Political parties launch manifestos, ECO2, £103m to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland, Deputy CEO clocks up quarter century, Sustainability Live 2015 and more...



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Issue 409 – Wednesday 15 April 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

Deputy CEO clocks up quarter century
Thoughts on MEPS
VACANCY - Energy Education Volunteer
Sustainability Live 2015 announces new Topic Trails. NEC, Birmingham. Tue 21 – Thu 23 April
NEF at Sustainability Live 2015
The forgotten faces of fuel poverty
CoRE training courses


Policy

ECO2
£103m to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland
Make insulation infrastructure priority, say Lords
Another call for national infrastructure


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Desperate to save energy and money at home
BG ‘hides’ cheapest tariff
Why tackling fuel poverty will help the NHS budget
Warm Homes scheme tackles fuel poverty and cuts hospital visits


Industry

Conservative manifesto
Green manifesto
Labour manifesto
Ofgem fines Big Six energy company
GIB major investment in social housing energy efficiency
Energy efficiency – first fuel for EU
Warsaw’s district heating
PV provider joins SHIFT
Domestic storage comes closer
New battery has energy storage potential
Flywheel energy storage plant
'Building Sustainable Homes'
Swedish Spacehus comes to the UK
Greenest commercial building in the world
‘Turning up the heat: Getting a fair deal for District Heating users’
Sale of small-scale CHP looks encouraging
North London community PV array
Retailers get together to save energy
Bakers slice the use and cost of energy
Green gyms become little power stations
Light-responsive window facade
CHP benefits across the sectors


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

Retrofit Live. Stoke-on-Trent. Wed 29 – Thu 30 April
Energy Management Forum 2015 – increasing efficiency, reducing cost. Birmingham. Wed 20 May
Responsible Retrofit for Traditional Buildings Conference. Bristol. Wednesday, 3 June
DECC Heat Pump Training Roadshow 2015. Various locations. Tue 16 June – Wed 8 July.


National Energy Foundation 

Deputy CEO clocks up quarter century
Our Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Byrne, celebrates 25 years with the National Energy Foundation and takes a look back at how things have changed over his quarter century with the Foundation.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/insights/our-ian-byrne-celebrates-25-years-at-nef-and-looks-back-over-his-quarter-ce

Thoughts on MEPS
Our CEO, Kerry Mashford, considers how the recently-announced private sector Minimum Energy Performance Standards, which come into effect in April 2018, might affect registered providers.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/insights/meps-how-the-requirement-might-affect-the-registered-provider-sector

VACANCY - Energy Education Volunteer
We're looking for a volunteer to support the development of educational materials and guidance documents for our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) ‘Energy Envoys’ volunteering programme, in preparation for its launch in September. The post will be for three months between June and August. Closing date: Friday 15 May.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/join-us/

Sustainability Live 2015 announces new Topic Trails. NEC, Birmingham. Tue 21 – Thu 23 April
Sustainability Live - incorporating NEMEX and Energy Recovery – is the UK’s leading exhibition for innovative energy management and sustainability and returns to the NEC Birmingham next week (21 to 23 April). This year, visitors can make the most of their time at the show, with four new interactive visitor Topic Trails. Introduced to help energy and sustainability managers maximise their time at the exhibition, the trails will match exhibitors with the most relevant visitors.  The Topic Trails are:
- ESOS
- Energy-efficient Buildings
- Energy Generation
- Smarter Systems.
Visitors who complete a trail will receive a complimentary drink from the organisers and be entered into a free prize draw to win a weekend break in a sustainable hotel, worth approximately £500. For more information about the Topic Trails or to book your place at Sustainability Live, register free now at sustainabilitylive.com

NEF at Sustainability Live 2015. NEC, Birmingham. Tue 21 – Thu 23 April
On Tuesday 21, our Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Byrne, will give a talk on the new ISO standard for energy baselines and performance indicators, ISO 50006. This will be in a session about ISO and chaired by Martin Fry, ESTA President. On Thursday 23 April, our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, will present on ‘Effective energy management strategies'.
http://www.conference.sustainabilitylive.com/

The forgotten faces of fuel poverty
Our Local Authority Services Manager, Dale Hoyland, takes a look at rural fuel poverty.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/insights/the-forgotten-faces-of-fuel-poverty

CoRE training courses
Retrofit building physics. Birmingham. Fri 17 April
Introduction to domestic retrofit. Thu 23 April
Fundamentals of solid wall insulation. Birmingham. Thu 23 April
Assessing dwellings for retrofit. Flitwick. Thu 23 April
Assessing dwellings for retrofit. Stoke-on-Trent. Fri 24 - Tue 28 April
Funding domestic retrofit. Flitwick. Tue  28 April
http://www.core-skills.com/events/#.VST8P_nF8lR


Policy

ECO2
Guidance and information from Ofgem on ECO2, including: a tool kit; how it administers the scheme; which energy suppliers are obligated; how they can meet their obligations; when and what they need to report on, and information on ECO measures.
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/energy-company-obligation-eco/eco-guidance

£103m to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland
The Scottish Government makes £103 million available to help the most vulnerable households make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. The funding includes a new £14 million loans scheme, which will offer homeowners interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures. The next phase of the Cashback scheme is also launched, which sees £10 million made available to homeowners and private tenants, and £5 million for social landlords.
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Over-100-million-to-fight-fuel-poverty-1831.aspx

Make insulation infrastructure priority, say Lords
In an open letter published in The Times, five leading Peers (from the major political parties) call for cross party support to make insulating homes an infrastructure priority.
http://www.energybillrevolution.org/media/leading-peers-call-for-cross-party-support-to-make-insulating-homes-an-infrastructure-spending-priority/

Another call for national infrastructure
In its business agenda “Best Foot Forward: Steps Towards a Better Britain in the new Government’s first 100 Days” the CBI throws in its weight behind the call for energy efficiency to be designated a national infrastructure priority, and also suggests the need for a new programme to succeed ECO.
http://news.cbi.org.uk/news/the-business-plan-for-first-100-days-of-new-government/best-foot-forward/


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Desperate to save energy and money at home
A recent survey reveals how much the public feared the cold last winter and what they did to avoid high energy costs, including turning off the heating, visiting friends and wearing outdoor clothes indoors.
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/apr/14/cold-households-high-energy-costs-winter-debt?CMP=share_btn_tw

BG ‘hides’ cheapest tariff
British Gas is criticised for ‘hiding’ from its customers a white label tariff available from Sainsbury’s Energy that’s £226 a year cheaper than its own cheapest tariff.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/cheap-british-gas-tariff-nobody-5513658#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Why tackling fuel poverty will help the NHS budget
With the NHS facing an estimated £30bn annual shortfall by 2020, some tough decisions and creative thinking will be needed to help plug the gap. A local, holistic approach to tackling fuel poverty can result in average annual savings of over £200 for every home and, importantly for the NHS, can reduce illness and subsequent treatment costs, especially important when a hospital emergency admission costs £2,500.
http://www.ashden.org/blog/tackling-fuel-poverty-will-help-nhs-budget

Warm Homes scheme tackles fuel poverty and cuts hospital visits
The council-backed ECO Warm Homes scheme run in Oldham lifts more than 2,000 people out of fuel poverty, cuts A&E admissions by 30% and provides a template for similar projects nationwide.
http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2015-04-09-Warm-Homes-scheme-brings-2-000-people-out-of-fuel-poverty-and-cuts-AandE-admissions-by-30?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Industry

Conservative manifesto
The Conservative manifesto focuses on affordable and reliable energy, keeping energy bills low, and providing help to insulate homes. See pages 56-57.
http://downloads2.dodsmonitoring.com/downloads/misc_files/Conmanifesto2015.pdf

Green manifesto
The Green Party manifesto makes big commitments on energy ownership, tackling fuel poverty, home insulation, retrofit and renewables. See pages 20-24.
https://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/manifesto/Green_Party_2015_General_Election_Manifesto.pdf

Labour manifesto
Labour announces it manifesto commitments on: an energy price freeze, interest-free loans for energy efficiency improvements, making 200,000 homes per year warmer, climate change, improving energy efficiency in the private rented sector and a more devolved model for the delivery of energy efficiency. See pages 25-26 and 79.
http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/BritainCanBeBetter-TheLabourPartyManifesto2015.pdf

Ofgem fines Big Six energy company
Ofgem fines E.ON £7.75 million after the Big Six energy supplier incorrectly charges customers exit fees and overcharges them after price rises.
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/ofgem-secures-7-75-million-package-consumers-following-e-overcharging-error

GIB major investment in social housing energy efficiency
The Green Investment Bank announces a £5 million investment in energy efficient boiler replacements in over 1,000 social housing sheltered homes.
http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/news-and-insight/2015/landmark-deal-to-improve-energy-efficiency-in-social-housing/

Energy efficiency – first fuel for EU
The EEFIG report “Energy Efficiency - the first fuel for the EU economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments. Part 1: Buildings” includes five recommendations and concludes that energy efficiency investment is the most cost-effective way to reduce the EU’s reliance on energy imports.
https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/2014_fig_how_drive_finance_for_economy_1.pdf

Warsaw’s district heating
A look at the Communist legacy that is Warsaw’s city-wide district heating system. Its pros and cons and how it’s now operating in a different era.
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/apr/13/warsaw-district-heating-system-poland-capital-cleaner-krakow?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

PV provider joins SHIFT
Leading solar panel player, Lightsource, joins SHIFT, the sustainability benchmarking group for affordable housing providers. The aim behind the move is for the company to help social housing providers understand the new opportunities and fully-funded solutions available in renewable energy.
http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2015-04-10-Lightsource-to-Help-Drive-Solar-Revolution-of-UK-Social-Housing-Stock?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Domestic storage comes closer
Start-up company, Powervault, exceeds its crowd funding target and looks to take its ‘plug and play’ domestic storage device to the market.
http://www.powervault.co.uk/press-release/

New battery has energy storage potential
Stanford University develops a new, fast-charging aluminium-ion battery, which could revolutionise energy storage. The key feature of the battery is its durability, making it a potential solution to the problem of how to store renewable electricity on the grid.
http://www.edie.net/news/6/Aluminium-ion-battery-could-revolutionise-energy-storage/

Flywheel energy storage plant
Ireland is to build a flywheel energy storage plant with an 85-90% efficiency rating and an operating capacity of 20MW to store energy when there’s an oversupply and release it to the grid at times of short supply.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/08/new-energy-storage-plant-could-revolutionise-renewable-sector

'Building Sustainable Homes'
A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at how sustainable homes can be built more cheaply, and reveals that improving energy efficiency to zero carbon standards could add between 2.5% and 12.9% to the cost of each dwelling.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/building-sustainable-homes

Swedish Spacehus comes to the UK
Spacehus, an energy-efficient house design that uses offsite construction and has been used in Sweden for around 50 years, begins to make an appearance in the UK.
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/05/spacehus-sets-a-new-standard-for-efficient-homes?CMP=share_btn_tw

Greenest commercial building in the world
The Bullitt Center in Seattle becomes the first office building in the world to earn Living Building certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. It is also rated the most energy-efficient office building in the US. The building combines efficient passive design and renewable energy sources with energy-efficiency intelligence on its inside.
http://greentechadvocates.com/2015/04/02/greenest-commercial-building-earns-living-building-certification/

‘Turning up the heat: Getting a fair deal for District Heating users’
A Which? report looks at district heating, including its users’ experiences and the lack of protection for consumers. It concludes with a 9-recommendation proposal for ensuring they get a fair deal.
http://www.staticwhich.co.uk/documents/pdf/turning-up-the-heat-getting-a-fair-deal-for-district-heating-users---which-report-399546.pdf

Sale of small-scale CHP looks encouraging
UK CHP manufacturers sold more than 50MW of small-scale non-domestic CHP (below 2MWe) between January and June 2014, with about half that capacity a result of industrial sector investment.
http://www.theade.co.uk/small-scale-chp-database--50mw-sold-in-6-months-_3024.html

North London community PV array
Residents at Banister House in Hackney launch the first solar power farm in north London, to be built on the flat rooftops of 14 council housing blocks. The array will generate up to 82,000 kWh of electricity a year.
http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/03/36852/

Retailers get together to save energy
A Peterborough shopping centre gets the majority of its 90 stores on board to achieve a 4,253,000kWh energy saving, which is equivalent to £477,000.
http://www.edie.net/news/6/Retailer-engagement-brings-environmental-benefits-for-shopping-centre/http:/www.edie.net/news/6/Retailer-engagement-brings-environmental-benefits-for-shopping-centre/

Bakers slice the use and cost of energy
The Carbon Trust finds that simple improvements to the ventilation systems of commercial ovens can reduce the bakery industry's carbon footprint and produce 5% energy efficiency savings of up to £14,000 per site per year.
http://www.edie.net/news/6/Carbon-Trust-trial-slices-5--from-oven-energy-use/

Green gyms become little power stations
As more health clubs install energy-producing exercise equipment, gyms are starting to contribute to the drive for energy efficiency.
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/01/the-fat-burning-and-energy-producing-gyms?CMP=share_btn_tw

Light-responsive window facade
A light-blocking facade made up of an array of circular, flower-like components has been developed for use on large office windows. Each component includes light-sensitive wires which bend back into their original shape in strong sunlight, thereby closing the components to block out the light, and improve the building’s internal temperature.
http://www.gizmag.com/sunlight-blocking-facade/36946/

CHP benefits across the sectors
A short video on how small-scale combined heat and power can reduce both cost and carbon emissions in homes, businesses and the public sector.
http://www.theade.co.uk/new-video--small-is-beautiful-efficient-local-energy-saves-businesses-and-households-thousands-_3055.html


Jobs

Jobs across the UK
Various energy, environment and Green Deal-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Acre: http://acre.com/environment-jobs
Carbon Action Network: http://www.can.uk.net/jobs.php
CIBSE: http://jobs.cibsejournal.com/
Ends Job Search: http://www.endsjobsearch.co.uk/
Energy Institute: https://www.energyinst.org/education/job-search-recruitment/Latest-industry-vacancies
Environment Job: http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/
Environment Jobs: http://www.environmentjobs.co.uk/joblist_all.cfm
Hays: http://www.hays.co.uk/index.htm
IEMA: http://jobs.environmentalistonline.com/
National Energy Services: http://www.nesltd.co.uk/jobs
Reed: http://www.reed.co.uk/
The Guardian: http://jobs.theguardian.com/
Total: http://www.totaljobs.com/
Utility Week: http://www.utility-jobs.net/


Events

Retrofit Live. Stoke-on-Trent. Wed 29 – Thu 30 April
This conference is aimed at experienced retrofit practitioners and professionals in the domestic retrofit sector, or those who want to develop expertise. It aims to showcase the best-in-class in terms of technical best practice, the development of effective retrofit delivery models and the latest in research and innovation.
http://www.retrofit-live.com/conference/
 
Energy Management Forum 2015 – increasing efficiency, reducing cost. Birmingham. Wed 20 May
The forum will address the key issues of:
- What the future holds for energy pricing and its effect on UK organisations.
- The journey towards ESOS compliance, ISO 50001, DECs, the Green Deal and energy audits.
- Meter Monitoring and Targeting (MMT) – optimising the data available to you.
- How to maximise staff engagement in energy efficiency.
- How should energy management and those responsible for it, fit into the modern organisation?
- The latest technology changing energy management.
http://www.sb-energy.net/home

Responsible Retrofit for Traditional Buildings Conference. Bristol. Wednesday, 3 June
National conference aimed at professionals from local authorities, housing associations and private landlords who are planning or delivering retrofit programmes on traditional buildings. The event will:
- Identify risks and unintended consequences associated with the retrofit of traditional buildings and share best ways of managing them.
- Equip delegates with the knowledge, practical resources and skills required to successfully and effectively carry out work on their traditional housing stock.
- Share practical, affordable and achievable case studies.
- Develop expertise and establish a practical support network.   
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/responsible-retrofit-for-traditional-buildings-conference-tickets-16159178538?aff=eiosprexshretwtr&ref=eiosprexshretwtr

DECC Heat Pump Training Roadshow 2015. Various locations. Tue 16 June – Wed 8 July
A series of free one-day training courses, designed to help potential heat pump customers in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors – such as businesses, developers and housing providers - understand how heat pumps can deliver lower energy costs, greater comfort and better buildings. The roadshows will offer people the chance to learn more about why heat pumps make sense, build their technical knowledge and understand the financing of heat pumps including unlocking the Renewable Heat Incentive.
www.deccheatpumptraining2015.eventbrite.co.uk
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decc-heat-pump-training-roadshow-2015-registration-15927483532

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