SmartestEnergy gets flexible by signing new deal

SmartestEnergy has signed a deal to adopt a flexible energy management platform. Created by Origami Energy, the technology allows both providers and users of flexible energy contracts to accurately monitor and automatically dispatch large numbers and types of assets in real-time. SmartestEnergy says the role of energy flexibility is growing in importance as the industry continues […]

SmartestEnergy manages Enel’s 25MW battery project

SmartestEnergy is providing commercial services for a new 25MW battery storage project in Tynemouth. The independent supplier is providing the commercial services for Enel’s lithium-ion-based facility, which means it will supply energy to and manage the offtake from the battery units. The firm will also provide services to support an Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract […]

Private power lights up Scotland

The number of Scottish companies, communities and farms generating their own electricity has risen by more than 50% in the last year. New figures show £80.8m was invested in 775 green technologies – up from just 509 in 2013. They included wind (497), hydro (173), solar (32) and anaerobic digestion (43). The projects generated £271 million […]

Energy innovation ‘doesn’t have to wait for policy’

Energy entrepreneurs with a great idea don’t have to wait for government policy to make it happen. Robert Groves, CEO of SmartestEnergy – an electricity supplier to large industrial and commercial organisations – believes innovation is “absolutely key” for the future of the energy industry and businesses shouldn’t wait for regulation to create an environment […]

£50m power deal signed for MeyGen tidal array

The developers of the world’s biggest tidal array in Scotland have signed a multi-million pound deal to sell electricity generated by the project. MeyGen’s 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with independent energy firm SmartestEnergy could be worth more than £50 million over the lifetime of the project. Under the first phase of the project in […]

More cash splashed on ‘indie’ renewables

Nearly £300 million flowed into commercial-sized independent green energy projects last year, suggest new figures. Businesses, communities, farmers and landowners put the money into 843 new projects, around 40% more projects than in 2012, with an average cost of £353,000 each, according to the Energy Entrepreneurs Report. It finds there are now 2,930 business-sized projects […]

SmartestEnergy retains top spot for customer satisfaction

Business energy supplier SmartestEnergy has topped the table again for customer satisfaction among large energy users. It is the fourth year in a row the company has headed the table which assesses performance across areas including procurement, billing, account management and query resolution. British Gas rose to second place while Haven Power was placed third […]

Hotel group checks into renewable energy deal

Leisureplex Hotel Group is powering five of its UK hotels with renewable energy. The deal with independent supplier SmartestEnergy covers some of its largest seaside resort sites, including the Queens hotels in Eastbourne (pictured) and Blackpool and the Croit Anna in Fort William. From the start of December 2013, 477 rooms in Leisureplex hotels have run […]

John Lewis signs deal to buy 100% renewable energy

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a deal to buy 100% renewable energy from small supplier SmartestEnergy. The contract will start in January 2015 – running until March 2018 – and will provide power for more than 380 John Lewis and Waitrose sites. Nigel Keen, Director of Property Services for the John Lewis Partnership said: […]

‘Crowdfunded’ 9.2MW wind farm about to set turbines in motion

A ‘crowdfunded’ 9.2 MW wind farm in Scotland is about to set its turbines in motion and start generating electricity. The £10.5 million Greenside Wind Energy project is a project backed by two farming families in the North East of Scotland who needed up front cash to secure bank financing. Now 22 local investors between […]