NHS must act now to beat deadline for £46m NEEF fund for LED lighting

Lighting and energy efficiency solutions business Energys Group is encouraging NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to act now in order to take advantage of an additional £46m of funding available for LED lighting upgrades and installations.

The deadline for applications is 30th November.

The funding has been announced by NHS Improvement. It is designed to inject £46m of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in order to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS.

LED lighting will provide better quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon.

Kevin Cox, Managing Director at Energys Group said: “We are urging Estate Managers across the NHS to move swiftly to take advantage of it this funding stream. The clock is ticking – and there are less than two weeks to go.

“This £46m fund will help NHS Trusts to reduce carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. This frees up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services.”

LED Lighting Framework Agreements

As timescales for applying for and using the funds are very tight, Energys Group is urging Trusts to take advantage of one of the existing LED Lighting Framework Agreements which give Trusts access to pre-qualified organisations, thereby ensuring both an efficient and cost-effective delivery.

Energys Group has recently been approved by the Essentia Framework (for NHS LED lighting) and is also an approved supplier under the YPO Framework. Both frameworks provide a free service to NHS Trusts to support the entire process from bidding for the Grant monies, through tendering the work and delivery of the solution.

Applications for NEEF should be submitted through the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. However, for an initial energy audit or advice on LED upgrades, NHS estates teams can contact Energys Group direct.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 30th November.

Energys Group encourages NHS Trusts to take advantage of NEW £46m funding

Energys Group is encouraging NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to take advantage of an additional £46m of funding available for LED lighting installations.

The funding has been announced by NHS Improvement, and will inject £46m of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in order to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS.

LED lighting will provide better quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon.

Kevin Cox, Managing Director at Energys Group comments “Estate Managers across the NHS have a huge challenge in striking a fine balance of patient care coupled with operational efficiency.

“The announcement of this additional funding for NHS Trusts across England is great news. This fund will help to reduce carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. This frees up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services. We strongly urge NHS Trusts to act quickly and secure this additional funding before the deadline and reap the multiple benefits.”

As timescales for applying for and using the funds are very tight, Energys Group is urging Trusts to take advantage of one of the existing LED Lighting Framework Agreements which give Trusts access to pre-qualified organisations – thereby ensuring both an efficient and cost-effective delivery.

Energys Group has recently been approved by the Essentia Framework (for NHS LED lighting) and is also an approved supplier under the YPO Framework. Both frameworks provide a free service to NHS Trusts to support the entire process from bidding for the Grant monies, through tendering the work and delivery of the solution.

Applications for NEEF should be submitted through the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. However, for an initial energy audit or advice on LED upgrades, NHS estates teams can contact Energys Group direct.

The deadline for applications is 12 pm 30th November 2018.

 

New Salix funding for academies and sixth forms announced

In conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE), Salix has now opened its applications for the Salix Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF).

The interest-free funding is available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), who are seeking ways to reduce their energy usage.

Over 100 technologies are eligible for the funding, including LED upgrades and intelligent boiler controls.

Applicants are not required to make any upfront payments, instead the interest-free funding is repaid based upon the predicted energy savings.

Deadline and timescales

Applications opened on Friday 28th September 2018, and the deadline for submissions is Friday 30th November 2018.

Projects need to be completed by December 2019, with the loan value being repaid within an eight year period.

Energys Group has helped many schools and colleges apply for Salix funding, including the College of North West London whose cost savings were so substantial that the college was able to achieve payback on its capital investment in just two-and-a-half years.

Visit the Salix website for further information on funding; or contact Energys Group to find out how we can help.

Energys Group’s August 2018 Horizon Scan: tracking trends in UK energy

UK energy use continues to fall

This month the Government released 2017 figures on our energy use.

The detail is astounding; low carbon electricity’s share of generation increased from 45.6 per cent to a record 50.1 per cent, driven by the increase in renewables generation. And, final energy consumption fell by 0.7 per cent.

Business Green noted a yet more vital trend within the numbers. Primary energy consumption in the UK, it explains, has now fallen by 19 per cent since the start of the century.

Actual figures are 236,856 ktoe then, 192,126 ktoe now. This has happened even though our overall wealth as a nation has grown over that period by well over one-half.

Put simply, Business Green believes we have succeeded in decoupling growth in living standards from growth in energy consumption.

“The release of these energy figures is a true reason for everyone in the energy efficiency sector to celebrate,” comments Kevin Cox, CEO, Energys.

“Low carbon is now well and truly established on the UK and world stages. And tellingly, as we push on towards newer and loftier goals, we expect to see the proportion of savings provided by energy efficiency grow exponentially.”

Funding frenzy

In other positive news, the Mayor of London launched his £500m energy efficiency fund.

Utility Week said the energy fund has been launched in London to help hospitals, universities and small businesses cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.

The Mayor’s Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF) will provide finance to fund new low carbon technology or upgrade existing infrastructure, with an investment period of up to 20 years.

The announcement follows a study by the Green Finance Taskforce which revealed many public sector organisations are unable to install energy efficient measures due to a lack of necessary finance.

Gab Barbaro, Managing Director at British Gas Business, said, “Improving the energy efficiency and resilience of public buildings and business premises in London will bring significant benefits for all; reduced costs, lower carbon emissions and increased productivity.

“But we know that securing funding and boardroom buy-in can be significant challenges.”

“I agree,” comments our own MD, Kevin Cox. “Finance can be a big challenge. At Energys Group we can help with planning, funding applications, and we offer the tools to get energy efficiency on the boardroom table. We also have our own finance and funding options too – this gives energy professionals a choice of routes.”

Energy price war continues

Finally this month, The Independent is reporting that British Gas owner Centrica shed 340,000 UK customer accounts in the first 6 months of this year, during which time the energy provider announced a price hike affecting 4.1 million households.

The news reflects a continuing challenge for the UK energy sector; providing power at a reasonable price to the UK’s people.

Against the price hikes, Centrica’s revenue was up 7 per cent in the first half to £15.3bn, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation rose 3 per cent to £1.3bn.

The group also highlighted “ongoing political and regulatory uncertainty” as challenging factors. There is a sense among the sector that many energy providers are passing over the costs of smart meter installation and the development of a more flexible grid to consumers.


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Energy saving technologies for colleges: Why efficient heat and light make for sustainable education too

Right now, the Conservatives are launching reviews into the costs and expenses of the UK university system.

This makes it a very apt moment to remind ourselves how the most energy efficient technologies can save vast amounts of cash across our education hierarchies; cash that if correctly leveraged could potentially help lower the burdens of funding education.

Sensing these benefits, but also the overarching sustainability and CSR wins offered by efficient kit, Public Sector Build Journal (PSBJ) has recently examined the positives of Energys work in London’s BSIX Sixth Form College.

What’s the story, and does it shine a light on wider options for enabling efficiency across our teaching estates nationally?

Top line savings

PSBJ begins by highlighting the key numbers; LED lighting and dynamic boiler controls supplied by Energys at the East London College are predicted to deliver some £25,000 of annual energy savings.

This figure of course does not mention CO2 benefits; the boiler optimisation work alone will offer 28.66 tonnes per year of carbon savings, great for the environment but also for the college’s ongoing carbon reduction work.

In anyone’s book that £25,000 represents serious cash; the figure is a telling reminder that within an environment where UK teaching remains fundamentally pressured when it comes to cash, it’s simple to achieve both financial and CO2 wins that can offer up money to support teaching in other ways.

Bob Herring, Premises Manager of BSIX College, spoke regarding the economics and the positives of the work carried out by Energys.

“We realised that with the latest boiler control and LED lighting systems we could achieve a dramatic reduction in our energy costs,” he comments.

“We wanted to achieve a greener, more carbon efficient college. Thanks to the collaboration with Energys that has been possible; and all in a mere three weeks of work that had very minimal impact on the day to day activities of the school.”

More handy cash on hand

In terms of lighting, return on investment for this project is set at four years, while the return period for the total investment will be around two years. Remember, after this, the installation starts making money for the college.

“We’re delighted with the work that has taken place at BSIX.” comments Kevin Cox, Managing Director, Energys.

“Clearly, this is a sixth form college and not a university. But here’s an example of an energy efficiency project that’s offering up £25,000 per year to an educational facility and delivering massive CO2 wins as well.

“It seems to me that in the wider debate over tuition fees, we might perhaps want to be thinking about where and why the overall costs of teaching, in all its forms, can be massively assisted by energy efficient tech.

“And surely we ought to be teaching our children this lesson too; that energy efficiency not only helps our planet; it can help fund our children’s growth and learning.”


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