60% of firms taking energy efficiency action post-ESOS

Six in ten firms that completed an ESOS assessment have taken action, according to initial survey data compiled by The Energyst.

According to the survey, 61% of organisations mandated to undertake an energy audit under the Energy Savings Obligation Scheme (ESOS) said they had taken subsequent actions. A similar percentage (60%) said the ESOS exercise had been worthwhile, although 40% said it was not.

Some 64% said that their ESOS audit had been thorough and suggested multiple energy efficiency improvements. However, despite ESOS requiring directors to sign off the audit, around six in ten (58%) said board level engagement in energy efficiency had not increased as a result.

Read the full article at The Energyst.

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Leading economists claim energy efficiency could deliver ‘shot in the arm’ for Scottish economy

Government investment in domestic energy efficiency could help tackle climate change and create 9,000 new jobs

Leading economists have called on the Scottish government to boost energy efficiency investment in Scotland, describing it as an effective way to deliver a “shot in the arm” to the nation’s economy.

The researchers, from the University of Strathclyde and the London School of Economics, said energy efficiency programmes can create up to 9,000 new jobs and drive economic activity across the country.

“Our own research shows that energy efficiency improvements free up disposable income for low income households to better heat their homes or to spend on other things,” said Professor Karen Turner, director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, in a statement. “This helps reduce fuel poverty and drive new economic activity, delivering a long term and lasting boost to the economy on top of the infrastructure programme itself.

“With the UK economy still reeling in shock from the EU referendum, energy efficiency investment is a direct shot in the arm, delivering a relatively rapid economic stimulus,” she added.

This article was written by Business Green – read the full story here.

Energy shortages are soaring before winter even sets in; energy efficient technology can help

The Independent is predicting that even a ‘moderately cold winter’ will increase the likelihood of the National Grid needing to use backup plans to keep the lights on.

Felix Chow, a Project Manager at Aurora Energy Research in Oxford told the paper: “Unpredictable variations in weather and plant availability means the capacity margin this winter could potentially be as low as 2.5%.”

A looming scarcity of gas plants, that at times generate half of the nation’s energy supply, means spare capacity is at its lowest in a decade.

“Gas is running more often than it was a year ago and outages now have more of a price impact,” Glenn Rickson, the London-based Head of Power Analysis at S&P Global Platts told the broadsheet.

“October is even more risky as it’s colder and there will still be some plant offline for maintenance in the coal and gas fleet.”

It all adds up to a familiar story of risk for big and small UK electricity users.

Today’s firms must internalise solutions to UK energy shortfalls

“It isn’t unusual at this stage in the year for the margin between supply and demand to appear tight during September and October,” National Grid told the Independent. “As we get closer to the time, we would expect the market to respond and demand forecasts to become more accurate.”

But truth be told, the story is now the same each year; power supply looks riskier and riskier. “Unfortunately, around this time of year we see the same stories arising in the media,” says Kevin Cox, Managing Director, Energys.

“It’s a real shame because year in, year out we see no new centralised solutions. The new agreement on Hinkley is years away.”

Cox believes the only way forward is for firms to deliver their own solutions, using energy efficient technology. “LED upgrades, lighting maintenance or boiler controls, all of these can and will lower your energy usage,” he says.

“That will instantly save you money, and insulate you against the worst risks of insecure power. If every business in the UK put efficiency first, there would be lower demands and less pressure on National Grid.”

Cox doesn’t think businesses are to blame for UK energy shortfalls, but does think they can step up while central policy appears lacking.

“If you look at how to save energy in factories, or how to save energy in offices, it is actually quite simple,” he argues. “We already have simple solutions like LEDs; they are affordable and offer vast energy reductions.

“Payback times are lowering across the energy efficiency landscape, solutions are increasing in both the scope of savings and the power of control solutions to offer add on benefits.

“This needn’t be about energy saving alone; this is about building a better, modern, flexible and adaptable business.”

Energys has a wide range of energy efficient technologies. We are delighted to talk through the options with UK businesses, large and small.

LED lighting upgrade achieves up to 75% energy savings for courier company

Energys Group’s range of New Vision energy efficient LED fixtures have been chosen to replace the existing high output fluorescent and metal halide fittings at Prompto Despatch in Cork, Ireland. The new fittings offer a highly energy efficient LED solution coupled with a 14-month payback.

With an extensive fleet of modern vehicles and state-of-the-art warehousing facilities, Prompto Despatch Ltd has steadily developed into one of the most efficient delivery services in Ireland since its foundation in 1986.

Following an audit and assessment of the existing lighting by Impact Energy Solutions, it was obvious from a detailed lighting report that the time was right to upgrade all current fluorescent, metal halide and SON lighting to an LED solution.

Office space

The office facility was previously equipped with standard 600×600 T8 fluorescent luminaires. Each fitting had 4x18W T8 fluorescent lamps (=108W including the ballast). Impact Energy Solutions suggested replacement of these fittings with New Vision 36W LED panels, resulting in improvements in light output coupled with immediate energy savings in excess of +65%.

Warehouse space

Even greater savings have been achieved in the warehouse space. Prompto’s 400W M/H lamps (=456W including ballast) were retrofitted with New Vision’s ‘plug & play’ 80W LED SON lamps, achieving instant energy savings of +75%.

External and internal floodlights

All external & internal 250W & 400W M/H floodlights have been replaced with New Vision’s 80W & 100W LED Floodlights, resulting in energy savings of +70% and a step-change improvement in light quality and output.

Outcomes

The shrewd decision to switch to New Vision LED technology has had an immediate and positive impact on the company’s bottom line thanks to a reduction in lighting energy costs by +60%, plus virtually zero requirement for maintenance.

The New Vision products also offer further piece of mind thanks to a guaranteed 5 year manufacturer’s warranty.

What the customer says:

“It was obvious from the outset that as soon as the New Vision LED lighting was installed we had made the right decision, with much improved lighting levels and instantly reduced energy costs.

“Impact Energy Solutions followed this up, by submitting and securing a Carbon Credit Rebate on our behalf for the LED lighting upgrade project. Apart from reducing our energy costs by more than 60%, we are delighted Prompto Despatch Ltd. is playing its part in reducing our national CO2 emissions.”

James Delea, Managing Director Prompto Despatch Ltd.

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Halogen spotlights to be phased out across Europe

Energy-gobbling halogen spotlights will be phased out across Europe from Thursday, in a boost for super-efficient LEDs ahead of a wider halogen lamp ban in 2018.

Directional halogen lamps already in stores can still be sold after today but no new retailer orders will be possible for the spotlights, which can waste up to 10 times more energy than LEDs.

First hit by the ban will be GU10 halogen spotlights and PAR30 halogen floodlights (big reflector lamps). Lamps with an energy label rating of B or above, such as low-voltage halogen spotlights, will not be affected.

Which? magazine last month advised its readers to switch to LEDs, which can cut lighting electricity bills by up to 90%, according to the coolproducts efficiency campaign.

Read more on this story in The Guardian