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The European Union: out of the race for civil nuclear geopolitics?

  • 1 year, 5 months ago (2020-07-01)
  • Junior Isles

While many regions were trying to shape up their R&D investments, the European Union was removing itself from the race for civil nuclear. Now, with the challenge of achieving an sustainable energy future, it is looking to get a seat at the table.

By Benita Dreesen

Save our start-ups! A battle cry against coronavirus

  • 1 year, 5 months ago (2020-06-16)
  • Junior Isles

The ecosystem is an essential facet of Europe’s future economy. Without it, there is simply no way we can rise to meet the climate and environmental challenges that we are facing. Yet many of the start-ups and entrepreneurs that underpin this ecosystem are falling between the cracks of state-led support and have limited access to credit.

By Elena Bou, Innovation Director, EIT InnoEnergy

Energy contracts: Come Hell or High Water - or come Covid-19

  • 1 year, 5 months ago (2020-06-13)
  • Junior Isles

As the spectre of COVID-19 remains, energy professionals should review their existing contracts to evaluate their obligations and actively consider the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on existing and future negotiations of energy contracts, including the use of “hell or high water” clauses.

By Julia Kalinina Belcher,  Deborah Ruff and Charles H. Golsong of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

How utilities can support the adoption of electric transport

  • 1 year, 7 months ago (2020-04-24)
  • Junior Isles

Paving the way for EV adoption in the UK is a delicate equation, but there are a number of improvements to the electrical infrastructure that utilities can begin work on now.

By David Hall, VP Power Systems UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric

The complexities of billing

  • 1 year, 8 months 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

  • 1 year, 8 months 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

  • 1 year, 8 months 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

  • 1 year, 9 months 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

  • 1 year, 10 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

  • 1 year, 10 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.