All aboard! Energy storage goes on the rails

Track, rail car, concrete slabs. Not the first three things you might consider as essentials in the field of energy storage. But out in the open spaces of the United States, there's a rail/energy revolution happening, relying on some of the oldest principles going. Advanced Rail...

Government announces Capacity Market auction parameters

The Government has today set out how much electricity capacity it intends to buy in the forthcoming Capacity Market auctions. The Capacity Market is our main tool for ensuring that electricity remains available during times of high demand, such as dark winter evenings. It enables us...

What is the fifth carbon budget and what are the UK’s next steps?

Amid the ongoing political turmoil following the Brexit vote the government accepted the UK’s fifth carbon budget yesterday. Following the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations, this set a target for the UK’s emissions between 2028 and 2032 to be 57% below 1990 levels. This decision...

Waste not, want not: water heat recovery is coming

Despite being widely used in Canada for many years waste water heat recovery has yet to take off in the UK. Ashley Prescott, UK agent for Power-Pipe, outlines the benefits of this simple technology. Solar panels top the A-list celebrities of green building. They are normally...

Heat pumps have a bright future

Robin Adderley, sales and marketing director at NIBE, explores the heat pump technology currently taking centre stage in the commercial sector – and looks ahead to what the future holds. Of all the renewable technologies on the market, ground source heat pumps are among the most...

Landlords should be getting flexible with energy

Over 90 per cent of social landlords purchase their energy through fixed-price contracts. Magnus Walker, director of trading and risk at Inprova Energy, believes a more flexible method would produce greater savings and reduce risk. While the price of most goods and services we buy is driven...

DECC to set carbon budget

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed DECC will set the level of the fifth carbon budget tomorrow as set out by law. Addressing the Business Climate Summit in London, Rudd said the UK’s commitment to climate change action has not been affected following the UK’s vote...

Switching Utilities

Check you are getting the best deal from your current supplier Most suppliers offer up to four tariffs for gas and four for electricity, along with discounts for managing your account online or choosing a ‘duel fuel’ deal. Once a year your energy supplier should tell you...