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Wednesday 14 September 2016
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National Energy Foundation Impact Report 2015-16
We're proud of the work we do, the practical impact it has on people's lives and the contribution it makes towards improving the use of energy in buildings. We're pleased to launch our latest annual impact report. All our most recent work and projects in a snazzy and colourful newsletter!

Keeping Kids Cosy
We’ve recently launched our Keeping Kids Cosy scheme - a great new project that aims to help families with young children across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire who are struggling with fuel poverty. The funding for the scheme is provided by The Scottish Power Energy People Trust.

SuperHome Open Days
This year’s SuperHome Open Days are already well underway and the closing event is on 2 October. Try the SuperHome Locator to see the tours that are still available and to book a free tour. If you’re considering improving your own home, this is a golden opportunity to visit a similar property and get a real feel for the type of home energy improvements that you could make. We look forward to welcoming you to an event.

NEF VACANCY – Building Energy Specialist
We are looking to strengthen our technical capability and build on our capacity to provide robust and innovative solutions that help to improve the use of energy in both non-domestic and domestic buildings. If you are enthusiastic and self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and want to make a difference in the energy use and comfort of existing and new buildings, this role could be for you. Although we are ideally looking for someone with knowledge and experience in a number of areas, we are prepared to appoint a recent graduate who shows potential; in which case we would adapt the role and responsibilities appropriately and provide training and professional development. Closing date: 5pm on Friday 30 September.

National Housing Federation Development, Asset Management and Maintenance Conference and Exhibition 2016. Birmingham. 21-22 September
On the first day of this NHF conference, our Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, will be presenting as part of the 4:30pm session: Innovation in Asset Management. The aim of this conference is to help social housing providers accelerate housing delivery and manage their homes and services to ensure they meet the needs of their tenants and the housing regulator. The conference outlines how associations can develop and integrate new build and asset programmes to deliver great homes and strong and resilient communities. It also provides delegates with up-to-the-minute sessions on current asset management policy development and practical sessions about practice on the ground. It focuses on how asset management can help to deliver sustainable homes and communities, and how to maximise affordable housing delivery in an era of ‘Starter Homes’.
This is an annual event that has a strong audience of asset managers and development practitioners. It also has the added benefit of being part of the first Housing Week, which consists of four huge events:
  • Annual Conference and Exhibition.
  • Young Leaders’ Experience.
  • Health and Housing and Development.
  • Asset Management and Maintenance Conference.
The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
The Retrofit Academy provides Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses on the following subjects in London, Manchester and Milton Keynes:
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit.
  • Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation.
  • Building Services for Retrofit.
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit.
  • Retrofit Building Physics.
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
  • The Business Case for Retrofit.
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit.
EU meets energy target six years early – accident or design?
Although the EU meets its maximum energy consumption target six years early, is it primarily because of policy or as a result of the effects of the economic downturn and the resulting reductions in energy use in the energy-intensive and residential sectors?

Is the UK’s energy efficiency policy working?
Is energy efficiency policy working? Is regulation driving investment in energy efficiency or are people just ticking boxes and doing the same old things? Make your views known. Take The Energyst survey that will form the basis of a comprehensive and independent report on business energy investment in the UK. 

Select Committee highlights possibility of UK missing renewables targets
The latest report from the House of Commons’ Energy and Climate Change Select Committee criticises the Government and warns that, on its current course, the UK will miss its 2020 target of providing 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources. Although it will probably exceed its target for renewable electricity, the UK is not even halfway towards the renewable heat target of 12% and has actually fallen further behind on renewable transport over the past year.

Government urged to reverse on recent energy policy decisions
The Chair of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee argues that the UK Government must reverse last year's energy policy decisions to enable businesses to benefit from cost-effective, low-carbon energy, and it must also promote investment in green technologies.

Renewable alternatives to Hinkley
A think tank claims that renewable energy alternatives, supported by gas, offer huge savings over the proposed Hinkley Point C power station.

Government urged to support new home energy improvement scheme 
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, publishes a report urging the government to introduce ‘Help to Improve’ loans and ISAs to incentivise home energy improvements, following the end of the unsuccessful Green Deal in 2015.

Energy sector experiencing 'negative impacts' of Brexit vote
In a recent survey, 56% of the 89 UK energy efficiency organisations and suppliers questioned believe that the decision to leave the EU is already having a negative impact on their businesses, and that it’s a matter of time before consumers are subject to price increases

Government advised to get a move on with CCS
An advisory group set up by Ministers urges the Government to kick-start the carbon capture and storage industry with the establishment of a government-backed company, and make the move to convert from natural gas to hydrogen.

MEES will force rents up
The Residential Landlords Association argues that the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations will push rents up, and points out that many homes in the private rented sector are among the hardest to treat.

Corbyn backs community-led energy
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, announces a green policy plan that includes the establishment of 200 local energy companies as part of the shift to a democratic, community-led system of energy supply.

Government commits to Horizon 2020 funding
The Government confirms that it will underwrite any funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects that are applied for before the UK leaves the EU.

A Plan for Scotland
In its 2016-17 plan, the Scottish Government pledges £10 million each for improved energy efficiency in the domestic and public sectors (see page 30).
Extra investment in energy efficiency in Scotland could boost economy
Leading economists from the University of Strathclyde and the London School of Economics argue that extra investment in energy efficiency in Scotland could create 9,000 jobs and reduce fuel poverty.

Call to increase Scottish energy efficiency funding
Campaigners call on the Scottish Government to significantly increase its funding of home energy efficiency after it announces that it will miss its target to end fuel poverty by November this year.

Appointment to top job on energy reform
An expert from British Gas’s owner, Centrica, is enlisted by the Prime Minister to spearhead energy reform on behalf of consumers.

Energy suppliers rated in complaints league table
A Citizens Advice league table of energy suppliers shows that the Big Six fare well, with SSE having the lowest level of complaints, at just 22.5 per 100,000 customers.

Warm Minds for some of most vulnerable
The Warm Minds (a collaborative project by NEA and E.ON) is to provide energy help and advice to vulnerable people, including those with mental health issues and dementia, in the East Midlands, the North East, Yorkshire, Merseyside, the South East and South Wales.

Ofgem data portal
For those who love graphs and charts, there’s lots of useful information on a wide range of energy/consumer subjects in the Ofgem data portal.

Co-op Energy puts up its prices
In the run-up to Winter, Co-op Energy announces an increase in its gas and electricity charges by 3% from 1 October, with even higher increases for prepayment customers.

Download Ecogater to become more energy-efficient
How the Ecogater mobile APP (with its scanning function) is helping consumers choose both energy-efficient products and sustainable lifestyles.

Youngest and old Heat Heros meet
The youngest ever Heat Hero (just 19 years old) meets the oldest (94) at the NEA awards ceremony, organised for people who help vulnerable people in the fight against fuel poverty.
EWI before and after
Lots of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of successful external wall insulation projects in Birmingham and London.

Phased affordable Passivhaus
A phased deep energy upgrade of a 1960s home over the course of five years aims to make it more affordable to go Passivhaus.

LEDs for LAs
What local authority Procurement Managers should know about LED lighting before they take the plunge.

M&S Community Energy Fund 2016
Voting is now open for this year's Marks & Spencer Energy Community Energy Fund, worth £350,000.

WPD grants of £1,000 to improve energy in community buildings
Grants of up to £1,000 are available from the Western Power Distribution Community Chest 2016, to reduce energy use in community buildings.
Different markets mean different demands for solar inverters
There’s no single ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in the multi-faceted solar inverter market as designers and manufacturers have to bear in mind the various markets across the world and their particular requirements.

New energy storage technology to increase potential of community wind turbines
Patented, ground-breaking energy storage technology on the Isle of Gigha, off the west coast of Scotland, is expected to manage grid constraints associated with four community-owned wind turbines, and increase the power generated by as much as 30%.

First for Shetland tidal turbines
Offshore tidal turbines off the coast of the Shetland Islands will be the first in the world to deliver electricity to a national grid.

Why property owners are putting a price on thermal comfort
Using data analytics from building management systems and a web-based platform to calculate productivity losses caused by uncomfortable space temperatures in buildings.
Smart energy revolution could help avoid blackouts
An internet of energy, which will allow household appliances such as fridges, washers and dishwashers to help balance energy demand, could also help the UK balance its energy demand and prevent blackouts, says the new Chief Executive of National Grid.

Concerns about new GLA zero-carbon policy
In October, the GLA introduces its zero-carbon policy for new residential developments. However, how much of it will it be achievable, how much will need to be met through the new carbon offset payments and how much is it going to cost developers?

Future energy storage potential
A new report predicts that energy storage is poised to grow rapidly in the UK to 10GW in the 2030s, but that action is needed to align the technology with the market and Government policy if the potential is to be realised.

Halogen spots on the way out
From tomorrow, under EU legislation, the infamous energy-gobbling halogen spotlights are to be phased out across Europe.

Stockpiles of bulbs defy ban
Despite a forthcoming ban on halogen spot light bulbs, it’s rumoured that retailers have bought large quantities of the bulbs and are stockpiling them, which means they'll be around for a quite a while yet.

Importance of occupants in building performance
Eight practical design principles in preparation for the impact of occupant behaviour on the design of building services and the management of facilities.

Trade body launches new ventilation group
Having seen levels of moisture in buildings surge in recent years leading to issues including poor air quality, condensation, dampness and mould, the Property Care Association (PCA) launches the Residential Ventilation Group, which is dedicated to effective ventilation and tackling moisture in buildings.

Public support for community renewables
In a recent survey of 2,000 people, a strong majority of those surveyed (over 67%) said they would back local renewable energy projects, if they were community owned.

Public sector energy efficiency survey
Take Cranfield University’s survey on energy efficiency in the UK’s public sector, and submit your thoughts and experiences on ESCOs and the drivers, barriers and financing behind energy efficiency.

Slump in number of new community renewable energy projects
According to Government figures, just 10 new community-owned renewable energy projects have been registered so far this year, against 76 last year. The cause of the decrease is said to be the changes in Government policies and subsidies, which now make many community energy projects no longer viable.

Community energy groups having to adjust
As the Government changes its policies and the green landscape adjusts, a look at why subsidies are still so crucial to community energy groups. A focus on a group in south-east London, which is now diversifying, considering other technologies and looking at other things it can do.

Churches go for renewable energy
In a move against fossil fuels, 3,500 UK churches of various denominations switch to energy suppliers that only source renewable energy.

Pumped storage hydro plant for Lewis
Plans for a pumped storage hydro (PSH) scheme on the Isle of Lewis will be capable of generating 300MW of electricity - enough for over 200,000 homes.

New green student tower
A new tower block to be built in London for student accommodation and costing £42 million is to include combined heat and power, solar panels and a green roof.

London uni uses BMS to cut energy use
London Metropolitan University uses its Building Management System to align its energy use more closely to its course timetabling, in order to avoid wasted energy.

Largest Passive House block of flats
A new 162-unit residential development in Germany will be the largest Passive House apartment complex in the world.

Leeds AD plant given go-ahead
Yorkshire Water is given the green light for the construction of a £72 million anaerobic digestion facility in Leeds.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
2016 National Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards. Birmingham. Fri 16 Sep
The aim of the awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work undertaken in the energy efficiency sector, and to help encourage best practice in the energy industry as it works to improve the UK’s housing stock.

NEA Annual Conference 2016. Manchester. Wed 21 - Fri 23 Sep
The NEA conference is widely recognised as the largest fuel poverty and energy efficiency event in the UK. During its 35th anniversary year the NEA’s annual conference and exhibition is likely to attract around 300 delegates and 40 exhibitors. The programme will be structured around a number of key themes including:
  • Changing policy landscape.
  • Future delivery of energy efficiency schemes to the fuel poor.
  • How the NICE guidance is being implemented and showcasing examples of best practice.
  • Consumer protection.
  • Smart meter roll-out.
  • Innovation in delivering energy efficiency.
Cutting complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation – webinar. Thu 22 Sep
This edie webinar will use best-practice examples from experts who have mapped out and delivered successful energy efficiency projects, to explore the various opportunities behind effective energy management. The webinar will cover setting ambitious goals and identifying the biggest wins through to changing behaviours, driving innovation and rolling out projects across multiple sites. Those registering will be provided with an exclusive, end-to-end overview of successful energy efficiency projects.

2016 Information Day on Horizon 2020 smart cities and communities. Brussels. Fri 23 Sep
This event is aimed at potential applicants to the Smart Cities & Communities topic of the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work Programme ‘cross-cutting activities’ and, in particular, the 2017 call. Presentations will cover the call content and the application procedure.

Energy Management Summit. Stansted. Tue 4 Oct
This event is a platform for collaboration between those looking to reduce their energy costs and those providing the latest solutions and services in the sector. It consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities to help create lasting business relationships.

Low-carbon energy revolution: How to turn buildings into power stations. Swansea. Tue 4 – Wed 5 Oct
An opportunity to meet like-minded people in the building evolution and the energy revolution ecosystem, and hear from industry experts on:
  • The big energy challenges.
  • Regional excellence.
  • The Active Classroom.
  • Networking to meet innovators and potential collaborators.
  • Research excellence.
UK SMART Energy. London. Mon 10 Oct
The speakers at this Central London Energy Managers Group event will cover every aspect of SMART energy solutions, and will talk about how their UK SMART energy projects are already making a difference. Find out how the UK is rolling out the 'world’s largest SMART energy project' and how IS platforms are interactively managing the energy performance of hundreds of buildings, making utilities cleaner, more affordable and reliable for everyone.

Energy, Waste & Water Efficiency Course For Charities, Voluntary and Community Groups in Brighton & Hove. Brighton. Thu 20 Oct
A practical and focused course designed to help organisations save money through improving energy, waste and water efficiency at their premises. Delegates will create Action Plans detailing the practical things they can do at their organisations, to reduce utility costs and environmental impact, helping to calculate potential savings and payback periods so that measures for implementation can be prioritised

Modernising the UK's Energy Network: Delivering a Smart Power Revolution - Interconnection, Energy Storage, Demand-Side Response and Local Network Management. London. Tue 1 Nov
This forum brings together representatives from across the UK's energy sector to discuss the progress made by government and industry on the recommendations made in the Smart Power Report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission in March, after which a minimum of £50 million of funding was promised for smart technology over the next five years.

EMEX (Energy Management Exhibition). London. 16-17 Nov
EMEX is co-managed by the Energy Managers Association and is one of the UK’s principal energy events and meeting places for the energy-saving supply chain. Attendees include Energy Managers, Facility Managers and anyone involved in energy bill reduction and procurement. It includes free presentations, case studies, research and a first look at important legislative changes. Many sessions are CPD accredited. Exhibitor support ranges from major utilities, brokers and consultants to equipment manufacturers and training companies.

Sustainable energy in building services (Building Services Summit). London. Wed 23 Nov
The difficult challenge of meeting legislation on energy efficient buildings is shared by the whole construction sector. Around 80% of a building's lifetime costs are in the operational period, but the focus is often on cutting costs at the outset, which can make buildings less comfortable for occupants and more difficult to run. The Building Services Summit 2016 will return to the original theme of '10-80-10' and host a wide cross-section of voices to open up the conversation and find a way forward together. 
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