Policy documents and consultations 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.

RIIO-ED2 Sector Specific Methodology Consultation

Ofgem sets out its proposals to rewire Britain at a local level to deliver a greener and fairer energy system for British consumers.

Electricity distribution networks, which transport electricity locally to Britain’s homes and businesses, have a crucial role in eliminating harmful carbon emissions from GB’s energy sector in line with Government targets.  As Britain moves to greener forms of heating and transport, and more households and businesses produce their own local clean energy, local networks will have to expand their role and capacity to manage new sources of demand and an increase in electricity flowing through the grid.

Ofgem is now consulting on the methodology for the next price control for the local electricity networks, which runs for five years from 2023. This follows proposals earlier this month on the price controls for the gas and electricity transmission and gas distribution operators.

One of the methodology questions is whether decisions should be made centrally or locally about distribution network strategy, (Local Area Energy Planning). CEE believes local is best giving community energy a chance to be central to decision making and delivery. At the same time Ofgem have published a draft of their methodology for Local Area Energy Planning - which does not give community energy the prominence it deserves. We are working to get this rectified.

Deadline 1 October

CEE is considering making a submission

Treasury Committee relaunches decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance inquiry 

The previous Treasury Committee launched an inquiry into the decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance on 5 June 2019.

The Treasury Committee has announced today that it is relaunching the inquiry to seek additional written evidence on how and whether the UK’s response to coronavirus should take the Government’s net zero carbon emissions by 2050 target into account.   

The Committee would like additional evidence to address whether HM Treasury’s support packages to business should distinguish between companies based on how much they pollute, should HM Treasury be directly funding green infrastructure as part of its coronavirus spending package, and what policies should HM Treasury change due to coronavirus in order to facilitate the transition to meeting net zero. 

Deadline 6 October

CEE is considering making a submission.

MHCLG Planning for the Future

The Planning for the Future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed. It includes proposals on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

See a useful Town and Country Planning Association first response here

Deadline 29 October.

CEE is considering submitting a response.

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. It will also 

CEE has input into Electricity North West's consultation now closed. You can see ENW's strategy documents here