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Editor: David Keighley
13th March 2014

Is your business increasing its spend on energy efficiency measures? According to a recent survey by npower and the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, you might well be. It suggests that manufacturers are increasing their investment in strategic energy management and efficiency in order to improve their competitive position against a backdrop of rising energy costs.

Yet the survey voices the concerns of manufacturers and recognises that investment in energy management is not without significant barriers, including the perception of extensive payback periods and businesses prioritising other investments.

"Managing higher energy costs whilst maintaining international competitiveness is one of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today," says Gareth Stace, the EEF's Head of Climate and Environment Policy. "The most advanced companies are systematically addressing inefficiencies in their buildings and processes to try and mitigate rising costs that come straight off the bottom line."

Read more on this report at www.efficientenergy.net/n/104107.htm

EVENTS & EDUCATION

daDrives & Controls Show aiming for further expansion
Organisers of the 2014 Drives & Controls Show at the NEC next month anticipate increases in both exhibitor and visitor numbers over the previous event. More?

moPCIM highlights power electronics in solar and wind sectors
Trends in power electronics components and systems for the wind and solar energy sector will form the focus for May's PCIM Europe 2014 in Nuremberg. More?

slShow points the way to building an energy efficient business
Key factors in building an energy efficient business will be highlighted at next month's Sustainability Live 2014 event with its group of co-located exhibitions. More?

MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES

tiRetroFIT service provides efficient drive chain replacement
Tsubaki has devised a RetroFIT service to provide the most efficient drive chain replacement for a wide range of production machinery applications. More?

isControl software can cut plant commissioning and testing time
Invensys is introducing new SimSci process control software to shorten plant testing and commissioning schedules and improve plant efficiency. More?

BUILDINGS & FACILITIES

itIET Code of Practice highlights correct LED lighting procedures
A Code of Practice for LED lighting installations from IET covers all the key issues in the delivery, maintenance and system compatibility of LED systems. More?

sxEfficient steam plant installation helps cut hospital energy use
Spirax Sarco has delivered an energy efficient steam plant to feed a hospital's heating, hot water, humidification, laundry facilities and CHP plant. More?

VEHICLES & TRANSPORT

sgTrial will manage EV charging load to save grid congestion
Power integration specialist Smarter Grid Solutions is working with UK Power Networks on a trial to monitor and manage the load from EV charge points. More?

srSpecialist components designed to increase e-bike efficiency
Schaeffler has developed a range of bearings and other components to improve the energy efficiency and operating life of the latest designs of e-bikes. More?

ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT

maMetering options aid decisions on energy saving policy
Metering equipment options offered by MWA Technology can help facilities managers make informed decisions about their energy saving policy. More?

mrMeter gives accurate loop tests close to power source
Megger's new network impedance meter lets users make accurate loop impedance and fault current measurements on live circuits, even close to the power source. More?

MICRO-GENERATION

raCommercial heating package combines boiler and CHP system
Under an agreement with cogeneration specialist ENER-G, heating company Remeha is to offer CHP systems up to 90kWe as part of its 'one-stop-shop' package. More?

svModular CHP units aimed at smaller building applications
SAV Systems has introduced two MiniLoad Tracker modular CHP units to bring the benefits of combined heat and power to smaller commercial buildings. More?

FUNDING & FINANCE

ecEPSRC grant funds research into sustainable industrial materials
A £10.3m grant has been awarded to researchers by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to find more sustainable industrial materials. More?

LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS

omOfgem plans new rules for greater energy contract transparency
Ofgem is planning a new code of practice requiring energy brokers to be clearer with businesses about fees, contracts and which suppliers they represent. More?

David Keighley
Editor
EfficientEnergy.net

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