UK Power Networks puts forward 'flexibility first' vision
The UK’s largest electricity distributor has proposed adopting a "flexibility first" approach to the delivery of extra grid capacity, in a move that could bring renewable energy onto the network at a lower cost.
Report: Demand response will see EU meet 40% of its 2020 energy targets
Despite slow adoption rates of demand-response measures in several member states, the service is on track to enable the EU to achieve 40% of its 2020 energy and carbon reduction targets.
Aggregate Industries to reap rewards from AI-powered flexible energy platform
Heavy building materials firm Aggregate Industries is set to cut its annual electricity bills and energy intensity by 10% after installing an energy flexibility platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
Making the smart-grid transition: edie launches free guide for businesses
Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by smart grid technologies and solutions now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about making the smart grid transition.
Taking place TODAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'
Taking place today 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.
Taking place TUESDAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'
Taking place tomorrow 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.
Taking place on Tuesday: Live energy innovation webinar
Energy experts from Aggregate Industries and Oxford University are among the confirmed speakers for a live, interactive webinar taking place on Tuesday 20 March which will focus on delivering the smart grid of the future, today.
Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future
Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.
Capacity Market Auction: 'Bizarre' Government policies blocking renewables funding
The provisional results of the latest Capacity Market Auction were released by National Trust today (2 February), leading to the closure on a coal-fired power plant and concerns from the renewables sector that clean technologies are being blocked from finance.
Tapping into frequency response: edie launches free guide for businesses
Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by the UK's frequency response market now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about frequency response services.
edie Explains: Frequency response
How does frequency response work? What are the business benefits of adopting frequency response technology? And how will National Grid's planned overhaul of balancing services impact the frequency response market? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
One-hour webinar on building business energy resilience
Join energy management experts from M&S, Landsec and Centrica Business Solutions on Thursday 30 November at 11am for a live, interactive webinar exploring the practical steps businesses can take to achieve energy resilience.
EVs could provide 11GW grid capacity by 2030, research claims
Electric vehicles (EV) could deliver more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the grid by 2030, according to new analysis from a leading energy technology firm.
edie Explains Demand Response
This guide to demand response, produced in association with edie’s supporting partner Flexitricity, explores and explains demand response for energy and sustainability professionals.
Demand response: edie relaunches free business guide
Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to an updated 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.
Severn Trent looks towards smart energy future with demand response service
Water firm Severn Trent and clean tech company Open Energi have teamed up to deliver a demand response service which could provide the grid with more than 20MW of flexible capacity by 2020.
Energy storage: UK set for new battery research centre with Government funding
Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced details of the first phase of a four-year £246m investment into battery technology as part of the Government's drive towards a low-carbon industrial strategy.
UK Power Networks outlines smart energy vision
The UK's largest electricity distributor has today (17 July) unveiled its intention to become a Distribution System Operator (DSO) as part of its vision to help deliver a smart, flexible energy system.
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One month until edie Live 2017 - get your ticket now
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
Walmart kickstarts energy storage project to 'increase reliance' on renewables
American retail giant Walmart has penned a deal to combine energy storage systems with on-site renewables, in order to balance energy generation at numerous Southern California stores.
National Grid encourages large businesses to boost power demand this summer
Energy-intensive businesses are being urged to voluntarily shift their energy usage in exchange for a payment in the coming months, as the National Grid anticipates a summer of low peak demands on the system.
edie Live exhibitor focus: Flexitricity
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
National Grid exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence to optimise renewables
The National Grid has confirmed that it is in the "earliest stages" of discussions exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which could potentially maximise the use of renewable energy by predicting peaks in demand across the UK.
Rolls-Royce and Nestlé explore the benefits of flexible energy generation
Flexible energy generation, led by battery storage and demand response measures, is a route being "actively explored" by energy-intensive multinational firms Rolls-Royce and Nestlé, the energy managers of the respective companies confirmed earlier this week.
Getting ahead of the curve on energy efficiency
Energy management isn't a matter of life and death - it's the only way we'll save the planet.
Tech giants rally behind US energy storage market
A US-based coalition featuring companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla as members has applauded the efforts of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to open-up US wholesale electricity markets to energy storage and demand response initiatives.
Report: EU nations struggling to foster smart city transition
The majority of European Union (EU) members are showing "little progress" in developing smart built environment policies that encourage the uptake of energy storage or demand response initiatives, a new report has found.
Smart businesses should recognise their electricity is no longer a utility
Today (31 January), the National Grid will invite bids to provide 53.6GW of capacity to help keep the lights on when electricity supplies run low next winter, through the Capacity Market Auction.
Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?
The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, outlining plans to transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. But does the green paper offer enough tangible evidence that we are on the best pathway to a low-carbon economy?
How Travis Perkins is exploiting big data to maximise energy savings
Off the back of another successful year of energy reduction, British builders' merchant Travis Perkins is placing an extra focus on data analysis in order to take its energy management strategy onto the next level, the group's energy manager has said.
Artificial Intelligence to drive new UK demand response initiative
Innovative energy start-up Upside Energy has joined forces with a leading specialist university in a demand response project that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to reduce the UK's reliance on reserve capacity provided by traditional power stations.
Energy efficiency: Forging the path from compliance to competitive edge
Transforming an organisation's energy management approach from 'tick-box activity' to 'money-generating competitive edge' is easier said than done. But for E.ON Energy Solutions strategic account manager John Walsh, climbing up the pyramid is a worthwhile journey if you get it right.
Europe eyes 'big bang' in power savings from industry and SMEs
While standards for toasters, fridges, and TV sets have so far grabbed the most attention, the biggest potential for power savings actually lies in integrating industries and small businesses to the electricity system, a senior EU official has said.
Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement
The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
Report: European utility industry not prepared for 'vital' energy storage shift
European power industry professionals are acutely aware of the "vital" role that energy storage will play in transforming the energy mix over the next 10 years, but only a quarter are confident that the industry is ready to implement it.
Cornwall to host pioneering local smart grid trial
British Gas owner Centrica has launched a £19m trial to develop a 'virtual energy market' in Cornwall that will allow local businesses to sell their flexible energy capacity to the grid and the wholesale energy market.
Could gamification hold the key to driving demand response?
Households across the North East of England have been invited to engage with demand response initiatives through a new gamification platform developed by TheGenGame, Open Energi and Northern Powergrid.
Government call for evidence seeks business views on smarter energy system
The UK Government has today (10 November) confirmed its commitment to the creation of a smarter, flexible energy system with a new report which outlines the opportunity for businesses to actively balance their energy needs.
edie launches free demand response guide for businesses
Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.
Policy Exchange: Flexible energy system could save Britain £8bn by 2030
A smarter, more flexible power system which takes advantage of low-carbon innovations and technologies such as battery storage and demand response could create savings for the UK to the tune of £8bn by 2030, according to new research from thinktank Policy Exchange.
'Paris Agreement-proof' buildings needed to curtail soaring emissions
Energy demand from the building sector will double by mid-century without widespread adoption of low-carbon technologies and a significant improvement in building and appliance efficiencies, new analysis has found.
Demand-response 'makes complete sense' for heavy industry
EXCLUSIVE: The business case for demand-response now makes "complete sense" and should be exploited alongside other emerging green technologies such as battery storage systems, one of Britain's largest construction materials suppliers has said.
Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response
In its last report before being disbanded, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has urged the UK Government to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand response technologies that could provide a clean, flexible and secure energy system fit for the future.
Winter electricity blackouts now 'exceedingly unlikely'
The risk of power cuts this winter are now "exceedingly unlikely" thanks largely to £122m of contingency balancing reserve services helping to balance the electricity system, the National Grid has confirmed in its latest Winter Outlook report.
Demand response offers 'positive PR' for business energy management
The author of a new report which investigates the benefits of using demand-response measures to strengthen Britain's energy system has told edie that businesses can "quite easily" use the technology to reduce energy bills and improve green credentials.
What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?
On Thursday (29 September) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released UK energy statistics for the second quarter of 2016, but with coal and renewables generation both falling, does the Government need to adjust its energy policy?
Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity
Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear project.
DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union
GMB has slammed National Grid as being "naively complacent" over its intention to use demand-side response (DSR) to avoid blackouts, and has called for the company to be stripped of its system operator role.
'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds
The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.
National Grid 'risks undermining business confidence' with demand-side service withdrawal
National Grid's decision to cancel a tender financially incentivising companies to reduce electricity demand during peak times in winter months has been criticised as a "short-sighted" approach which will "undermine" business confidence in the UK energy strategy.
Virtual power plants: 10 of the best demand response projects in the UK
As demand response continues to gain traction among sustainability professionals and energy managers alike, edie rounds up some of the biggest and best projects across the UK that are demonstrating the vast economic and environmental potential that this burgeoning technology has to offer.
Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?
Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.
Business-led demand response could generate £8bn for UK
Businesses could provide electricity equivalent to output of six new power stations by flexing demand and utilising better-enhance onsite generation projects, a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has claimed.
Demand response spreads to the media as Scottish publisher embraces smart-grid thinking
The Herald and Times Group has discovered a new revenue stream worth up to £250,000 after becoming the first newspaper group to sign up to Edinburgh-based aggregator Flexitricity's demand response initiative.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer
Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein in this fourth episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 03 - Sustainability skills special
In this special edition of edie's weekly podcast, we sit down with P&G's global sustainability director Virginie Helias, who provides an insight into the skills and expertise she's acquired after 28 years' experience with the FMCG firm.
The ‘decade of disruption’ starts NOW: an edie Live primer
As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.
Living Grid: British businesses join forces for demand-response energy system
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's, water company United Utilities and construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries have become founding partners of the Living Grid, a new demand-response 'energy ecosystem' which aims to create 200MW of flexible power across the UK.
The 'Panama Papers' of effective energy management
As the impact of the biggest leak in the history of data journalism continues to snowball around the world, an equally compelling document came across the edie editorial desk this week - a document that contains information that could surprise the CEOs of some of Britain's biggest organisations.
National Grid to incentivise energy demand response during summer of excess
The National Grid will offer businesses money to shift their intensive power demand processes to periods of low demand as Britain prepares for a summer that will generate excess amounts of electricity.
Hanson embraces demand response approach to energy management
Building materials supplier Hanson UK is pioneering a demand-side response approach to energy management, with the technology being rolled out to 29 of the company's quarries across the country.
What did the Budget mean for energy managers?
The scrapping of the CRC came early in the Chancellor's budget speech, and with it the sense that this might not the be the whitewash on energy and climate change of some previous contents of his red box. There did follow a range of other tweaks for energy and climate change, but far from the policy 'reboot' promised by the Secretary of State last year at least, it was more of a sense of business as usual in the 2016 budget.