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10:00, 11th April 2017

E.ON begins storage installation at biomass CHP plant

E.ON has begun installing a 10 MW lithium ion battery at its biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield.

The new energy storage project will help keep power supplies stable and balance the range of power generation sources feeding into the UK’s national grid.Blackburn Meadows CHP

E.ON’s was one of eight projects to be awarded a contract by UK transmission system operator National Grid, which will use the batteries to help balance supply and demand, a role which is becoming increasingly important with the growth of more volatile, weather-dependent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. It is estimated that these projects will save National Grid and thus customers about £200 million a year on transmission costs.

As well as helping to make more efficient use of renewable energy sources, the batteries will also be able to provide extra power to the network at times of peak demand as part of the Capacity Market.

Blackburn Meadows CHP plant is a 30 MW renewable energy plant that can produce enough power for around 40,000 homes, converting recycled waste wood into electricity. It also uses combined heat and power technology that captures the heat produced through the electricity generation process to be used in a district heating scheme providing heat to customers including Sheffield Forgemasters, the Motorpoint Arena and Ice Sheffield.

Originally published at Decentralised Energy.

10:00, 3rd April 2017

UK businesses call on Government to embrace low-carbon future and enact climate change legislation

'The bottom line is that a low-carbon economy is good for business,' says construction firm

A group of businesses has offered to help the Government come up with a new plan to fight climate change amid fears that the UK is wavering in its commitment.

According to the landmark 2008 Climate Change Act, Ministers are legally required to spell out how the UK will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next few years.

But, despite signing up to a bold new target to reduce emissions by 57 per cent by 2030 last year, the Government has repeatedly delayed saying how this will actually be achieved – in an apparent breach of the law.

Now 30 businesses, including Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, and engineering giant Arup, have written to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark – responsible for climate change after Theresa May abolished the dedicated Cabinet post – urging him to commit to an ambitious energy efficiency drive as part of the forthcoming Clean Power Plan.

The letter, which was coordinated by environmental campaign group WWF, argued this was one of the “most cost-effective” ways of meeting the UK’s climate targets and pointed to a string of other benefits.

Better insulated homes would mean fewer people living in fuel poverty and reduce rates of illness associated with living in a cold house, saving the NHS money, the businesses said.

Recent research has also showed that a nationwide push to improve the energy efficiency of homes could create up to 108,000 jobs a year, they added.

Read the full story at the Independent online.

'The bottom line is that a low-carbon economy is good for business,' says construction firm

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A group of businesses has offered to help the Government come up with a new plan to fight climate change amid fears that the UK is wavering in its commitment.

According to the landmark 2008 Climate Change Act, Ministers are legally required to spell out how the UK will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next few years.

But, despite signing up to a bold new target to reduce emissions by 57 per cent by 2030 last year, the Government has repeatedly delayed saying how this will actually be achieved – in an apparent breach of the law.

Now 30 businesses, including Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, and engineering giant Arup, have written to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark – responsible for climate change after Theresa May abolished the dedicated Cabinet post – urging him to commit to an ambitious energy efficiency drive as part of the forthcoming Clean Power Plan.

The letter, which was coordinated by environmental campaign group WWF, argued this was one of the “most cost-effective” ways of meeting the UK’s climate targets and pointed to a string of other benefits.

Better insulated homes would mean fewer people living in fuel poverty and reduce rates of illness associated with living in a cold house, saving the NHS money, the businesses said.

Recent research has also showed that a nationwide push to improve the energy efficiency of homes could create up to 108,000 jobs a year, they added.

UK businesses call on Government to embrace low-carbon future and enact climate change legislation

 

'The bottom line is that a low-carbon economy is good for business,' says construction firm

 

Kingfisher, the owners of B&Q, are among the companies calling for a major energy efficiency drive Reuters

A group of businesses has offered to help the Government come up with a new plan to fight climate change amid fears that the UK is wavering in its commitment.

 

According to the landmark 2008 Climate Change Act, Ministers are legally required to spell out how the UK will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next few years.

 

But, despite signing up to a bold new target to reduce emissions by 57 per cent by 2030 last year, the Government has repeatedly delayed saying how this will actually be achieved – in an apparent breach of the law.

 

Now 30 businesses, including Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, and engineering giant Arup, have written to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark – responsible for climate change after Theresa May abolished the dedicated Cabinet post – urging him to commit to an ambitious energy efficiency drive as part of the forthcoming Clean Power Plan.

 

The letter, which was coordinated by environmental campaign group WWF, argued this was one of the “most cost-effective” ways of meeting the UK’s climate targets and pointed to a string of other benefits.

 

Better insulated homes would mean fewer people living in fuel poverty and reduce rates of illness associated with living in a cold house, saving the NHS money, the businesses said.

 

Recent research has also showed that a nationwide push to improve the energy efficiency of homes could create up to 108,000 jobs a year, they added.

10:00, 27th March 2017

Evinox offering CIBSE approved CPD seminars

With the increasing focus on district heating and decentralised energy, Evinox Energy offer a CPD seminar providing the opportunity to explore the topic in depth and identify new ways to add value, performance and efficiency.

Their seminar entitled “Next Generation Heat Networks – Key Considerations” is accredited by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and provides credits towards consulting engineers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

They offer an informative and educational 60 minute seminar, ideal for M&E consultants, contractors, developers and housing associations, and covers topics including -

 

  • Communal / District Heating Overview
  • Regulations and Guidelines
  • Heat Network Design Principles
  • Heat Interface Units (HIUs)
  • Network Pipework Sizing
  • Central Plant - Capacity Calculation
  • Metering, Billing and Revenue Management
  • Remote Surveillance

 

The seminar can be held at client’s premises or at the Evinox Energy offices in Chessington, and at a time convenient to you.

Their speakers are highly experienced in communal and district heating with relevant professional qualifications. A certificate will be provided to all attendees for obtaining CIBSE CPD points and refreshments will be supplied.

Please contact Evinox on 01372 722277 or complete the contact form on their website for further information or to book a seminar.

10:00, 24th March 2017

GTC announces the appointment of a new regional sales manager for the Midlands region

ukDEA member GTC, the leading independent multi-utility network provider, is expanding its sales management team with the appointment of Andy Thatcher as Regional Sales Manager for the Midlands region.

GTC uniquely delivers the full range of all six utility infrastructure solutions to the new-build market and Andy’s extensive experience in the utilities sector makes him particularly well-qualified to work with GTC’s customers. The expansion of the sales management team reflects GTC’s commitment to delivering excellent customer service in all aspects of its business.

Andy has over 25 years’ experience in the energy supply and distribution sector and in addition has specialised in the water and communications industries, working for an extensive range of utility companies including British Gas Business, Eon, Cable and Wireless and Three Valleys Water. With a strong track record in managing projects and building valuable customer relationships, Andy also holds an MBA, demonstrating his in-depth knowledge of business and management, key to understanding the priorities of housebuilders and developers.

GTC’s multi-utility offering comprises gas, electricity, Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH), water, wastewater and district energy.

Visit www.gtc-uk.co.uk

10:00, 23rd March 2017

Works on Tuscan district heating project under way

Enel Green Power has started work on a geothermal district heating project in Piancastagnaio, near Siena in Tuscany, Italy.

The system will be built in the industrial area of the municipality to provide heating to the companies located in “La Rota” and will help companies to greatly reduce the cost for the use of heat as well as contribute to environmental sustainability.

The project grew from a collaboration between the Municipal Administration of Piancastagnaio and Enel Green Power

The work should be completed by Autumn of 2017 and the investment by Enel Green Power in the project is about EUR 1.5 million.

The district heating network of “La Rota” supplements the heat system already present in Pomarance, Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Maritime Monterotondo, Montieri, Monteverdi Maritime, Radicondoli (under construction) and Santa Fiora.

Originally published at Decentralized Energy.