Is the renewal of business energy contracts about to become
something of a political football? Energy regulator Ofgem, keen
to see businesses win a better deal on their energy contracts,
currently limits the automatic contract 'rollover' period
to 12 months and is expected to review the possibility of an
outright ban next winter.
However, the Micro Businesses and Energy Contract Rollover Bill
2012-13, which seeks to limit energy contract rollovers to 30
days, is due to receive its second reading later this month -
although the date is likely to be put back. The Bill is strongly
supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) which believes
that many small businesses are often unaware of the terms relating
to contract rollovers and this is being used to lock some businesses
into unfair contracts.
The FSB is keen to work with Ofgem to see the rollover practice
is stopped completely. And the Federation has now been told by
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna that Labour supports such
a ban and would also place a one-year limit on any back-billing.
For an update on the Bill's progress, visit http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/microbusinessesandenergycontractrollover.html
EVENTS & EDUCATION
maintenance platform to focus on reducing energy waste
Aimed at maintenance engineers, Fluke's new online resource
advises on reducing energy waste, optimising uptime and improving
equipment efficiency. More?
strategy highlighted at Energy Management Forum
At a Carbon Trust-backed forum next month, supermarket chain Sainsbury's
will outline the strategy that has significant reduced its CO2
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
compressors use less energy to produce oil-free air
Tamturbo has introduced new direct drive turbo compressors designed
with fewer mechanical components and offering lower energy losses
and less wear. More?
drive system cuts plant's energy and maintenance costs
Maintenance and energy costs have been reduced significantly at
a plastics recycling plant by replacing a DC drive with an AC variable
speed system. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
energy efficient LED lighting meets IP65 standard
Premium Lighting Solutions has developed waterproof LED light fittings
to IP65 for sectors such as food and healthcare that need to maintain
a clean environment. More?
system brings energy savings to food processing plant
Lighting energy consumption at a food processing plant has been
reduced by installation of a Steinel intelligent lighting control
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
pumps help increase efficiency in off-highway vehicles
Improved control on Saur-Danfoss piston pumps can bring increased
cooling efficiency capability to off-highway vehicles. More?
vehicle behaviour data shows the cost of idling
Data from fleet management company Fleetmatics suggests that idling
vehicle engines could be costing businesses as much as £40m
a year in fuel costs. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
to combat energy contract rollover trap
Energy purchasing consultancy ENER-G has announced a 'reminder' service
to prevent businesses being caught out by automatic energy contract
checks the value of energy saving schemes
A White Paper from energy management company Drumbeat outlines
the value of independent checks on the savings delivered by energy
saving schemes. More?
to boost low-cost OPV module development
Solar technology developer Solar Press and coating specialist KROENERT
are to develop manufacturing systems for lower-cost organic PV
piezo material for high-efficiency energy harvesting
Morgan Technical Ceramics has launched a new piezoelectric material
suitable for use in energy harvesting and scientific instrumentation
FUNDING & FINANCE
member companies urged to apply for new EU funding
Members of the European Wind Energy Association are being urged
to apply for new EU funding towards renewable energy demonstration
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
releases plans to support renewable project decisions
The Government's Final Investment Decision Enabling programme
sets out its plans to help developers of low carbon energy projects
make investment decisions. More?