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The complexities of billing

  • 22 days ago (2020-03-08)
  • Junior Isles

The complexity of billing in the UK has caused problems for both energy suppliers and customers. But there are so many interested parties and bodies involved in the decision-making that change will be slow in coming. By Martyn Young, ZTP   

How UK energy managers can get C-Suite buy-in for a longer-term energy management plan

  • 27 days ago (2020-03-03)
  • Junior Isles

Research by npower Business Solutions, Energy HQ, found that 20 per cent of UK energy managers say that less than half of their energy efficiency plans have been implemented into business policy. Energy HQ has therefore launched a toolkit to provide energy managers with the context, insights and statistics they need to make the business case to their boards for adopting a long-term energy management plan.

By Ben Spry, Head of Flexibility Services at npower Business Solutions, Energy HQ.

Quantum predictions: technologies represent the holy grail of today’s industry

  • 27 days ago (2020-03-03)
  • Junior Isles

Matthew Pech, Finance and Control of AW-Energy Oy, explains how technological improvements are making ocean energy solutions more attractive for commercialisation.

Will the 2020s be the decade of the fuel cell? Five reasons to be optimistic

  • a month ago (2020-02-10)
  • Junior Isles

 If the 2010s was the decade of the lithium-ion battery, research shows the 2020s could be the decade of the fuel cell.  

By David Hart, Director for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen at E4tech

Non-energy costs in Europe

  • 2 months ago (2020-01-09)
  • Junior Isles

The complexity of the make-up of the non-energy costs and resulting non-standardisation across Europe means that even with a Single Energy Market for wholesale costs, we are a long way off having a single way of costing retail energy.

By Martyn Young Co-founder and Director of ZTP



The Energy and Utilities sector needs a cyber security revamp

  • 2 months ago (2020-01-02)
  • Junior Isles

By Rich Turner, SVP EMEA at CyberArk

The introduction of IoT sensors, smart meters, and integrated cloud services requires a proactive and up-to-date mindset when it comes to cyber security.

Renewables in 2020 and beyond

  • 2 months ago (2020-01-02)
  • Junior Isles

Paul Sheffield, Managing Director, Haven Power, Drax Customers, explores how the next ten years will turn up the heat for using renewable energy.

Get C-level Executives to Understand It’s ‘Crunch Time’ for Sustainability Initiatives

  • 4 months ago (2019-11-15)
  • Junior Isles

By Paul Marushka, CEO of Sphera

When it comes to getting a buy-in for a sustainability project—or any other plan that could be perceived as low priority—you cannot pull any crunches.

Number crunches, that is.

How to tackle environmental compliance in a decentralised energy market

  • 4 months ago (2019-11-01)
  • Junior Isles

Malcolm Gray, CFO and co-founder of Libryo, discusses the challenges energy businesses face with ever-changing legislation.

Merchant renewables: a viable investment or a bubble fit to burst?

  • 5 months ago (2019-10-03)
  • Junior Isles

Like many other nations, Spain has incentives to encourage investment in renewable energy production. After several years with a ‘moratorium’ on incentives and no new build, the need for incentives has disappeared almost overnight as renewable energy sources have reduced costs and have now achieved “grid parity”, meaning that they can be developed without government subsidies. Whilst this has encouraged an increase in renewable energy projects, it could be harmful to profits and have serious economic risks for investors. So what are the potential risks of taking a long-lasting grid parity in Spain for granted, how can these problems be mitigated and why is it relevant to us all?

By Javier Revuelta, ÅF Pöyry Management Consulting