Many UK small and medium-sized businesses could be playing a
lottery with their energy purchasing - simply because of
their reluctance to move from a fixed to a flexible contract.
Mark Alston, director of energy broker ENER-G Procurement likens
it to buying your car's fuel for the whole of next year
at today's pump price and gambling that you've chosen
the cheapest day.
"There's a misconception that you have to spend
millions to access flexible purchasing," says Alston. However,
ENER-G has introduced a range of MyFlex products which allow
SMEs to buy smaller 'chunks' of energy throughout
the length of the contract, with the aim of buying during price
dips and avoiding the nasty spikes.
One option offers the opportunity to sell-back or re-purchase
at opportune points in the market. Another 'collective' approach
allows small users to combine their purchasing power.
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EVENTS & EDUCATION
to discuss energy procurement challenges
Schneider Electric is hosting a webinar later this month to focus
on the use of hedging programmes to address the current challenges
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to reveal successful energy efficiency measures
Tesco, Birmingham Airport and Nestle are among businesses to reveal
details of their energy saving measures at an Energy Management
Forum in Birmingham. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
piping gives fast compressed air system installation
Atlas Copco's AIRnet pipework system has been enhanced with
a Pre-Fit range of fittings that have been 'pre-torqued' for
quick push-together assembly. More?
control software optimises pump efficiency
WEG's new Pump Genius process control software is designed
to enable engineers to optimise plant pumping systems so that they
run more efficiently. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
material selection made easier by App or online tool
New product selector website and App from Armacell will help contractors
and mechanical services engineers choose the right technical insulation
BMS improves efficiency and reduces energy costs
Honeywell has updated its flagship Enterprise Buildings Integrator
BMS to enable facilities personnel to view their core building
technologies with greater ease and precision. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
48V drive module allows new options for hybrid vehicles
Schaeffler's new compact 48V drive module has been designed
to bring significant operational advantages to the development
of hybrid vehicles. More?
to expand Northumberland EV charging network
ABB is to supply and project manage the installation of 20 multi-standard
EV chargers in Northumberland as part of a Department for Transport
funded project. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
device measures machine power use via Wi-Fi
Wi-Next has introduced a low-power SmartNode to monitor real-time
power consumption of industrial machines using a Wi-Fi sensor mesh
web-based system gives easier energy monitoring
Carbon consultancy Concept Energy Solutions has updated its web-based
monitoring and targeting tool, ASPECT, to give greater flexibility
to multi-site users. More?
a working demonstration of ground source energy
'Simultaneous heat pumps' installed by GI Energy have
cut energy costs and provided both heat and cooling at the showpiece
Urban Sustainability Centre. More?
and ABP in £310m wind power and green port projects
Siemens and Associated British Ports have announced projects for
wind turbine production and green port developments on Humberside. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
and Tata link for energy storage research
UK Government funding is to support research into storing solar
energy and development of new materials at Surrey University and
Tata Steel R&D. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
needs to play role in encouraging low carbon innovation
Collaboration is needed between Government and industry to unlock
the latest innovations in low carbon technologies, says the Carbon