DECC has now moved its content to gov.uk/decc
Current content from the old DECC website has been transferred and organised into the following policy priorities, with supporting pages:
- Helping households to cut their energy bills Includes: Green Deal, Warm Home Discount scheme, Warm Front scheme, Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) and the smart meters programme.
- Maintaining UK energy security Includes: UK Promote, implementing the EU Security of Gas supply regulation in the UK, working internationally to maintain UK energy security, future electricity networks and Electricity Market Reform (EMR).
- Managing the use and disposal of radioactive and nuclear substances and waste Includes: Providing policy for the safe and secure disposal of radioactive waste, providing, monitoring and reviewing the regulatory system for the storage, use and transport of radioactive substances, providing a system to identify and remediate radioactive contaminated land, making justification decisions on applications to use ionising radiation and managing spent fuel, reprocessing and nuclear materials.
- Increasing the use of low carbon technologies Includes: the Renewables Obligation (RO), new nuclear power stations, Feed-in Tariffs scheme, bioenergy, Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), offshore wind, geothermal energy, heat networks, marine energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and onshore wind.
- Using evidence and analysis to inform energy and climate change policies Includes: modelling and analytical projections, policy appraisal, monitoring and evaluation and research (economic, technical, social and trials).
- Reducing demand for energy from industry, businesses and the public sector Includes: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, combined heat and power (CHP), Climate Change Agreements (CCAs), electricity demand reduction project and Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs)
- Reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 Includes: carbon budgets, EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
- Providing regulation and licensing of energy industries and infrastructure Includes: environmental regulation of offshore oil, gas and carbon dioxide storage activities, oil and gas licensing, gas market regulation and licensing, planning and consents for national energy infrastructure, providing oil and gas exploration and production data and safety at UK civil nuclear sites.
- Taking international action to mitigate climate change Includes: the International Climate Fund (ICF), reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), scientific evidence to help us understand climate change, leading the diplomatic effort to mitigate climate change, encouraging the EU to demonstrate leadership on climate change and negotiating for a comprehensive global climate change agreement
Well, it might be all change, but I do wonder what difference it will it make. However, that's probably much too gloomy a thought for a Friday morning.