Policy documents and consultations that may be of interest to community energy groups or that CEE is considering making a response to are included below (listed in date order of responses required). Draft responses will be added to this page for member comments along with our final submissions. If you would like to input to any of our responses, please email us.

You can view and download our previous consultation responses here.

Latest Consultation Opportunities

Energy code reform: governance framework

BEIS and Ofgem are seeking views on proposals for energy code reform, developed with the help of feedback to the 2019 consultationTheir desired outcome for energy code reform is an institutional governance framework that is forward-looking, agile, easy to understand, and able to accommodate a growing number of market participants. Based on an earlier consultation, this consultation looks at the preferred option of Ofgem being designated as a ‘strategic body’ over the energy codes, with separate ‘code managers’. This consultation is also looking for views on:

  • detailed elements of our proposals that were not addressed in the previous consultation
  • the impact assessment which sets out some of the estimated costs and benefits of our proposed reforms

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 28 September 2021

Role of vehicle-to-X energy technologies in a net zero energy system

A call for evidence to investigate the role of vehicle-to-X technologies in a net zero energy system, and possible barriers to their widespread use. Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technologies allow an electric vehicle to export the energy within its battery for another use, for example to a home or to the electricity grid. In this call for evidence, the government invites views and evidence on:

  • the role of V2X technologies in the energy system
  • the barriers that might be preventing this
  • the role of government

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 12 October 2021

Design of a business model for low carbon hydrogen

This consultation sets out the proposed business model intended to support the deployment of low carbon hydrogen projects and seeks views from stakeholders on the design choices that make up the main elements of the business model. This consultation is seeking views specifically on the following:

  • our overall approach to business model design
  • our minded-to positions on the primary design features, namely price support and volume support
  • options for other design features of the business model

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 October 2021

Designing the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund

This consultation is seeking views on how to design the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) to maximise its benefits while ensuring value for money. NZHF aims to support the at-scale deployment of low carbon hydrogen production during the 2020s. This consultation hopes to gather more robust information on the project pipeline and help better understand the issues faced by hydrogen production projects. The consultation outlines the proposals for:

  • the type of funding the NZHF will offer
  • the technologies we seek to support
  • activities covered by the fund
  • eligibility and project assessment criteria
  • the delivery of the fund

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 October 2021

Designing a UK low carbon hydrogen standard

This consultation sets out and seeks views on initial design options for a UK standard that defines 'low carbon’ hydrogen, to underpin support for hydrogen production. 

The design approach set out includes: 

  • a methodology for calculating GHG emissions associated with hydrogen production
  • a subsequent greenhouse gas emissions threshold against which different low carbon hydrogen production pathways would be measured

The UK Hydrogen Strategy has been published alongside this consultation sets out an approach to growing a new low carbon hydrogen economy.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 October 2021

Competition in onshore electricity networks

This consultation seeks views on the introduction of competition within the electricity network, factors considered by the Secretary of State when appointing a body to run competitions, and criteria for competitions. This consultation also provides an update on the principles and fundamental policy and discusses the more detailed policy and process issues that will need to be addressed as and when the new, more competitive regime moves towards implementation. 

This consultation will be of particular interest to:

  • electricity network companies, such as Transmission Owners and Distribution Network Operators
  • potential new market participants in network competitions
  • consumer interest groups

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 26 October 2021

Hydrogen for heat: facilitating a grid conversion hydrogen heating trial

This consultation seeks views on proposals to alter legislation in order to allow Gas Distribution Network Operators to effectively carry out the activities needed to deliver a grid conversion hydrogen trial, and potentially to enhance existing consumer protections to ensure that those living in the trial area continue to receive fair treatment. This consultation is also seeking stakeholders’ views on whether additional consumer protections are required, and how these should be implemented. The outcome of this consultation will help the overall understanding of the role that legislation should play in enabling the village trial and protecting consumers.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 28 September 2021

Water resources charge proposals from April 2022

This consultation seeks views on the proposed charging approach which includes significant changes to the way in which water resources abstraction and impounding licensing are charged. 

The proposal includes an approach to move to a new cost recovery charging scheme that charges based on the services provided. This will include considerations based on the activity type, the volume of water applied for and the water availability, with additional charges for applications that require extra work to be carried out. 

This consultation closes at 11:45am on 10 November 2021

Regional Consultations

Please look out for your DNO's consultation on their 'business plan' and feed in. These will form the basis of their investment in the distribution system from 2023-2028. If we want them to be investing to enable community energy (by, for instance, reinforcing the tail end of the system to enable more distributed generation) we must ask for it.