Government to scrap CRC, moots subsidies for energy efficiency

The government has hinted that the carbon reduction commitment scheme is set to be scrapped as part of a cull of business energy taxes. HM...

More time for Esos compliance

The Environment Agency has effectively extended the deadline for Esos submissions by confirming that firms are unlikely to face punitive action provided they have...

LED lighting: Shining a light on grey areas

Achieving efficiency is key, but there isn’t a single panacea. You have to consider the whole lighting scheme, the fittings as well as the luminaires,...

Single platform for critical status updates, metering and billing

Schneider Electric has collaborated with Mardix, a global provider of specialist switchgear, to create an energy efficient flagship colocation data centre facility in west...

Cough up for demand side response, United Utilities tells National Grid

United Utilities is building towards an aspirational target of 20MW of frequency response via Open Energi. The water company could conceivably do more demand...

If data centre power use is falling, are firms buying too much?

Evidence suggests that power usage in data centres may be declining, calling into question the historic tendency to buy more headroom than required. Over-specifying is...

Equinix ‘in R&D phase’ of demand response experiments

Equinix is “in the R&D phase” of testing demand response technologies, according to UK MD Russell Poole. National Grid wants more businesses to help balance...

Is Triad past its peak?

National Grid’s ‘Triad’ peak charging methodology has helped reduce demand peaks since the early 1990s. Will it still be effective as the market changes,...
UNited Utilities installs massive floating solar plant at Godley reservoir

United Utilities goes large on solar with 3MW floating plant

United Utilities is to bolster its self-generation to the tune of 3MW as work begins this week on a 3MW floating solar PV plant...
Firms should contest power connections to get better deals

Power connections could get cheaper after regulator imposes new rules

Ofgem has brought in a connections code of practice for distribution networks. It is hoped that the move will increase competition in the grid...

National Grid to launch two new demand side response products, calls on major power...

Demand Side Response (DSR) is breathing new life into the UK’s energy system. It offers lucrative incentives to businesses that can reduce - or...

UK directors think power prices will rise 10% in 2016

Around two thirds of company directors surveyed by Mission Critical Power' publisher Energyst Media believe that power prices will rise by around 10% in 2016. That prediction follows...

National Grid plays down blackout fears plans to expand demand response

National Grid today disputed figures that suggest the UK will face a significant power capacity shortfall next winter. However, it underlined the need to...
The Green Grid's Roel Castelein says data centres should adopt mobile developer mindset

Green Grid: Data centres ‘must become like mobile app developers’

Data centre operators must adopt the mindset of mobile phone software developers or risk the wrath of regulators for wasting energy. That was the message...

Ian Bitterlin: Data centres being singled out by EU over energy efficiency

In this blog post, Ian Bitterlin says making use of waste heat and 'smarter' grids is a good thing, but wonders why data centres are...

Power only half the story as volatility hits energy bills in 2016

Wholesale power prices declined for 2015 with anticipated softening into 2016. Yet bills are expected to rise and the market to become increasingly volatile....

Socomec opens new Tesla test lab

Socomec has just opened its new, extended testing laboratory. Named 'Tesla Power Lab', the 2000 square meter facility has the resources to carry out the most comprehensive...

The early bird connects to the grid

The key to a successful grid connection is to start early. It will still be an expensive, lengthy process, but independent connections providers say...

Equinix and Telecity waste no time in energy efficiency audit

Equinix and Telecity were among the first organisations in the UK to complete energy efficiency audits required by the government. The Environment Agency has published...

Western Power Distribution to pay firms to use more power

Western Power Distribution is urging companies participating in National Grid’s new demand-side response service to take part in its own parallel demand turn-up trials. Demand...