The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on proposed regulatory changes to remove potential advantages in the Capacity Market, along with a number of technical changes. The method by which Capacity Market costs are recouped has the potential to give an unfair advantage to small embedded generation including diesel. Consultation closes 23rd December. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/capacity-market-proposals-to-simplify-and-improve-accessibility-in-future-capacity-auctions.
BEIS is also consulting on on the proposed 2017/18 operational cost budgets and resulting levies for the Low Carbon Contracts Company and the Electricity Settlements Company. Consultation closes 25th December. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/low-carbon-contracts-company-and-electricity-settlements-company-operational-costs-201718-consultation-on-the-operational-cost-levies
HSE has recently published some proposed changes to the risk assessment guidance contained in INDG163, which would allow duty holders some flexibility to rely on other documents such as procedures, safe systems of work etc. to demonstrate a record of the significant findings of their risk assessment. A draft of the guidance changes and short questionnaire is currently live on their website www.hse.gov.uk/risk/news.htm
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is consulting on WEEE compliance fee methodology 2016. Consultation closes 25th November. Comments are invited on whether the Secretary of State should set a compliance fee for 2016 and if so the extent to which each of the proposals meet the published evaluation criteria. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/consultation-on-weee-compliance