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The Energy Services Directive, the carbon reduction commitment and nuclear power will top the agenda at The Energy Event 2009, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, from 9-10 September.

The Energy Services Directive impacts on providers and users of energy.

It covers all forms of energy, including electricity, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and other fuels such as coal and heating oil, biomass and transport fuels (except aviation and bunker fuels).

The directive applies to all energy users (except those involved with the EU carbon emissions trading scheme) and providers of energy efficiency measures, energy distributors, distribution-system operators and retail energy sales companies.

The main requirements of the directive are: an energy savings target of nine per cent by 2017; public sector to fulfil a lead role; EU member states required to place obligations on energy suppliers and distributors to promote energy efficiency; and requirements on metering and billing to allow consumers to make more informed decisions about energy use.

The carbon reduction commitment (CRC) is a cap and trade scheme that requires participants to buy and then redeem certificates against energy use.

The CRC scheme, which begins in April 2010, will apply to larger energy end-users such as supermarkets, hotel chains, banks and other multi-site businesses, central government and large local authorities.

It will affect those with half-hourly metered electricity consumption greater than 6,000MWh a year.

This equates to an electricity bill above GBP500,000, although it would apply to emissions from direct energy-use as well as electricity bought.

Although revenue-neutral to the exchequer, the CRC will have cash-flow implications and it has been estimated that an energy saving of five per cent will be needed to cover the average cost of administration within an organisation.

Central to the CRC implementation is a league table that will be used to reward those that perform well and penalise those that do not.

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