Monthly Archives: "January, 2017"

Ofgem Consults on New Regulations to Secure the 2020 Smart Meter Deadline
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Suppliers are required to roll-out smart meters to all domestic and small business customers by the end of 2020 which will deliver significant benefits to consumers, such as ending estimated billing and giving consumers greater control over their energy use. Smart meters will lay the foundations for a future smarter energy system in the UK. Supplier planning is key to the success of this programme and Ofgem propose to use of its powers of direction to ensure that suppliers remain...

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Building Network Operators – New Responsibilities
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A Building Network Operator (BNO) is the organisation that owns or operates the electricity distribution network within a multiple occupancy building between the intake position and the customer’s installation. The BNO may be the DNO (District Network Operator), another licensed distributor or a third party exempt from an electricity distribution licence. A BNO does not require a distribution license if the distribution is less than 2.5MW or generation less than 10MW. The BNO standard needs to be adhered to...

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Sub Metering: A risky afterthought during development projects
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Sub metering is often considered to be a relatively small part of a multi-let new build / re-development project. As a result, it is usually addressed at a later stage as part of the wider electrical and mechanical systems and is not given the attention it deserves. From an operational perspective, metering forms a critical element of the internal systems required for a property to run effectively. Without access to data relating to the quantity and distribution of energy usage...

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Consultation – Reducing Emissions from Medium Combustion Generators to Improve Air Quality
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The consultation seeks views on draft plans to implement the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) and emission controls on generators in order to improve air quality. Medium Combustion Plants and generators are a significant source of air pollution and many are not currently regulated in the UK. The Government’s primary driver for action on air quality is the impact it can have on health and the environment. A cleaner, healthier environment benefits people and the economy. The MCPD is a...

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UK Wind Generation Outstrips Coal for the First Time
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History was made in the UK in 2016 when analysis revealed that energy from wind turbines exceeded that sourced from coal power stations for the first time ever. Figures from analysts revealed that coal-generated electricity in the UK fell from 22.6% in 2015 to just 9.2% in 2016. In comparison, wind power provided 11.5% of all generation in 2016 - 0.5% lower than in 2015. The removal of coal from the generation capacity has been a Government target for some...

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Gas Safety Consultation – Share your Views with the Health and Safety Executive
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, which include making the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks more flexible and clarifying that only gas safety defects should be recorded. HSE are proposing to do this through the introduction of a MOT-style flexibility to the timing of annual gas safety checks. Under the Regulations landlords are required by law to carry out annual gas safety checks on...

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