Oxford Uni and Siemens score £158k funding for central energy management research

The study will focus on the university’s estate – which consumes around £1m of energy a month – on centrally managing the energy use of its 400 buildings

Virtual power plant market ‘to reach $4.5bn by 2023’

The global virtual power plant market is projected to reach $4.5 billion (£3.4bn) in the next six years. That’s an increase from $762 million (£580m) last year, with demand side response technology accounting for more than three-fifths of the global market share, according to new research. A virtual power plant is a network of decentralised […]

New district heating task force launched in UK

A new district heating task force has been launched to solve challenges faced by the sector. The Association for Decentralised Energy’s (ADE) initiative will provide recommendations on how the industry and UK Government can work together to deliver a competitive, subsidy free heat network market with strong protections for consumers. By accessing waste heat and connecting it […]

REA strengthens ties with India for decentralised energy

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to develop decentralised energy systems. The REA and India’s non-governmental organisation Climate Parliament have partnered to develop political and commercial links between the two countries with the intention of expanding access to decentralised energy. Despite India’s renewable energy ambitions and its commitment to […]

Procter & Gamble to cut costs with on-site energy

E.ON is building an on-site energy plant for a Procter & Gamble (P&G) factory in Berlin. The company’s Gilette razor site will be powered by a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) plant. It will see a reduction in both carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption once the 2MW combined heat and power facility is operational. The site’s […]

UK needs a ‘user-led’ energy policy

The UK needs a “user-led” policy which gives consumers control over their energy. Jonathan Graham, Head of Policy at the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) said the nation still has a “centralised mind-set”. He added: “We have to overcome a historical bias in the UK which is we’re used to electricity being generated very far […]

Businesses’ energy efficiency upgrades ‘invisible’

Businesses are becoming increasingly more energy efficient “but no one sees this happening”. That’s the view of Tim Rotheray, Director of the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), whose new report highlights improved energy efficiency has helped the UK avoid building 14 new power stations. It found demand side investments such as onsite generation and efficiency […]

Guest Blog: Mark Stokes – How much natural capital does your energy rely on?

You can’t put a price on nature, right? Well when it comes to business, some are beginning to – especially when measuring how much they are using of the world’s natural ‘capital’. Businesses today face many disruptive forces and potential economic uncertainty, particularly when it comes to future energy prices, security of supply and policy. […]

Guest Blog: Mark Stokes – Coming of age – on-site energy generation?

The imperative for on-site generation has never been as compelling as in today’s energy climate. We’ve all become very familiar with the uncertainty of rising energy prices, sharply reducing capacity margins and our ageing energy infrastructure. What we’re less familiar with is the potential role on-site energy generation could play in helping meet our future […]

UK firms could save £33bn by generating energy on site

On-site energy generation could help UK businesses save around £33 billion by 2030, a new study claims. It could also contribute to 14% of the nation’s energy needs as well as save 350 million tonnes of carbon emissions, according to energy consultancy Utilyx which commissioned the report. Electricity and heat generated on-site from sources such […]