Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – does ownership of generation matter?

I’m old enough (only just) to remember some of the pros and cons of public ownership of key infrastructure in this country and am amazed it’s still on the political agenda for the election this time around. Clearly there’s much controversy, not only around the degree of foreign ownership of our utilities and the risks […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Reasons to be cheerful

I considered calling this “The end of the world is nigh” but another sip of Spitfire Ale persuaded me otherwise… Leaving aside what’s going on in North Korea, this has been an interesting week which is surely one of those key moments when it’s good to reflect on exactly where we are (from an energy […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – How does your new energy financial year look?

As many enter a new financial year it’s surely a good time to carry out a health check on your organisation’s energy position. There’s a lot of uncertainty around, as far as future markets are concerned, whether it be currency, interest rates or the fundamentals of the energy market. But that shouldn’t stop you taking […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Why are we waiting?

Is it just me finding the energy scene fairly quiet at the moment? I don’t think so. All the necessary and routine things appear to be happening – energy contracts are still being raised and bills being checked. But everything else is sooo slooow. I guess we’re in a bit of a lull between one […]

Guest Blog – Mervyn Bowden: Calling out for leaders!

Where are the Leaders in Energy Management? Leadership in some quarters is becoming a dirty word – almost as bad as being called an expert! Every sector needs leaders for sure who can drive progress and bring about better results for all. The energy sector is no different. Many organisations already have latent talent – […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Making Things Happen…

I was fortunate enough to win the coveted Outstanding Contribution Award/Energy Champion of 2016 at the Energy Awards 2016 and it got me thinking about how energy managers fit into the wider scheme of things and – most importantly – their value to organisations. Those who “make things happen” used to be called “movers and […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Lack of energy discipline? OK, you’re fired!

We’ve tried self-regulation, we’ve tried awareness, persuasion, naming & shaming and many more methods to get organisations to improve their overall fuel efficiency in energy and transport areas. We’ve even incentivised those being good and green. Let’s face it, this is a very serious financial and environmental area of most companies’ operations. Some compare it […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – So what does this week look like?

If truth be told, very depressing. The prospect of either Trump or Clinton becoming President of the world’s greatest “democracy” is enough to cause everyone to have severe nightmares. What will happen to the stock markets, the money markets and everyone’s livelihoods? Who knows? The energy markets are a mere bagatelle in the scheme of […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – What value do energy news channels add?

Year on year progress As we approach Energy Live 2016, it’s timely to give a view on the value the energy media in the UK have added on both the supply and demand side of the sector over recent years. I’ve been fortunate in having both worked with and observed the growth and maintenance of […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – HELP!

We all find ourselves in situations both at home and at work when we need help from others across a wide range of subjects, some trivial but many serious and life/career affecting. Knowing when to ask for help can make huge differences to life and commercial outcomes but there are lots of barriers to doing […]