As snug as a chicken in feathersCrematorium heat for local homesPV deployment takes a nosediveStorage is the future and more...
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Issue 435
Wednesday 13 April 2016
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edie 5th Energy Management Conference. Birmingham. Wed 20 April
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, will be speaking at this conference, which will explore and showcase innovative ways to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and reduce costs. 
Malcolm will be talking about the benefits of improving the use of energy - reducing energy costs and increasing savings.

Energy-efficiency in non-domestic buildings – insights and experiences
Insight from the National Energy Foundation’s Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, who looks at the root causes of poor energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings, some real-life examples and what to do about the problem.

Energiesprong – making net-zero energy housing a reality
Arno Schmickler, Programme Director of Energiesprong UK, explains the Energiesprong model and looks at its success in the Netherlands and what it’s going to take to kick-start mass uptake of net-zero energy refurbishments of domestic properties in the UK, starting with the social housing sector.

edie Live, 17-18 May. NEC, Birmingham
edie Live (formerly Sustainability Live) is the UK's leading sustainability, energy and resource efficiency exhibition for business end users. Learn how to sell your ideas to your employees and your boardroom. See the latest tech solutions in live demonstrations and find partners to collaborate with to future-proof your business. Get the broadest yet most detailed view on the ‘here and now’ operational practicalities in the seminar theatres, as well as look into the future of a more sustainable business world in the strategic edie Leaders conference. You’ll find it all in just two days at edie Live.
On day one in the Energy Efficiency Theatre, our Ian Byrne will be speaking: Visions for the future – planning, priorities and staying ahead of the energy curve at a session entitled 'Energy Efficiency – present and future’.

The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 3 May. London
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 10 May. London
  • The Business Case for Retrofit. 17 May. London
  • Retrofit Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation. 26 May. London
  • Building Services Retrofit. 1 June. London
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit. 8 June. London
  • Retrofit Building Physics. 9 June. London
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management. 21 June. London
The Retrofit Academy has secured government funding to cover much of the cost for local authorities (100% of course fees) and supply chain/SMEs (66% of course fees) but the funding is ONLY available to organisations based in the following areas: Aylesbury Vale, Bucks County, Cherwell, Chiltern, Cotswold, London Borough of Ealing, Milton Keynes, South Bucks District, South Oxfordshire, Three Rivers, Vale of White Horse, Watford Borough, West Berkshire, West Oxfordshire and Wycombe.
PV deployment takes a nosedive
Statistics released by DECC show that new deployment of PV in February was only 11MW (3,500 installations) compared to previous February’s figure of c150MW.

Ambitious plan to “hugely cut carbon emissions overnight”
DECC plans to meet with industry to discuss a plan for reducing carbon emissions by replacing LPG with biopropane in homes that are off gas grid.

Domestic wood use baseline established
DECC publishes the summary results of its domestic wood use survey, which was undertaken to establish a 2014 baseline.

Smart meter roll-out update
The latest quarterly statistics (to 31 Dec 2015) released by DECC show that there are now around 2.85 million domestic and non-domestic smart meters operating in Great Britain.

Energy price of BREXIT?
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, makes the case for the UK staying in the EU and highlights the possibility of leaving pushing up energy bills by £500 million per year.

Future energy efficiency policy - learning from the past
The latest DECC statistics on household energy efficiency provide lessons to be learnt and insights for the formulation of future Government policy.

LZC new homes targets achievable?
A new report by RICS and the universities of Westminster and Hertfordshire challenges the Government’s ability to meet EU targets for delivering low-carbon new homes.

Tata Steel and green taxes
A look at how much 'green' policies and their associated taxes have contributed to the situation at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant.

Where next for ESOS?
The Carbon Trust looks at what has been learned from the ESOS energy saving opportunities scheme. It highlights typical potential savings of up to 20%, which could translate into £250 million if just 5% of them were implemented.

Round 6 HNDU opens
DECC opens Round 6 of the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) funding to local authorities in England and Wales who are seeking to develop heat networks projects (namely heat mapping, energy master planning, feasibility studies, detailed project development, and commercialisation).

DECC organogram
The latest, updated DECC organogram provides an overview of the department’s top level structure and senior team leaders.
Energy-intensive industries exemption from green energy policy costs
The Government launches consultation on exemption (to come into force in 2017) for energy-intensive industries from major energy tariff costs - worth £390 million a year.

Government consults on WHD
The Government opens its consultation on the future of the Warm Home Discount Scheme with the proposed changes to take effect during 2016/17. Closing date for submissions: Friday 6 May.

Ofgem Demand Side Response survey
Take part in the Ofgem Demand Side Response survey, which is being undertaken to understand the barriers to providing DSR in the industrial and commercial sector.
Leeds sets up energy company
Leeds City Council presses ahead with setting up a not-for-profit energy company to serve local residents.

Switching up
DECC’s quarterly statistics (to the end of December 2015) show that the number of households switching energy supplier is up on the same period in 2014.

The internet of things explained in practice
A demonstrator smart home is set up in a John Lewis store to explain the internet of things to customers.

Call for end to cold homes and fuel poverty in Scotland
50 major organisation call on the Scottish Government to end the "scourge" of 1.4 million cold homes after it’s revealed that about 62% of homes are "unhealthily cold".
Byker PV
The iconic Byker Wall housing estate in Newcastle undergoes a £26 million refurbishment that includes 132 solar panels.

Significant CHP investment at Edinburgh uni
The University of Edinburgh invests £11 million in a CHP system to provide low-carbon energy to its campuses, thereby reducing both its carbon emissions and energy bills.

Renewable energy powers big
Large organisations such as IKEA, Mars, HP and Google prove it's possible to power large companies on renewable energy, with many having a target as early as 2020.

Clean–burning hydrogen coming to a town near you
Leeds could be the trial city for replacing gas used in domestic appliances (such as boilers and cookers) with clean-burning hydrogen, in a bid to meet greenhouse gas emissions.
Transparent wood developed
Swedish researchers develop transparent wood. Because it’s low-cost, readily available and renewable, they reckon it’s a good material for mass production and for replacing glass in windows, façades and solar cells.

Research project wins €2m Horizon 2020 funding
An Irish energy consumption research project wins €2m Horizon 2020 funding to develop cloud software, using a citizen engagement strategy to manage and support smart energy usage for sustainable district heating and cooling systems.

As snug as a chicken in feathers
Students at Imperial College London develop FeatherFill, a new home insulation product that makes use of waste feathers from chicken farms.
Storage is the future
A report claims that energy storage could save the UK £2.4 billion every year by 2030 and, if only 50% of the recommendations are implemented, could reduce household energy bills by £50 per year.

Why energy price is the least of your worries
A recording of a 2degreesnetwork webinar in which the subject of how businesses can be impacted by energy issues other than cost is discussed.

£1bn of possible energy savings for business
‘Big Six’ energy company Npower targets £1 billion worth of savings for its business customers by focusing on behaviour change through its energy management firm which specialises in company habits.

Why district heating fails
A look at why so many district/communal heating schemes fail to meet their expected performance levels.

Ikea back into PV
Ikea is to re-join the UK PV retail market in 2016/17 with the aim of becoming the number one residential solar retailer.

More PV jobs go
Two Norwich PV installer companies collapse leaving significant debts and costing at least 65 jobs.

Would-be Mayor commits to solar
London mayoral candidate, Zac Goldsmith, promises a solar revolution in the capital with increased take-up of PV on schools and homes.

London Greens commit on energy
In its mayoral election manifesto, the London Green Party pledges to run the city on renewable energy by 2050, and makes commitments on fuel poverty, introducing an affordable energy supply and saving energy in the GLA building estate.

‘Up in the air’ advice on boilers
A report on how to solve London’s air quality crisis by Kings College London and Policy Exchange advises the next Mayor of the need to clean up the city's boilers.

Parking solar
The UK’s largest solar carport goes live at a Nottingham leisure centre.

One of last RO solar farms goes live
One of the last big solar farms to be launched under the Renewables Obligation goes live and will produce enough electricity for the equivalent of 15,000 homes.

Costa moves forward on more zero-energy outlets
Whitbread-owned Costa plans to construct at least four more zero-energy ‘eco-pod’ coffee shops across the UK over the next 12 months.

Passive house development for IOW
A development of 28 affordable and attractive passive house homes is planned on the Isle of Wight (see page 35).

Crematorium heat for local homes
A Cheshire council is to look into the feasibility of using heat from a crematorium to fuel a local district heating system.

Wind power benefits hospital
A Norfolk hospital is to make use of renewable electricity thanks to a large-scale, on-site 0.8MW capacity wind turbine. The turbine will feed electricity direct into the hospital buildings, thereby reducing both carbon emissions and energy bills.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
edie 5th Energy Management Conference. Birmingham. Wed 20 April
This conference will explore and showcase innovative ways to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and reduce costs. 

Low-energy guides - industry sessions
In these sessions, the Zero Carbon Hub and the Green Register will provide the latest on building services, good practice on site, thermal bridging, SAP assessment and compliance with Building Regulations Part L1A. All delegates will receive a copy of the Zero Carbon Hub’s new suite of four illustrated sustainable building guides aimed at achieving energy-efficient homes. Retrofit for builders: Making it work – making it pay. Brighton. Friday 22 April
Free one-day conference and exhibition. This Federation of Master Builders event is ideal for builders who wish to extend their range of services, grow their client base and take advantage of a significant change in the core market for construction services.

Introduction to ground and water source heat pump schemes. London. Tue 10 May
Aimed at building owners or those involved in developing energy strategies, this CIBSE course provides an overview of ground and water source heat pump schemes. It outlines the key benefits and challenges of this technology and different ways it can be applied.

Heat Networks: From cash to commissioning - Practical steps for project delivery. Manchester. 26 May
The Association for Decentralised Energy’s annual District Heating Conference and Marketplace provides the opportunity for the industry to network, exhibit and learn about the latest best practice in the district heating sector.

New approaches to funding and delivering energy-efficiency in homes. Watford. Tue 5 July
This one-day conference, aimed at housing associations, large private estate owners, architects and contractors, examines alternative funding for projects and explores how refurbishment projects can be made more efficient and cost-effective through improved management of the supply chain and the use of innovation.
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