one of the biggest consumers of energy and needs to make a drastic shift if we are to globally turn the tide on climate change. Thankfully the industry is making big strides in addressing the issue  and has contributed to record breaking renewable energy production figures.  For 90 hours and 45 minutes over Easter weekend the UK went coal-free, setting a new record. Though fossil fuels remain the dominant source of energy supply in the UK — 80 per cent in 2017 — they are actually at a record low according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

    The future of energy generation worldwide is in renewables, and the utilities industry is on the frontline of implementing new technology and policy, while ensuring security of supply and customer price.  Companies like energy supplier Bulb have emerged in the market offering 100 per cent renewable electricity as standard and carbon neutral gas. Birmingham-based Tonik Energy, another renewable supplier, also offers solar and other products for customers looking to generate a portion of their energy. These smaller companies are setting higher standards.

    As the government debates the effects of climate change, goals for energy consumption, and decarbonisation, it’s important to consider the industry’s progress thus far. The power sector has enacted some of the most significant early progress on mitigating climate change, especially given its status as one of the larger sources of carbon emissions.

    In 2008 the UK passed its Climate Change Act targeting an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 (from 1990 levels). In 2017 emissions had reduced by 42 per cent—marking the halfway point in roughly 10 years’ time. The success, among other factors, has led to discussions of setting even more ambitious target and an independent advisory panel is presenting a report this week on whether the 2050 goal should change to net-zero. This has wide support across the UK and parliament.

    Looking specifically to policy on how we power the UK, in 2009 the Renewable Energy Directive set a target of 15 per cent renewables for all energy consumption by 2020. At that time renewable consumption was less than four per cent. Going even further, the water industry set a voluntary goal to generate 20 per cent renewables by 2020.

    Water companies are accomplishing this in several ways. For example, SES Water in Surrey relies on more than 200,000 kilowatt hours each year from solar panels at its sites, and has also switched to purchasing only 100 per cent renewable electricity for all its treatment works, pumping stations and offices. For companies with wastewater there are additional options. Thames Water generates nearly 20 per cent of its electricity through biogas (anaerobic digestion of sewer sludge) and that amount increases nearly every year. Similarly, 10 per cent of South West Water’s energy comes from renewable energy which includes biogas production.

    As result, combined with increases in wind power and other sources, in 2017 UK energy consumption was 10.2 per cent renewables. The trajectory of the last decade shows the 15 per cent goal is within reach. And because the directive includes all consumption—including transportation—the results are even more encouraging for the utilities industry, with renewable electricity generation increasing year on year.

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    Is the government stunting a lucrative diversification stream for corporate landowners?

    By Freccia Benn – (4 min read)

    The past decade has seen the use of wind energy develop from an important idea with little real impact to becoming a significant contribution to the UK’s energy strategy, providing over 17 percent of the supply in 2018. The government continues to invest heavily in offshore wind farming as the future of renewable energy. However, in the face of mounting pressure many industry experts are calling for the same investment in onshore wind energy, which would also bring an entire new market of landowners into the game.

    The UK renewable energy market has proven in recent years that it can provide a long-term alternative to carbon energy, with wind turbines providing 17.4 percent of UK electricity generation in 2018. It is expected that this could account for up to 30 percent of UK electricity supply by 2030. The timing of this delivery is and will continue to be crucial if the UK is to meet the global requirements for renewable energy.

    Onshore wind farms may well be the key to this. The government current ban on subsidies for building onshore wind farms, places a huge demand on offshore wind to deliver. Industry bodies such as the National Infrastructure Commission, alongside senior politicians in government, have been increasingly discussing the importance of prioritising onshore wind farms if the UK is serious about increasing renewable energy supply. Emma Pinchbeck, the executive director of RenewableUK, said, “We have ready-to-go onshore wind that can help close the gap between the low carbon power”.

    In fact, it is estimated that removing the current subsidies ban on onshore wind farms would allow for the construction of around 800 projects which have planning consent but are currently on hold. Aside from the obvious case for diversifying the UK’s sources of renewable energy, the debate around the onshore wind farm subsidies ban has also often overlooked the business case for supporting opening up this market. Lifting the ban would allow for hundreds of corporate landowners to tap into this revenue stream, making way for thousands of future construction and operational jobs.

    The planning system already tightly controls viable uses of onshore land, with many landowners restricted to limited options that result in under utilised land that is barely profitable. Some have felt that the subsidies ban not only creates an additional challenge for landowners but is even unlawful – under current ‘State Aid’ rules, the government should in theory be unable to discriminate against projects based on their geography during a competitive auction process.

    However, it seems the winds of change may finally be blowing. Climate Change Minister Claire Perry has more recently acknowledged a need to bring forward onshore wind into the mix (the case against onshore wind farms has typically been a political one with many in the Conservative party strongly opposed to the idea of large strips of land devoted to wind farming). Lifting the ban would not only provide a much-needed boost to an under-pressure wind energy market, it would also finally allow onshore landowners to compete for rewarding contracts and open the market.

    Most importantly, as we challenge the global issue of reducing our carbon footprint, an increase in onshore supply could be vital in cementing the pathway for UK renewable energy for years to come.

    For further information, please contact:

    Freccia Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 876 0324

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    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

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    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
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      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    Before Accounting for Energy, Freccia was a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare space. When Travis told her about the challenges in the renewables sector, she was convinced that they could use their combined expertise to help landowners.

    Fuelled by her passion for business and making a difference to landowners, Freccia then developed her ideas for Accounting for Energy’s services, strategy and pricing in a way that would best serve their clients.

    She is now responsible for all the business’ operational activities and client services, and her passion for helping landowners in the UK continues to drive her work.

     

     

    “With the threat of climate change to our planet looming, my mission is to develop a business that helps build the infrastructure of the renewable energy market. I also want to make sure those who are invested in it receive fair returns. As this is still a new industry, we are able to help to avoid the pitfalls of other more established industries and by doing so, help the wider green economy.”

     

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    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
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      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers


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      Exeter

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      Durham

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      Peterborough

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      Cumbria

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

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      Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

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      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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