Life after DECC

Managing Director of NAPIT Certification David Cowburn discusses how the recent restructure of the Department of Energy & Climate (DECC) could affect the energy efficiency and renewable’s industry and beyond. Of the recent whirlwind of activity across Westminster throughout the last few months, perhaps one of the most overlooked shifts was the restructure of DECC on the 14th July. In its place, the newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government created a new department. The…

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District heating points way forward for energy prepayment revolution

Ofgem, which has called energy prepayment the option of ‘last resort’, has announced a price cap for customers until the roll-out of smart meters in 2020. But smart metering is already being widely used in the district heating sector, where it is revolutionising prepayment and reducing energy bills. Customer friendly smart meters are fast making prepayment the first choice option for thousands of residents connected to community heating schemes. Technology from metering and billing specialist…

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Nearly three quarters of local authorities are not monitoring computer energy consumption, new research finds

Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of green strategies in local government Only seven local authorities in London are able to accurately calculate the power consumption of their desktop computers, according to results from a new freedom of information (FOI) request conducted by Streamwire. With personal computers taking up such a large proportion of office energy consumption, the findings cast doubt on whether many local authorities are doing enough to reduce energy use – and importantly,…

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Businesses with supplies that exceed available capacities will be charged default rates from 2018

Ofgem is introducing a new measure to ensure that half hourly supplies that exceed the assigned available capacity will pay significantly more. DCP 161 is a change to the DCUSA (Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement) that will introduce Excess Capacity penalties for half hourly electricity supplies. The change is being introduced from 1st April 2018 to recover the additional costs that DNOs (Distribution Network Operators) can incur when customers exceed their available capacity…

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Governments of all stripes have failed on energy, say business leaders

Successive governments since the beginning of the century have failed to deliver secure and competitively-priced energy, a damning new survey of business leaders reveals today. A poll of nearly 1,000 bosses by the Institute of Directors found that seven in ten thought Labour, Coalition and Conservative administrations had all failed to make energy available at a reasonable cost. Two-thirds also complained politicians had not succeeded in ensuring the UK would always have the power it…

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Business will be key driver of global climate action, new research report reveals

BY 2030, business could cut its greenhouse gas emissions globally by 3.7bn metric tons of CO2equivalent a year or 60% of total emission cuts pledged in Paris by NDCs EMISSION cuts could reach around 10bn metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year, well over halfway to sub 2°C, with right policy environment for enhanced climate action RESEARCH conducted by New Climate Institute and CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, on five key global climate action…

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Liverpool NHS, Carbon and Energy Fund Pioneer Efficiency Innovation

Three Liverpool hospitals receive new Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ certification, £100 million to be deployed across EU, UK A consortium of three National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in Liverpool is the first in Europe to receive the newly launched Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) certification. Launched today by Environmental Defense Fund’s Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, the IREE certification for commercial and multifamily residential buildings is granted to projects that follow ICP’s framework, and provides…

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How to understand business energy wastage for lower bills

Inprova Energy has published a new eGuide to show facilities managers how to reduce energy costs via better monitoring and targeting of consumption management. The free e-guide details four steps facilities managers can take to understand and profile energy use. This will help inform their energy strategy and lead to lower bills. “If you think your energy bill is a fixed cost that’s out of your control, think again”, said Kerry Hamilton, Head of Energy…

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Energy Institute offers new online qualification in energy management

The Energy Institute (EI), the chartered professional membership body for the global energy sector, now offers a new online qualification in energy management. Level 2: Energy Management Professional provides students with the opportunity to complete 15 modules on a variety of energy management topics, and to carry out a feasibility study of a real-world problem in their organisation, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of energy management. Will Sadler, Training Team Manager, Energy Institute,…

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Making the case for sustainable heating

Energy firm SSE publishes report making the case for increased use of district heating to help combat heating efficiency and affordability. The Sustainable Heating: Reducing Costs, Improving Comfort and Lowering Carbon Emissions report found one retrofit project at the Wyndford Estate in Glasgow has delivered a 62% reduction in CO2 emissions since it was installed in 2012. The results also show that lives have significantly improved, comfort has increased, and jobs and economic value have…

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