Blog - Guest Blogs & Editorials

Shining a light on independent solar connections

  • 1 year, 9 days ago (2018-06-08)
  • Junior Isles

When it comes to connecting new solar facilities to the National Grid, appointing an Independent Connection Provider can be an economic, efficient and standardised option for developers. Dave Ogden, commercial director at Smith Brothers, explores the benefits that can be gained from enlisting such turnkey service providers.

Energy companies can't afford not to be digitalized any more

  • 1 year, 19 days ago (2018-05-29)
  • Junior Isles

If you had to provide the documentation for any construction that your company has worked on, could you do it in 24 hours or would you be stuck paying daily fines until you could deliver what regulators say you should have on hand at a moment’s notice?

By John Nixon, Senior Director Energy and Utilities at Siemens PLM Software

Knowledge is power

  • 1 year, 20 days ago (2018-05-28)
  • Junior Isles

Understanding the EU clean energy package is the first step to success

By Leonardo Meesus, Professor at Vlerick Business School and Florence School of Regulation

Explaining decentralisation for the new energy grid

  • 1 year, 29 days ago (2018-05-19)
  • Junior Isles

Decentralisation ­– the transformation of the “one-way street” of energy into a multi-directional, multi-lane web – is nothing less than a revolution in how we generate, store, move, and consume energy.

By Darren Farrar, Energy Segment Manager at Schneider Electric


Getting smart on energy procurement

  • 1 year, 1 month ago (2018-05-07)
  • Junior Isles

Proving itself to be a real game-changer, technological innovation is opening up a wave of new possibilities for the commercial energy procurement sector, with businesses great and small now poised to reap the rewards of greater flexibility and intelligent data. From efficiency improvements to significant bill reductions, both the incentives and platforms are firmly in play, and so the ball is now in the court of the individual business: should they stay within the comfort zone of an inclusive deal, or set themselves up for a win by switching to a pass-through option? Chris Maclean, CEO, Open Energy Market shares his insight on how flexibility in the procurement market is changing the game.

Riding the waves of complexity in floating offshore wind

  • 1 year, 2 months ago (2018-03-23)
  • Junior Isles

In 2017, the offshore wind industry hit milestones and the headlines. It was a breakthrough year that saw the sector become more commercially viable and realise more of its considerable global potential than ever before.

By Eoghan Quinn, Global Wind Lead at the WorleyParsons Group. 


Exciting future ahead for the UK energy market

  • 1 year, 3 months ago (2018-03-16)
  • Junior Isles

January's announcement that the US government planned a 30% tax on the import of solar panels might have left the US market questioning the future of their clean energy industry. But, for those outside of the US, this dark cloud could have a silver lining as manufacturers look to increase market share elsewhere.

By Maria Connolly, Partner and head of Energy and Renewables at TLT

Decarbonising Britain: why are we so cool on heat?

  • 1 year, 3 months ago (2018-03-07)
  • Junior Isles

Kevin Stickney, Managing Director of Erda Energy, asks why we’re lagging on decarbonising heat in the UK and argues it’s time for the industry to up its game.

Could the UK be the supplier of choice for the global offshore wind market?

  • 1 year, 4 months ago (2018-02-08)
  • Junior Isles

Since 2008, the UK has been the world leader in offshore wind, with more installed capacity than any other country. Could it translate that domestic achievement into export success and become the supplier of choice for the global offshore wind market?

By James Young, Chief Technology Officer at JDR Cable Systems, Part of the TFKable Group

The power of analytics to master the modern grid

  • 1 year, 4 months ago (2018-02-07)
  • Junior Isles

The electric utility industry is undergoing a major transformation driven by new sources of energy generation (solar and wind power), consumer demand for faster and more affordable services and cyber security. The emerging modern grid demands accurate data and electric network information. As a result, managing data to harvest insights and forecast more accurately has huge potential to optimise operations. Utilities must therefore overcome current constraints and limitations to ensure high quality operational data is available. 

By Dan Beasley, Director, Utilities, Cyient