- Lexis®PSL Energy weekly highlights—29 June 2017
- Feature articles
- Reviewing the future of offshore windfarms in Scotland (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds v Scottish Ministers)
- Headlines (News updates & analysis)
- Electricity and Gas Market Regulation and Licensing
- Networks and network connections
- Smart Energy System, Flexible Generation/Demand, and Capacity Market
- Renewable energy
- Nuclear energy
- Climate change and emissions trading
- New and updated on Lexis®PSL Environment
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Welcome to the weekly Energy highlights from the Lexis®PSL Environment team for the week ending 29 June 2017. This week’s highlights includes a feature article examining energy transactions and regulatory matters in the recent Court of Session case of RSPB v Scottish Ministers and others  CSIH 31. Other news items of note this week include Ofgem’s final proposals for amendments to suppliers’ ‘standards of conduct’ licence conditions, its request for views on four applications received to use the Innovation Roll-out Mechanism to fund new technologies on parts of their electricity distribution networks and it’s open letter to interested parties to update them on its plans to introduce competitive tendering into onshore electricity transmission. Electricity generator Elexon has proposed a modification to the electricity balancing and settlement code to introduce a new ‘BM lite balancing mechanism’, enabling smaller unlicensed generators offer energy to the system operator for energy balancing and Ofgem has set out in a letter its achievement in 2016 and targets for 2017 (and beyond) in respect of smart metering. In the renewable energy sector, a new initiative aims to deliver cleaner European electricity market. In the Nuclear sector this week, a National Audit Office (NAO) report criticises the government deal for Hinkley Point C, the government has confirmed it will meet its share of running costs for the Joint European Torus (JET) nuclear fusion project until the end of 2020 and the European Commission is gathering views on the nuclear decommissioning assistance programme to support the mid-term review of the programme for the 2014-2020 period. Lastly, in respect of climate change targets, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its 2017 Report to Parliament and investors press for ambitious EU energy efficiency framework that includes a long-term decarbonisation objective to 2050. We also include updates on consultations published by the European Commission and Ofgem.
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