Upgrading outdated energy tech ‘could heal NHS spend by £260m a year’

If just half of NHS trusts adopted distributed energy solutions, they are expected to save at least £130m a year

Centrica gets smart about energy management for businesses

It is working with engineering services consulting firm WSP to also help develop large distributed energy projects

Green Investment Group offers pay-as-you-save distributed energy

A new service to help businesses and public sector organisations adopt distributed energy systems has been launched. Green Investment Group (GIG), formerly the Green Investment Bank, is offering Energy Solutions, a “pay-as-you-save” model which allows medium and large energy users to upgrade energy systems with no upfront costs. The bill will be covered under an […]

Northern Powergrid to spend £1.9m on smarter grid

Northern Powergrid has announced a £1.9 million project to figure out how best to integrate distributed technologies into the electricity grid. The distribution company aims to eventually create a low carbon energy market where the 3.9 million homes it serves can make their own money from solar panels, electric vehicles and home batteries. It claims […]

Distributed energy ‘could save UK almost £1bn’

Distributed energy solutions could achieve almost £1 billion worth of energy savings each year. That’s the verdict from Centrica, which suggests wider adoption of these technologies could also deliver an £18.5 billion boost to the country’s overall economic growth. The energy firm analysed the potential role of solutions like battery storage, onsite generation and energy […]

Centrica invests in US energy blockchain firm

A New York-based start-up specialising in blockchain-based solutions for the energy market has secured investment from Centrica. LO3 Energy is working on a commercialised blockchain-based platform that would enable peer-to-peer energy trading and help accelerate the transition to a distributed energy future. The use of blockchain enables LO3’s platform to store and validate data that […]

Fuel cells ‘could slash domestic energy costs by £400’

A new fuel cell technology could allow households to cut energy costs by up to £400 and slash carbon emissions by two tonnes a year. Developer Ceres’ SteelCell home units convert natural gas into electricity and heat at a high efficiency rate, providing enough power to supply an electric vehicle (EV) and reduce demand on […]

Views sought on creating new markets for distributed energy

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on creating new markets for distributed energy resources (DERs). It has launched a consultation on how to create a smart electricity grid for technologies such as battery storage, solar panels and services such as electric vehicles to grid demand response. It is part of its Open Networks […]

UK embedded energy grew by 6% in the last year

Total embedded generation in the UK increased by 6% between the first quarter of 2016 and 2017. That’s according to energy market data manager Electralink, which suggests much of this growth has come from renewable sources such as wind and solar installations – in March this year, wind and solar generation were up a third on the same period […]

Energy projects to adopt technology used by Bitcoin

Two new energy projects aim to explore how new digital technology could transform the sector. They are part of seven Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) projects that have collectively secured more than £3.6 million of investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The technology is essentially a series of databases which are shared […]