Large energy users vow to help keep the lights on

Large energy users have announced they will gather to find a solution to help keep the lights on. They will discuss next month how they can assist the system by turning down their plants at peak times and providing supplementary supplies to the grid when needed. They believe the country could face power shortages once all coal-fired […]

Heat body’s name change is mADE for new energy

A trade body changing its name to the Association for Decentralised Energy or ADE says it is meant to reflect the shifting landscape of energy. Formerly known as the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA), the name-swap is to “better reflect” the interests of its 90-odd members. Traditionally the body worked to promote combined heat […]

Warning capacity market could boost energy bills

An academic has sounded the alarm over a new auction meant to make sure there is enough power supply for the UK by claiming it will lead to higher energy bills. The warning from Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter came on the eve of the first ever capacity auction […]

Ex-Big Six boss Volker Beckers goes over to demand side

Former boss of npower Volker Beckers is the new chairman of energy tech firm Reactive Technologies. He picks up the role at the demand-side management firm – basically reducing businesses’ energy use – from ex-Nokia tech developer Dr Heikki Huomo. Touching on the “great opportunity” facing the energy industry at a time when “core business models are facing […]

Businesses to be paid to save electricity next winter

National Grid has been given the go-ahead by Ofgem to pay businesses for cutting their electricity use and also set contracts with power stations to provide extra reserve power starting next winter. That’s to help balance the UK’s electricity system against tighter supplies following the regulator’s assessment earlier this year. It warned Britain could possibly […]

£125k boost for energy demand management ideas

A project aimed at innovative solutions for electricity demand management in the country has boosted the prize for its competition. Dynamic Demand Challenge – run by Nesta, Imperial College London and the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) – was initially offering £50,000 for entrepreneurs who can offer the best technology that demonstrates a shift in demand […]