Shetland gas enough for whole of ScotlandDutch Energiesprong housing refurbishment to come to the UKMore energy companies cut the price of gas, and more...
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Issue 431
Wednesday 17 Feb 2015
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A Transformative Approach to Whole House Refurbishment - Energiesprong Supply Chain Opportunities Workshop. Coventry. Tue 23 Feb
This workshop is organised by the Refurbishment as a Manufacturing Industry (REMI) project and supported by Innovate UK. Energiesprong is a revolutionary approach to delivering attractive 'whole-house' refurbishments that have a guaranteed net-zero-energy performance - they produce at least as much energy during a year as they consume (with average use). The afternoon will introduce the nature and scale of this opportunity and provide a forum for companies to come together to think about innovative products, systems and services for the UK market. The event is aimed at anyone working in: the building envelope, building services, refurbishment process delivery (logistics, surveying, transport, installation and finishing) and building operation (energy monitoring and feedback, ongoing maintenance and support).

Dutch Energiesprong housing refurbishment to come to the UK
The European Commission announces €3.6 million Horizon 2020 grant funding to develop the innovative Dutch Energiesprong housing refurbishment approach, the aim being to stimulate mass uptake of net-zero-energy refurbishments of domestic properties in a number of other European countries, including the UK.

ESOS – the proof of the audit is in the saving
The National Energy Foundation’s Senior Energy Specialist, Thom Whiffen, discusses the Foundation’s recent ESOS work and how audits undertaken by the Technical Team identified energy savings totalling 29 GWh per annum, the equivalent of £12.5 million off fuel and utility bills each year.

Ecobuild 2016
Our staff will be taking an active part in Ecobuild again this year. On 8 March, Adam Tilford (Senior Energy Specialist) will be one of the speakers presenting in a session chaired by Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Trust, on closing the loop on building performance in new homes. Adam’s presentation will be entitled: Developing a robust process to close the performance gap at Whitehill & Bordon.
On 10 March, Arno Schmickler will present at a seminar on Energiesprong in the UK. This session will include a number of speakers on Energiesprong and will be chaired by our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford. Arno will present: The business case and potential for an Energiesprong approach in the UK.
RHI evaluated
DECC publishes its reports on the evaluation surveys undertaken of applicants to the domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Footroom/Demand turn-up
National Grid pilots a scheme that incentivises energy-intensive businesses to increase their electricity use when too much renewable energy is being generated.

Potential for heat pumps in DH
A DECC research study analyses the potential for heat pumps to be incorporated into district heating networks.

Smart meter doubts
The UK’s smart meter dilemma looms as the roll-out reaches an important crossroads, which could end in failure.
Improvements for prepayment customers
Ofgem invites comments on its proposals to:
  • Help prepayment customers access more competitive tariffs.
  • Address the costs consumers can face, ensuring that they don’t fall disproportionately on those least able to afford them.
  • Ensure that prepayment customers are treated fairly by their energy providers.
Closing date for responses: Thursday 25 February.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
Friday 26 February is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. The aim is to highlight the cost of cold homes to the NHS, as well as the range of excellent work that is being undertaken across the UK to tackle fuel poverty.

Age UK under investigation over E.on tariff deal
Following a story in the Sun newspaper, Ofgem is to investigate a claim that the charity Age UK promoted unfavourable energy deals to elderly people on behalf of E.on, for a financial return.

How to miss out on Warm Home Discount
The unfairness of missing out on the Government’s £140 Warm Home Discount because of not being a customer of one of the big energy suppliers.

Prepayment meter video guides
Islington Council and Age UK partner to launch a series of three useful and essential video guides on the basics of managing gas and electricity through prepayment. The videos cover: what a tariff is and what details about charges; what customers should do when they move into a new property; how customers can benefit from switching tariff or supplier; any extra help that’s available for vulnerable users.

One million prepayment customers still to claim
Over 1 million prepayment energy users are still to claim the £12 rebate due to them (as a result of the Government reducing the cost of green levies), and they must do so by 28 February.

More energy companies cut the price of gas
Gas price cuts are announced by another four energy suppliers – British Gas (5.1%), eDF (5%), Ecotricity (7%) and Good Energy (7.2%). The new prices will save an average dual-fuel customer between £31 and £46 per year.

Evidence to support switching
Supporting evidence from DECC on how many households could save around £200 per year by switching their energy supplier.

Energy inefficient Cornwall homes
North Cornwall residents are shown to be three times as likely to live in a very energy inefficient home compared with the rest of the country.

SSE increases customers’ cost to contact
After making £1.5 billion profit SSE is criticised for ditching a free 0800 phone number and replacing it with a line that costs customers between 9 and 40p per minute.

Grant for practical advice
A government Big Energy Saving Network grant allows staff at a housing association to work with community volunteers to offer a range of practical energy advice to their tenants.

CofE Bishop endorses renewables campaign
The Church of England's lead bishop for environmental issues endorses a campaign encouraging Christians to choose renewable electricity tariffs.

Green student week
Students 'Go Green' in a week of sustainable behaviour and energy saving at events across 138 student properties in the UK.
Big Birmingham housing retrofit
In 2016/17, Birmingham City Council is to invest £59 million in its properties, including upgraded heating systems and insulation.

An EU project to retrofit school buildings to nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) standards. The project helps to significantly reduce energy use in schools while, at the same time, create and secure comfortable and healthy conditions for pupils and teachers.

Solar savings for shopping centre
1,100 solar panels installed on the roof of a Hull shopping centre will produce 35% of the centre’s electricity needs and cut costs by £30,000 a year.

LED plan for M&S
Marks & Spencer aims for its entire estate to be lit by LED lighting by 2025.

National Trust’s multi-million investment in renewables
The National Trust’s £30 million investment in renewable energy includes replacing oil-fired heating that used 25,000 litres a year, with wood pellet boilers at Upton House in Warwickshire.

Energy savings over £1m
Cutting energy use results in cost savings of over £1 million over the last four years at London's Exchange House.
Smart glass saves on energy use and bills
Switchable smart glass improves energy efficiency by blocking out heat and light when necessary, thereby avoiding the need to overly use heating, air conditioning or lighting.
Nuclear power stations’ life extended
Big Six supplier eDF extends the life of four nuclear power stations that provide electricity to around a quarter of UK homes.

Shetland gas enough for whole of Scotland
Massive new gas fields off Shetland could supply 100% of Scotland's gas needs, analysts say.

World record wind farm
The world's largest offshore wind farm (1.2GW) is to be built off the Yorkshire coast and will produce enough electricity for over 1 million homes.
Innovate UK BPE non-dom reports
Innovate UK publishes its non-domestic building performance evaluation reports, which find that these buildings rarely meet their performance expectations. The reports also provide advice to the construction industry on best practices.

Building Data Exchange website launched
The Digital Catapult launches the new Building Data Exchange website, which makes the data, pitfalls and best practice from the Building Performance Evaluation programme available to help industry and stimulate innovation.
Research on RHI among social housing providers
DECC publishes the findings of its research into the thoughts of social housing providers on renewable heat and the role of the Renewable Heat Incentive in their decision-making.

Energy storage to come of age?
A prediction that energy storage is poised for a breakthrough in the coming years, and that it has the potential to help reduce energy bills and improve the UK’s energy security.

Powerwall first in UK
Domestic energy storage gets off the starting block in the UK as a home in Wales installs the first Tesla Powerwall battery.

Government money for big companies to reduce strain
Criticism that some big companies are awarded Government money to part-finance energy efficiency measures in an effort to reduce demand on the grid.
Largest Passivhaus housing
A new housing estate in Camden is expected to be the biggest residential Passivhaus development in the UK.

Solar for Swindon?
Swindon Borough Council considers a community solar project that will offer residents a 6% return for 20 years, with the proposed 5MW solar farm generating enough electricity for 1,200 typical homes.

Car manufacturers’ energy savings slow
A survey reveals that energy savings by major car manufacturers have slowed, with total energy usage dropping by just 0.8% in 2013.

Floating PV to power water
Europe's largest floating solar array is to be built in London by Thames Water to power its nearby treatment works.

Irish stadium 100% renewable
Ireland's national stadium moves to 100% renewable energy with its new supplier also advising on energy efficiency and reducing future energy use.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
What’s the ‘Opportunity’ in ESOS? edie webinar. Thu 25 Feb
This webinar will consider how to ensure that opportunity is realised, turning compliance into business benefit. Specifically, it will provide an insight into energy managers’ experience of the compliance process, and how they are using the findings to engage with employees, get buy-in from the board and drive real change in their organisations. 

New Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in advanced manufacturing, energy efficiency building, nanotech and Factories of the Future. Manchester. Tue 8 Mar
An information event to present new funding opportunities in the nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing and processing (NMP), Energy Efficiency, Factories for the Future arena for 2016-2017 under Horizon2020, the €79 billion innovation programme funded by the European Commission. Places are limited to 50. Registration closes on 26th February 2016.

ESOS Showcase. London. Tue 15 Mar
This UK-GBC event will take a detailed look at the debut year of the scheme. The first half of the event will focus on learning lessons from the policy itself: what worked and what didn’t, and how the scheme could be improved ahead of the next audit cycle. The second half will focus on how industry responded: showcasing ambitious action taken by those covered by the scheme, and how the supply chain rose to the challenge of supporting that ambition.

Building Better Buildings Breakfast Seminar. Cardiff. Tue 22 March
Hosted jointly by Innovate UK and the Zero Carbon Hub, this breakfast seminar will provide an opportunity to hear more about the Innovate UK’s Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) project. The seminar promises to demystify the ‘performance gap’ and highlight the latest learning from two BPE projects.
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