Consultation Hub

This site will help you find, share and participate in consultations run by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, and its predecessor, the former Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

For more information on government consultations, or see a list of consultations across government, visit GOV.UK.

Open Consultations

  • Long Duration Electricity Storage

    Long duration storage (LDES) is a key enabler to a secure, cost-effective and low carbon energy system. LDES can help to decarbonise the system by storing excess renewable generation over longer periods of time (days, weeks, and months), replacing flexibility from fossil fuelled generation and...

    Closes 5 March 2024

  • Proposed amendments to Contracts for Difference for Allocation Round 7 and future rounds

    We're seeking views on potential amendments to Allocation Round 7 and future rounds of the Contracts for Difference scheme, which supports renewable electricity generators. Read the consultation document on GOV.UK .

    Closes 7 March 2024

  • A National Policy Statement for new nuclear power generation - Consultation on the new approach to siting beyond 2025

    The purpose of this consultation is to begin the process towards designating a new Nuclear National Policy Statement, applicable to nuclear power stations expected to deploy beyond 2025. Some material updates to the existing policy for siting nuclear power stations have been proposed and the...

    Closes 10 March 2024

  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Future Markets Policy

    The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) Authority (UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for Northern Ireland) is seeking input on a number of proposals to develop future markets policy. The Authority is...

    Closes 11 March 2024

  • UK ETS Free Allocation Review

    The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) Authority (UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for Northern Ireland, hereinafter ‘the Authority’) is seeking input on a number of proposals to improve our approach to free...

    Closes 11 March 2024

Closed Consultations

  • Transitional support mechanism for large-scale biomass electricity generators

    The government is considering whether a transitional support mechanism is required to facilitate the move from large scale biomass generation to power bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This would apply in certain circumstances where there is an interim period between the relevant...

    Closed 29 February 2024

  • Heat Network Zoning Consultation 2023

    This consultation seeks views on proposals for design and delivery of heat network zoning in England, which is enabled by powers provided by the Energy Act 2023. Responses to this consultation will help inform secondary legislation (“the zoning regulations”), which we intend to lay in Parliament in...

    Closed 26 February 2024

  • Hydrogen to Power: Consultation on the Need, and Design, for a Hydrogen to Power Market Intervention

    This consultation seeks views on government’s minded-to position that market intervention could be required to mitigate deployment barriers identified through our external analysis to accelerate deployment of hydrogen to power (H2P) and support our commitment for a decarbonised and secure power...

    Closed 22 February 2024

  • Climate Change Agreements: consultation on a new scheme

    The Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme is a voluntary scheme that encourages businesses in a wide range of industrial sectors with energy-intensive processes to invest in energy efficiency measures in return for access to reduced rates of Climate Change Levy (CCL). It directly supports an energy...

    Closed 14 February 2024

  • Second Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2): Expression of Interest

    To be able to make an application to the Second Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2), the Project Representative must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to DESNZ on behalf of their Project by 23:59 on 5 th February 2024. Submitting an EoI by this date will allow projects access to the Online...

    Closed 5 February 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We invited views on how to improve the UK’s product safety framework. The government is committed to ensuring that only safe products can be placed on the market now and in the future. Effective product safety regulation is essential for public protection, ensuring fair competition, consumer confidence and supporting innovative and safe products to reach the market. Government also has the opportunity to regulate product safety in a way that supports our Net Zero ambitions. 

You said

We received 158 responses from interested parties. A summary of the responses is included in the government response document.

Based on what we heard from respondents, while the current framework has strengths, it is facing significant and growing challenges and needs ambitious significant reform to be more adaptable and capable of responding to accelerating change. Government recognises the need for a long-term approach and for there to be regulatory change, to fully address the challenges raised by respondents.

We did

In the coming months we intend to consult on an ambitious and multi-faceted reform programme, with priorities including helping businesses to understand their legal obligations by ensuring our future framework is as simple, consistent, and risk proportionate as possible. We will also consider how product safety processes and testing requirements could become more risk based, addressing the impact of the changes brought by e-Commerce to the product safety framework, including gaps in enforcement powers that have emerged with the rise of new technology and business models.

Ensuring that the future framework takes full advantage of the UK having left the EU, is adaptable and responsive to the challenges of the future will require legislative change. We value the expertise and insights that stakeholders have offered as part of this exercise to inform our review, and we will continue to work with them as we develop our evidence base, with a view to putting forward proposals for consultation in due course.

In addition to looking at longer term reform, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is taking immediate actions, in particular to address safety risks from products being sold online. This includes issuing a warning to UK consumers, highlighting the product safety risks when shopping online and leading a programme of work focusing on the safety and compliance of goods sold by third-party sellers on online marketplaces.

We asked

We invited views on removing the requirement for offshore oil and gas operators to make relevant documents available for public inspection at a specified address, where the effects of coronavirus related restrictions on movement meant that it is was not reasonably practicable for the public to access documents in this way. We proposed that the offshore oil and gas operators instead made the documents available on a publicly accessible website.

You said

We received 3 responses from interested parties. You queried that while websites which will host the documents may not be in the purview of the regulations, but will be delivering what amounts to a public service, if these websites would meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We did

In addition to the offshore oil and gas operators making the documents available on their websites BEIS would consider making the documents available on our website which does meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We asked

We sought views on the draft Co-ordination of Regulatory Enforcement Regulations 2017 which include measures to ensure that Primary Authority can operate from 1 October 2017 when the scheme is extended and simplified by provisions in the Enterprise Act 2016.  We also asked for views on replacing the ‘categories’ system for defining the scope of partnerships.

You said

We received 64 formal responses and also obtained feedback from around 240 stakeholders who attended engagement events held during the consultation period.  

Stakeholders were broadly supportive of the measures in the draft regulations. There was a wider range of views on the proposed new approach for determining the scope of partnerships.

We did

As a result of the consultation responses and wider stakeholder feedback we have amended the draft regulations. 

We have also produced draft revised Primary Authority Statutory Guidance. This reflects and clarifies the changes to Primary Authority introduced by the Enterprise Act 2016 and the new secondary legislation. It also describes how the new approach to defining partnerships will work in practice. 

The full Government response is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/unlocking-the-potential-of-primary-authority